Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Wake Up and Run

It seemed like a great idea.

Tuesday morning I heard the alarm go off and could tell that it had stopped raining. The sun was shining through the blinds. I must have been feeling guilty about missing the Sunday run; that I missed again on Monday; because I thought to myself - I should get up now and go for my 4 mile Downtown Loop. My wife gets up and in the shower first. I have plenty of time for a run while she is in the bathroom. I was clearly thinking this thought but apparently I was more dreaming it than actually thinking it because I never made it out of the bed. I know I intended on getting up in my head but I never put it into action. I was in that weird "not really asleep, not really awake" state. I guess my brain and body weren't on the same page. The next thing I fully realize is that the shower has just turned off. That's my cue to get up for real. So much for makeup runs. It would have been a beautiful morning for a run.

When I got home from work, my enthusiasm from the morning, had worn off. My plan called for speed work, but I really didn't feel up to it. For some reason I felt really chilled even though it wasn't cold at all. It was in the low 50's at the worst. I even toyed with the idea of scrapping the run all together.

I think the guilt of three days off finally got the better of me because I finally decided to do the neighborhood 6 mile loop that I had done in early February. I started off feeling a little unmotivated but by mile 2 I had hit my groove. Mile 3 to 6, I felt like everything came together and I was just flying down Badillo Ave. I had started my watch at the beginning of the run but never checked it during the run. My time was 49:14, 8:13 pace. This is the exact pace predicted for tempo runs from the Runners World link I got last week. I don't know if this means anything in terms of my training or current fitness level but I was pleased. I am really glad now that I didn't back out.

I am going to make tomorrow night's planned 8 miles an easy run.

6 comments:

Anne said...

Glad you were able to nudge yourself into action. And I had that same chill yesterday -- even while doing speedwork last night. Couldn't 'shake it' even while sleeping last night, but I'm fine this morning. Of course, I also have the heat cranked in the house right now.

Robb said...

I always feel good once I get out there in the morning. That first step out of bed is the hardest part...everyday! Funny how the guilt gets us eh?

Nice run time...good workout!

Dawn - Pink Chick said...

Great job on finally getting out there. I've been like you a few mornings, half dreaming I was out running and feeling like I was out there, only to wake up and find out I'm still in bed...lol.

PLANET3RRY said...

I think that will all go through that "justify not running", that's what I did this past week! But doesn't it feel great when we have a great run once we are out there! That is one of the best feelings as a runner.

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angie's pink fuzzy said...

yay!!! good job

Rae said...

Great job on the run! It's been so cold here all week that I've been completely unmotivated. I've had all 3 of my runs this week on the dreadmill because I refuse to get out there in below freezing temps, what happened to spring???