Thursday, August 6, 2015

Day in Life

A Day in the Life of a First Time Marathon Trainer

CHICAGO, HERE I COME!


GET UP
  • Wake without alarm between 4:00-4:30 and check weather.  
  • Immediately get anxious over high temp and humidity and toss and turn until time to get up.   
  • Put on clothes laid out night before, eat half a yogurt and drink few sips of Gatorade.  
  • Try to answer your husband politely when he asks for 673rd time, "Didn't you run yesterday?" 
  • Hide a key (because your kids lock you out) and place water bottle in mailbox. 

OUT ON A RUN
  • Sleep during warm-up mile because, you know, it's still dark.  
  • Wake up around mile two and progressively work harder.
  • Wave to other runners and don't forget regular walkers when you pass by neighborhood park.    
  • Try hard not to loop around for water for at least 2.5 miles (this requires running up steep hill).  
  • Think about absolutely nothing. 

BACK AT HOME
  • Save Garmin info, sync Fitbit, and hydrate while creating large puddle on kitchen floor.  
  • Place running shoes on back porch to dry and hang up running clothes so they will not mold.  
  • Take way-way-way-too-long shower.  
  • Eat peach oatmeal with blackberries and milk, pack lunch and get ready for work. 
  • Put easy supper in crock pot. 

AT WORK
  • Obsessively check phone, e-mail, blog, and weather.
  • Work!  Work!  Work!
  • Google anything you think of regarding running, running apparel, running accessories, running shoes, marathon training, pacing strategies, preventing injuries, health, food, travel, etc.
  • Work!  Work!  Work!
  • Obsessively check phone, e-mail, blog, and weather.

HOME AGAIN
  • Finish cooking and eat early supper.  
  • Clean kitchen, complete load of laundry and bark out orders to other family members.  
  • Read blog posts and work on one of your own. 
  • Walk dogs if not too hot, raining, or too dog-gone tired.
  • Foam roll, stretch, watch TV, play Alpha Betty and go to bed. 


Please tell me something exciting about your day -- because obviously mine is not!



I'm linking up with the lovely ladies of the DC Trifecta.
Please visit their blogs and other participating bloggers!


Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC,
Mar from Mar on the Run!.


47 comments:

  1. Sounds like a long, busy, full day to me. Kudos to you for getting it all done!

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    1. Thanks. If it's important enough, we make time.

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  2. I think you've described my days, mostly. Except substitute cycling for running. Amazing how I would have thought 4AM was more appropriate as a bedtime than a wake-up time at one point in my life. How times have changed...

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    1. I know! Who wakes at that time? Apparently, I do. I can't help it. You do what you need to do to get it all done.

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  3. wow - very full and busy day!! #runninglife

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    1. I'll admit, spare time is non-existent. But having a lot of that would drive me nuts.

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  4. Wow! Getting up at that time without an alarm is impressive. I used to hate waking up at that time for my flights. And you still see people out at the time running so early. I thought you'd be the only one out at that time. Goodluck in continuing your marathon training.

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    1. I can't help the early wake-up call. I wish I could sleep later on some days. You are so right, you see people out running extremely early. Time is what we make of it.

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  5. haha I like that when you are at work, you Google anything and everything running! Saying I am impressed that you get up that early is an understatement...I am totally amazed! I am excited for you that you are going to be a marathoner!! Happy Training!!

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    1. It's multi-tasking at it's finest. Thanks for kind words. I'm excited too.

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    1. Thanks. Not very exciting but pretty full.

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  7. Hilarious post. I find training for the marathon is tough, not just from the physical standpoint and pounding out all those miles, but from a family perspective. Since my husband loves golf, I can usually manage my long runs when he is gone and then he is not quite as aware of the time I am running!

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    1. Golf is my husband's thing too! He's played all of his life. He is a late sleeper (and my teens) so I don't think anyone really misses me on my super early weekend long run. So that works out pretty well.

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  8. LOL! I love it! Not boring at all and sounds familar, except I have to have a cup of coffee before I can even figure out how to get my sports bra on! :)

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    1. You know, I LOVE my coffee. But, I do not drink it before a run. It's the one thing I cherish the MOST afterwards. Speaking of sports bras, I love my new Reebok brand but they are a little hard to hook. It couldn't possibly have anything to do with my age!

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  9. I'm heading there fast! I think I've already got the routine of getting up and getting either my walk or run on, I know for sure I have the obsessively checking phone, email, weather and google search for anything relating to running! I'm not doing so well about preparing ahead meals for supper or stretching and rolling, nor getting in the bed early (not always my fault) :( I love peeking into your life don't ever think it's not interesting! Have a great weekend my friend! ***INSERT PLUG*** See you, right here at our very 1st Weekly Wrap Link Up come Sunday at Midnight!!!! ;)

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    1. It's about getting into a routine. A few years ago, I decided I would make time work for me, hence the getting up really early. I realized we should never think it's too early or too late or I don't have time. Just make time fit YOU. I'm looking forward to the Weekly Wrap (shameless plug).

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  10. I had to laugh at the Google entry... what would we do without the ability to check EVERYTHING :)

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    1. Ignorance was bliss, I guess. There's no way we could go back at this point.

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  11. Love this!!! I think we have very similar thought processes when it comes to going about our days. I can totally relate to much of what you shared!!! YAY for us accounting/finance folks!!!

    It's funny because everyone seems to think their own routines are boring - but I really love reading these "Day in the Life" posts! They are such a great way to get to know folks!!!

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    1. I saw a snake on today's run, so I had a little more excitement than usual. LOL. I like reading about everyone else's day too.

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  12. Our days look similar! I'm an early bird too, but that's early even for me :) I'm running Chicago too! Good luck with training!

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    1. Occasionally, I'll over sleep to about 5:30. LOL. Awesome -- you are running Chicago too! I hope your training is going well. I can imagine it's pretty warm and muggy where you live.

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  13. Oh, my gosh, H! I love this SOOOO much!! I am dying over here because I can totally relate to the part of your day when you "Google anything related to running..."!! I do it, too!! It's like a wormhole, too, have you noticed? One link leads you to an article which leads to another article or blog or something and then it's all over. I'm so excited that marathon training is in full swing for you; this is going to be an amazing experience!!! Hope you have a great weekend!

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    1. It is a wormhole. All of a sudden you realize 45 minutes have gone by. Oops! Good luck with your long run this weekend. Maybe we will get a little break in the dew point.

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  14. That's impressive that you wake up so early without the alarm! Your breakfast sounds delicious.

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    1. I wish I could sleep later on some days. It's definitely a treat when it happens and I don't stress if I miss a run because I figure I needed the sleep more. I'm so into blackberries right now.

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  15. oh my you are one of those people who wakes up way too early on purpose?! You can pack a lot into your day that way :)

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    1. Yes, annoying isn't it? I wish I could sleep in. I just can't. I'm so jealous of those that do.

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  16. Excitement? Oh, I got in the Big Sur Lottery today! That means I'm running another marathon in April! Yikes! but this one is a bucket list race for me. No expectations, except to finish and get that awesome handmade ceramic finisher medal.

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    1. Awesome, Wendy! What a wonderful experience that will be. Oooo...so jealous! Yes, it's definitely a bucket list race for sure. That will be great timing too, don't you think? (Are you doing there another marathon between Chicago and Big Sur?)

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  17. I certainly can't help you in the excitement department, but that peach oatmeal with blackberries and milk sounds delicious. Peach and blackberry is one of my favorite combinations. I'm totally with you on the googling too. I can't imagine life without google!

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    1. It is a wonderful flavor combination. I feel as if I'm eating cobbler! You can't go wrong with that.

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  18. I found you through the linkup. I've never thought about putting a bottle of water in my mailbox but that is a really clever idea for runs when I have to pass the house and don't want to go into the house. I too google things like crazy and do a lot of research on running stuff, as well as obsessively check weather.

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    1. You should see what's in the mailbox on Sunday when I do my long run! It's a good thing the mail doesn't run that day.

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  19. Hahaha, I'm the same way with water. I have gotten so much better about running hills, but I'm not going to go out of my way to run one :-)

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    1. Right now I'm training for a flat marathon (Chicago). I don't WANT to run any hills but I just can't avoid them around here. I try!

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  20. Wow, that is such an early time to not wake up without an alarm! I wake up at the same times, but definitely need the assistance of an alarm haha. My days are not so exciting between work and school. And I spend a lot of my time looking up running stuff, in my free time, and because it relates to my major in school, but I don't get sick of it and it sounds like your the same way:)

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    1. Sleeping well was never one of my strengths. I stopped setting an alarm over 17 years ago when I had a very colicky baby in the house. I also figured out later than when I set one, I worried all night about when it was going to go off. So I don't.

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  21. LOL I also created a puddle on the kitchen floor this morning after my long run! LOL. I'm running Chicago too! It's my first time so I'm really excited. :D

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    1. It's my first marathon ever, so I'm a little freaked out...and excited too.

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  22. I had to laugh because I often tell people, I don't usually wake up until sometime into my 2nd mile:)
    Although, I am super impressed you can get up that early without an alarm! On days I don't set an alarm, I am lucky if I wake up before 10 or 11. That is pretty awesome!
    FYI, your day doesn't sound boring at all!
    I frequently search for new hikes to do during the day. On days that I go to work (library not the weddings.) if I am on a computer I just look over hiking maps, and if it is really slow, work on future blog posts, LOL

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    1. Don't be impressed. I'm just a really bad sleeper! LOL. I've always loved looking at maps in general. I wonder why that is?

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    1. You do whatever it takes to work it into your day.

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