Thursday, August 13, 2009

long day(s)

Thank goodness for schedules and the motivating power of putting on the running clothes. Otherwise I'm not sure I would have done anything but come home and sleep today. Wednesday I had the "wonderful" perk of my job - delays in Newark for no darn reason other than it's Newark. Awesome. So my 5:26 PM flight was delayed nearly 3 1/2 hours before they realized "the plane was no good". The had another plane but it wasn't arriving until 9:50 PM. Mind you I had a day trip Thursday to hotlanta and my flight was scheduled to leave at 6:18 AM. So to make an already long story a little shorter I didn't land until 11:45 PM and walked into my condo at 12:35 AM. I was able to pull off a stellar 3 1/2 hours of sleep before my 4:05 AM wake-up call. Suh-weet.

My site was cool with my deliriousness today so that was good. I caught an earlier flight home that actually arrived relatively on time. Still with the earlier flight it ended up being a 12 hour day! The whole day, when I wasn't sleeping or working, I was thinking about the running schedule and how I could possibly make up 11 miles if I didn't run today. There was no way I could. I came home checked some e-mail I hadn't checked in what felt like a week but wasn't and slowly changed into running gear. It helps I had just spent a crapload amount of money at nike.com and had some new fun stuff to take for a spin. Plus I had my 3rd pair of WRIGHTSOCKS to try. (I promise that review on the 3 single layer socks I tried this week). Well the power of the new gear took over and I headed out to see how far I could make it before the exhaustion took over. I promised myself to take it easier than usual and if it didn't click today I would turn around. The legs felt like cinder blocks the first mile or so and I contemplated turning home but then it started to fall into place. I made it the full 11 miles! Then I came home showered, got dressed, and did something I've never done in Chicago... I went to dinner by MYSELF :) I do it all the time while on the road but have never done it in my own city. It was a nice little evening at my favorite Indian restaurant.

I have to say I'm very proud of myself today! Normally I would have come home changed into my "fat pants" (aka pj's) and curled into bed with the computer. I feel so much better that I didn't! Now it's time for some much needed and deserved sleep!

17 comments:

D10 said...

Nice job getting in the 11 after a long day of work. Hope you have a great weekend.

runner26 said...

new running gear is the best! newark is not reliable -- bummer about the severly delayed flight. but nice job getting in the mileage despite the long day!

Shannon said...

Impressive! I often fight with my inner voice on weather to go out for a run or not. The "Not" tends to win more often then the "go for it." But it feels really good when I do go for it.

Mark said...

You are doing great facing the unforeseen challenges. Glad you made the 11 miler! I've never been to Chicago!!

kilax said...

Wow! After two days like that, I would have crashed! I am happy the 11-miler went so well, and that you treated yourself to a nice dinner!

KAT said...

YEAHHHH girl! The first couple of miles always seem like the hardest for me too, but you just gotta keep on going :) I love great long runs!

Jeri said...

I honestly don't know how you stay motivated to get in the runs when your travel plans go awry. It amazes me. :D

Marlene said...

An 11-miler after a day like that? Good for you, girl! Those new clothes bust have been uber motivating!

Mel-2nd Chances said...

Kudos to you for getting it done! Superstar!! :D Have a great weekend.

Laura said...

Glad you were able to at least get the early flight home! Delays suck :(

kristen said...

I know I've said this before, but I don't know how you do it. I'm so impressed. I would have totally gone with the pjs. Sorry about all the delays. I have traveling these days.

The Laminator said...

Wow...what a crazy travel schedule. Great job for getting in the 11 miles. Back on track now!

X-Country2 said...

Way to get out the door and get it done! You're right, new stuff always helps.

RunToFinish said...

oh my word I had a day like that this week for sure. i can't believe you do it so often.. there's just no way I could do it all the time

MCM Mama said...

Great job! I could never get in 11 miles after a normal workday, much less the long one you had!

J said...

Way to go! Sounds like a tough schedule! i would have been pooped and the fat pants would have sounded good after that day! Have a good weekend!

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