Greetings from Minnesota.
There’s nothing like days of frigid wind-chills and single digit or negative temps to make 25 and sunny feel positively balmy!
It’s all about perspective. 🙂
I suppose it’s time for a look around the farm. Things are definitely more white than they have been all season.
Do you recognize Sugar in the photo spread above?
She was too busy eating to look up for the photo! I guess she has a good excuse though; she’s growing her baby that’s due in June.
Are any of you guys morning runners?
I’m certain some of you are. I am mostly a morning runner, but it’s something I have to work at. I have never been one to spring out of bed.
I like the idea of mornings more than the actual practice. And I love the feeling of a morning run, but the getting up is always hard.
I’m the type to hit snooze about 3 times. I also wear my running shorts and socks to bed occasionally in hopes that it will shorten my get-ready time and maximize my desire to get to the gym or outside.
Lately though, I’ve been exhausted. Especially on nights when we don’t get home until 9 pm or later. Many nights by the time we eat supper and clean up, it is way later than I’d like. Then if I have any other projects that need attention… well, you get the idea.
Sometimes when I fail to get up I hear my alarm and ignore it. More often than not, I truly sleep through multiple rings and finally wake up just in time to get ready for work.
I’m still getting in some quality miles, but the quantity is suffering. Next week marks 12 weeks until my sub-2:00 half-marathon attempt, and I want to train well.
I’m not one of those people who believes that training starts and ends with a plan. I know the base mileage and speed work I’ve put in this year so far is probably just as important as any 12 week schedule.
And, my training is flexible. I don’t mandate certain things on certain days, but I do want to hit a decent weekly mileage and include speed and tempo work.
I guess I just really want to be consistent and try not to miss key workouts before race day.
I also know I can’t train well (or function well at work or as a wife or human being in general) if I’m exhausted and sleep deprived.
So I’m working on finding balance. The truth still is some mornings I’ll just need to find a way to hear my alarm and get myself going – no matter how tired I think I am.
Any tips or tricks to share on this? Am I the only one who struggles?
On an entirely unrelated note, who plans to listen to the “State of the Union” tonight?