An Early-Morning Running Revival

I meant to write this post yesterday in the morning, but I ran out of time. Before I get into my Monday recap, here’s another look back at this past blog year from Feb-May 2010.

February
Went to a great Ballet and enjoyed some Greek Food!
I worked from home for the first time ever…and liked it!?
I officially deemed myself a “Winter Runner.”
My 14-Mile Training Left Me Feeling Nervous about BQing.

March
Went to a Blogger Dinner at Caravan of Dreams
My 15-Mile Training Run left me in better spirits.
Went to a Blogger Brunch at Candle Cafe.
Went to some bridal shower and bachelorette fun!
Experienced a SUPER SPEEDY run that left me hopeful!
17-Mile Training Run Success!
Enjoyed some well-deserved “Choice Eats.”
Ran an awful “Worst Case Scenario” Run.

April
Ran my first 10k Super FAST!
I ran my first 20-miler in upstate NY all alone.
Dealt with some major BQ Doubts
Ran my second 20-miler in the pouring rain, but survived!

May
Time to taper and enjoying some wedding fun!
Ran my last longish training run before the marathon.
Enjoyed my 28th Birthday!
Ran the Pocono Run for the Red Marathon and BQed!!
I took a look back at “How I got my BQ.”

It’s actually really good for me to look back at all this stuff to remember how much hard work I put into training for the Pocono Marathon. It will help me to get myself ready for this next round coming up in December.

Even though my “official training” for Boston doesn’t start until December 13, I need to get myself back into shape. So I started moving in the right direction with an early-morning run with Kelly on Monday morning. I managed to get myself to bed by about 10:00 p.m. on Sunday night. Kelly and I live about two avenues from each other, so I started heading her way around 5:30 a.m. and then we took off for Central Park from her area. Here are our stats:

Mile 1 – 9:27
Mile 2 – 8:19
Mile 3 – 8:46
Mile 4 – 8:39
Mile 5 – 9:06
.89 – 8:30

Total – 5.89 miles in 52:50. Average pace – 8:58 minute miles

The run went by really quickly and then it was time to dash around to get ready for work.

Monday was long and exhausting. I first had a pounding headache all day and then that turned into a dull headache. Plus, they are blasting the heat now and that was really getting to me. Our office is either freezing or sweltering.

When I came home last night, I ate dinner and watched some Dancing with the Stars, but then I went to bed at 9:15. I was just too tired. I hope I’m not getting sick.

But I slept great last night and woke up this morning feeling much better. I guess maybe I just needed the quality rest.  And after 8+ hours of sleep, I would hope I’m feeling better! I think I might try getting that again tonight.

What is your bedtime? If you don’t get enough sleep, do you ever feel sick or run-down?

Alright – have a great Tuesday all!

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12 responses to “An Early-Morning Running Revival

  1. Yay – great running with you! Looking forward to many more :)
    Glad you felt better after sleep! I’m the same way – if I don’t get enough sleep I’m a hot mess. That said, my bedtime is usually between 9:00 and 9:30. And yes, I have confirmed it is earlier than both my grandmothers and my great-grandmother. :)

  2. I am realizing more and more just how much sleep I really need. I function best on a solid 7-8 hours, but I only get that a few days a week. Can’t wait till school is done so I can be on a normal schedule again (and maybe run with you once in a blue moon!!).

  3. Someday I’ll go to bed earlier…… on the rare occassion I do go to bed early, I feel fabulous. But too often I get caught up doing random stuff and time slips away from me…. next thing I know it is a 11pm or so.

  4. Fun recap! I have to be asleep by 11/1130, otherwise I will be a zombie.

  5. I always feel a little run down if I don’t get enough sleep. I’m in college, though, so my bedtime varies a bit.

  6. I liked the recap…you have had a great year!! I HAVE to get 8 hours of sleep a night. Knowing that, I try to make that a priority. I would say that on average I get about 7 hours but I know I work better with just a little bit more. But I am working on it. I have found, recently, that sleep is just as important as good food and exercise. It all goes hand in hand for me!

  7. Loved reading the recap… getting to bed early is top on my list. Getting enough sleep is important!!!

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