Tuesday, August 4, 2009

sleep does a body good

Due to my early morning wake up call Monday morning and no sleep despite my best efforts I ended up reverting to my 3 year old self. This included getting annoyed at everyone and everything around me, losing my train of thought easily, crankiness, and nearly crying. The crying happened when I couldn't open my bottle of diet pepsi. The cap was glued to the bottle and even scissors wasn't getting that sucker off! I have a nice slice and open sore on my thumb from my nearly 30 minute attempt at opening the dang bottle. Oh how I needed the caffeine; it just wasn't meant to be :) Later while sitting on the tarmac in Chicago because there was no gate available Jacob called me. He was making fun of me because I was acting all over dramatic about a regular occurrence. I snapped at him "Every little thing becomes a major catastrophe on only 2 1/2 hours of sleep" He just laughed at me - that didn't help ;) So after all that no workout Monday ;) Early to bed on Monday night and after 9 1/2 hours of sleep I was ready to go today! It felt amazing to sleep well and long. My body desperately needed it.

Thanks to all that sleep I had a pretty incredible 11 miles this evening. I maintained a 9:30 min/mile pace which is excellent for me! I felt incredibly strong and I can only hope this feeling follows me for the remaining of my training. We will see...

On the run today I decided to take some GU along for fuel as well as my new favorite drink - Zym. GU just doesn't do it for me anymore. It does in a pinch and does provide needed energy but I get so hungry on mid-long runs that it starts to hurt the last few miles. I feel as though shot bloks and GU chomps "fill" me up more or at least satiate my groaning pterodactyl stomach.

In other running related news I signed up for the Oak brook half-marathon on Labor Day. This will be my first half in nearly 2 years! Incredible... I've been meaning to run them over the past 2 years but some how I procrastinated in signing up, didn't ever get to training, or it just didn't work with my schedule at the time. I will have to do a bit of maneuvering of the schedule this time around to make it work that week. Pftiz calls for a 10K - 15K warm-up race on the Saturday of race week and there is a race on Sunday which would work better. However, I have a ticket to the BMW golf championship in Cog Hill that day. And I'm sorry but my boyfriend Tiger Woods takes priority on Sunday :) I'm also looking into another 8K race 2 weeks later. More on that later.

Alright off to pack for Ohio! I'm excited to see the family (even if not under the best circumstances). And I am super stoked to run a local trail. It will be a nice change of scenery even if it takes 45 minutes to drive in the morning.

15 comments:

Mark said...

Glad to hear about the great run! Wow! To see Tiger Woods! I'm cryin' here!:)

D10 said...

Sleep does make things better! Glad you had a great 11 miler. Very cool about the BMW golf championship and half marathon.

Marlene said...

Sooo true that the smallest things become major catastrophes on lack of sleep. Glad you were able to catch up on rest and have a kick-ass run!

kristen said...

I swear If I had as much on my plate as you I would be like that all the time. I don't know how you do it. I'm glad you got some much needed sleep.

J said...

On that little sleep I would be cranky too! Great job on the 11 miler! i am sure that half marathon will be fun and good training for you!

X-Country2 said...

I can feel myself being crabby too when I don't sleep enough. Good luck on your half marathon!

Jeri said...

Oh I'm an absolute child when I'm sleep deprived. Look out! AWESOME pace for your 11 miler. :)

rodney said...

Good luck with the half. And nice job with the sleeping. 9+ hours of sleep is pretty rare for me. I'm jealous.

MCM Mama said...

Glad you got some sleep and got in a great 11 miler. Have fun at the HM!

Mel-2nd Chances said...

Glad you had a great run... i should be sleeping right now! LOL Enjoy the golf, and yay for signing up for the half!

runner26 said...

any reason why you picked that half?? glad you're feeling better after a good night's sleep.

aron said...

i love to sleep :) it definitely helps the running too!

kilax said...

I've been thinking about doing that run, if I end up staying in town for Labor Day. :)

I feel that way when I get little sleep too! I am happy you got to catch up.

Chris said...

Man! You manage a lot. Sleep deprivation is debilitating. Hope you can stay on a better sleep schedule.

I too have found that shot blocks keep me fueled longer than GU, although I've been trying Roctane on occasion too.

Have a great time with your familiy!

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