I was supposed to do six miles this morning. I was supposed to get up at 4:30 so that I would have more than enough time to do the full six miles. However a late bedtime and three snooze buttons later, I realized that I wouldn’t have enough time. Rather than not run at all, something I would have liked to have done in favor of sleep, I decided to work with what I had.
I ran my usual morning route of three miles, but I did go a little extra…I went to the next block. I felt a small degree of victory that while I didn’t run the scheduled amount, I at least ran more than half.
It definitely showed the importance of a good nights sleep. According to my FitBit I only got 5 hours and 18 minutes of sleep, with 11 minutes of restlessness. This is a couple hours less than I typically get. I definitely could feel it when my alarm went off. The first mile and a half really was a struggle to keep going. I honestly wanted to quit before I got to the end of the street. My eyes were just heavy and my bed was so warm, I swear it was calling my name.
However, I started listening to Ellen DeGeneres’ Seriously…I’m Kidding. After the drudgery that is the introduction/forward and listened to her chapter on advice from a super model (herself) I found myself a little lighter on my feet. On the way back I actually found myself laughing out loud. (To the neighbors on Market Street, I apologize if I woke you or freaked you out laughing).
On the upside, I had negative splits. They weren’t as fast as yesterday BUT they were negative. Also, if I had stayed in bed I would have missed the amazing full moon and the stars. It is rare in the city to see the stars so vibrantly, but this morning for some reason I managed to see the stars shining brightly.
The struggle to get up and push through really is, in some ways, more important than the mileage. Training myself mentally to get through that which I don’t really want to do will pay dividends come race day. While I’m frustrated that I didn’t get my full six, I will try and focus on the aspects of the training today that will get me where I want to be. Tomorrow I will improve on those areas that may have been overlooked today. All I can do is keep moving forward….and get a little more sleep.