Making the Ultimate Sacrifice: Sleep!

Like I said in my last post, last night my office went to a Sox game and I didn’t get back until late, and wasn’t in bed until close to 11. I like going to a yoga class at my gym on Wednesday mornings at 6, but I knew I needed to get in a training run too. I don’t mind doing a morning and evening workout, but I knew I’d be especially tired tonight, so instead I just got up at 4:45 and made it to the gym with plenty of time to get in another 3 miles and still make it to yoga on time.

My run was on the treadmill, so unlike my little free for all yesterday, this time I couldn’t help but stare at the numbers. That’s definitely going to be one of my challenges – for a girl who hates math, I am a lunatic about tracking my stats!  The training group that I signed up for has me running at a 5:1 ratio and 11:30-minute miles.  Last week I ran on the treadmill and started off fine but ended up going slower than 11:30. And I definitely panicked.  I know me and I know how I run and typically I’m much better outdoors, but still – it was enough to make me second-guess the 11:30 pace group (there’s another run/walk option with my training group but they’re doing 12-minute miles. Which is fine…but with my half marathon I averaged just over 11, so I know I’m CAPABLE of going a little faster…just need to actually do it!).  This morning, though, I ended up coming in under 11:30, so that was a huge relief.  I’m still not at all confident as a runner so it’s important to me that I have solid training runs before my long group run this weekend – I already get a stomach ache when I think about it but focusing on what I’ve already done helps to calm me down…mostly. 🙂

After the run I did get to the yoga class and I felt like I was more flexible than usual because I was already so warmed up, though that could be in my head.  I always laugh…my yoga instructor starts every session with having us set an intention for our practice…every time, mine is “do not fall asleep in class. Do not fall asleep in class.” Not that I really am ever in danger of doing that, but sometimes those stretchy poses just feel so good you want to stay like that forever, esp when your eyes are closed!  Happy to report I did stay awake the entire time. 🙂

One kinda cool thing – as we were starting off, my instructor told us to inwardly reflect on how our bodies were feeling – my gut reaction to myself was “pretty damn good.” It is VERY rare for me to feel anything positive about my body (I’m sure I’ll get to more about that in subsequent posts…), so for that to be my go-to response felt kind of great.

And with that I am off to bed at 6:06 pm…kidding…mostly….but a 4:45 wake-up is definitely not for me. Once in a blue moon, okay, but not after going to bed the night before! I do want to keep up with yoga throughout my marathon training and I do love this class, so I guess on the mornings when I feel up to it it’s something I’ll stick with; otherwise I’ll just bookend my Wednesdays at the gym, which is also fine.

Good evening!

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