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November 16, 2009

Case of the Mondays?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 15:41

Ugh to Monday mornings.  I don’t actually *not* like Mondays (they’re really not so bad) but my Monday runs? Well let’s just say that I’ve come to accept that they will be slow, heavy and difficult.  But, like most things in life, if you try to embrace annoying stuff your attitude will shift.  I’m hoping this will be the case with Monday running although it’s hard to embrace getting up at 0600 (compared to “sleeping in” the days before) to run early (rather than mid-morning which is ideal for me) on little sleep (Sunday nights are sooooo hard to get to bed at a decent hour!)

Last night I tossed and turned forever, not taking my first shut-eye until 0000 (midnight) and then promptly waking up at 0243, 0307, 0457, 0534 and finally my alarm at 0600 (well technically 0559 haha).  I have no idea why last night was so restless.  I think the temperature of my room was a bit warm but I wasn’t fully awake enough to get up and open my window so I didn’t.

Needless to say my eyes were, and still are, stinging a bit from not sleeping.  I felt more awake after doing some corework to kill time before the sun came up (ugh winter is a-comin’) but I knew that, like other Mondays, a speedy run was not in the cards.  I tried to let go of the desire to push-push-push but it’s hard to do so!

My quads felt a bit shot and heavy and I prolly should have called it quits after the first 5 miles of a loop that I had planned.  But I am nothing if not stubborn so I stuck out the 3 mile loop that I wanted to do for a total of 8 miles.  I’m kind of glad that I did the second loop simply because my quads loosened up and I was feeling stronger.  I stood up straighter and my stride felt smoother.  Granted my legs still felt drained at the end but those 3 miles did boost my mood that I *am* capable of running.  The first 5 miles definitely tested why I wanted to be out there.

The weather was pretty darn perfect too.  Mid-40s and cloudy, although there was so much fog! It practically hurt to breathe.  I don’t mind the fact that fog running is creepy but all that moisture in the air? Trust me, our lungs do not want to breathe water.  We live in land, not good ole H2O for a reason haha.

Given all the “bad” conditions (fog and my lungs, heavy legs) the run is a success in my book because it made me feel good when I was done.  My heart rate was a bit higher than I would have liked for an easy run though and for that reason I’ve begun debating whether to start using my HR in my training thoughts.  I already take my HR immediately after a run and then 2 minutes after but I’ve started wondering whether it would be useful to monitor this during runs, when I wake up etc.  It might be a good way to feel better about pacing or decreasing/increasing mileage if I have actual hard data rather than “my legs feel heavy”.  Hmmm something to ponder this week.

And thanks for the “pep” talks re: my friends and my birthday.  I’m not feeling as upset as I was over the weekend.  Running will do that for you. Plus I’ve been having really vivid dreams.  Sure, when I remember my dreams it means that they were scary / disturbing but there were definitely moments where my mind was at ease and I woke up smiling. Wonderful dreams make up for bad days. Always 🙂

Since today feels like spring I’m going to go now and enjoy the rest of my day.  GO DO THE SAME! haha


  1. Bamf!! Monday runs are always, always a grind. Good for you for getting it done.

    Comment by a marathoner — November 16, 2009 @ 16:56

  2. yah, mondays are a b*tch. it was so hard to get up for work today…i was trying to think of every excuse in the book – but alas, i have to be responsible…sucks. great run girl!!…i didn’t run today after long run yesterday…maybe i was ‘copping out’ – i’m sure i was, but i did go to the gym and got on the elliptical and just walked on the treadmill and my legs were tired so maybe it was okay. whatever, no pressure right?

    Comment by eatmovelove — November 16, 2009 @ 20:52

  3. Yeah Monday runs suck! Great job sticking it out though 🙂

    Comment by Matt — November 16, 2009 @ 21:45

  4. I HATE not being able to sleep! its the worstttt…you go to bed thinking “oh I am going to get so much sleep tonight” only to find out that you cannot actually get to sleep haha…. anyway… the “curly” pasta is called fusilli— learn something new everyday!! haha and I got the vaccine because I personally feel like it is safe. now this is just a personal opinion. i believe that it was tested enough and its not really all that “new”. I mean they have been making vaccines now for a long long long time. this is just a new strain of the seasonal influenza virus. another reason I got it is because 2 of my roommates got it. I have 5 days until the philadelphia marathon- and i am gonna do whatever i can to prevent illness..and believe me I have! haha ppl around here are dropping like flies with the swine flu (not dieing just getting sick lol). I think the risk of getting the flu is greating than the vaccine…especially if you are preggo or immunocompromised. i could be wrong though! let me know what u plan on doing!

    Comment by Christina — November 16, 2009 @ 22:10

  5. if it gets bad enough i actually take nyquil. otherwise i am miserable to be around lol. so i’m doing myself AND everyone else a favor 🙂

    hope you get some rest. sometimes it just happens.

    stubborn and a runner= long distance 🙂

    Comment by Lacey — November 17, 2009 @ 12:54

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