Zombie Run

Remember how I got that root canal yesterday and then didn’t sleep well? Yeah, I think I got maybe 4 hours of sleep last night. I woke up not very happy this morning and have been a zombie ever since.

Especially in the two hour long work meeting this morning. I was dragging ass. I DEFINITELY did not feel up to running. To be honest, I’ve never NOT wanted to run more than today. Then I started to think about it.

  • I’m exhausted and running on 4 hours of sleep = excellent simulation of how I will be able to run in Hood to Coast completely sleep deprived.
  • I need to practice running a few times close together– again to simulate Hood to Coast and having my 3 Legs about 10 hours apart.
  • I ran last night at 8:30pm with the plan to run again today at lunch. I needed to just suck it up.

So I made a compromise. I decided to run in the gym in my office instead of the 4 mile loop I usually do.

The GOOD thing about running the Esplanade Loop is that I am committed to running the entire thing. You’re kinda stuck on the other side of the river if you decide to be lazy. So I am never lazy. πŸ™‚ But I find that when I run the track, or run the treadmill, I don’t have that same staying power and I tend to get bored easily.

Today I ran on the treadmill in the gym. It was nice, I had the gym all to myself and it was a peaceful run. Amazingly enough I was NOT a zombie once I started running!!

I ran at a fast pace, felt light on my feet, felt suddenly energized. I did about 30 minutes on the treadmill at that pace and then did a bunch of work with the jump rope and ab ball:

I felt pretty fantastic. And the best news? My legs felt awesome! No stiffness, no soreness, nothing! I was fully prepared to be slow and sore from last night’s run and I wasn’t. πŸ™‚

I still can’t get over how awesome of a workout that jump rope is! It’s baffling but I was running at a fast pace on the treadmill and my heart rate never maxed out like it did with the jump rope!

The outcome? I feel pretty awesome after my workout. Energized. Happier. Stronger. Excited about Hood to Coast!

Today’s Stats:

Time: 38:24

Calories Burned: Β 352

Miles Run: 2.25

Activities: Treadmill, jump rope, ab ball

Feeling pretty darn good about my workout right now. πŸ™‚

QUESTION: Do you have a new workout that you’ve discovered and love?

Must. Rest. Now.

I had a little pity party for myself last night. I got home from work and I felt tired, cranky and sore. I watched the last two episodes of NCIS while I iced my legs, ankles and hips.


Fat Kitty helped me ice. πŸ˜‰ So I was wallowing a bit last night.

“How can I be this sore and achy when I only run 2 times a week?”

“Other people run every day and don’t seem to have these issues.”

“Maybe I’m NOT a runner.”

“Maybe I should quit running.”

“I’ll never be able to compete in the Las Vegas Half.”

“Is the Foam Roller making things WORSE instead of better?”

Blah blah blah….you see where my mind was going. Then I thought back and looked at my workout calender…Yep. I’d exercised (intensely) for 6 days in a row.

6 DAYS IN A ROW? No wonder I was tired, cranky and sore! And my first Brick Workout was in there, too. Silly. So today I am resting. And possibly tomorrow too.

Last night I made a concoction of leftover chicken, veggies and quinoa for dinner.

I steamed the veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini).

I reheated the leftover rotisserie chicken from the other night and put all of it on top of the quinoa. I topped mine with Goddess Dressing and Michael ate his plain. It looks ugly but it was good!

QUESTION: How do you feel if you exercise too often?