Some people like coffee, some people like energy drinks, some people jump out of bed and are ready to tackle the world without so much as a blink of an eye. What type of person are you?
Michael and I sleep in toasters and well …….Mick and Aby look more like Garfield above, which means they do what, sleep in a roasting oven? I think they could sleep/stay in bed until Michael or I quite literally pulled them out of their warm oven. Pre-Michael, their slow wake up habits were a huge benefit to my fitness. I could get up, dress, leave, run 20 miles and come home in time to make them breakfast. Upon my return, they would still be 1) sleeping or 2) “possibly” out of bed but in front of the tv/computer looking like two disheveled zombies. They never once looked at me like “where have you been” when I walked thru the door after a 20 miler cuz it wouldn’t occur to them to care as long as breakfast was soon forthcoming. Those were the easy days. Early morning runs. Early morning workouts, both during the week and on weekends. Yes, I would absolutely hop out of bed at 3:30 am to run 8 miles before Mick would leave for work at 5:15 am. It was easy that way and the bottom line is if you wanna run a marathon, it helps to long some miles. I just wanted to run (and still do!).
Now we have another person in the house who sleeps ready to pop out of that toaster at any given moment. This mom’s workout routine has been all jacked up for the last 2 years. This would be the point in time when the lil booger learned to climb out of his damn crib. My morning workouts are now sporadic because my lil man pops out of bed as soon as he hears me move. I honestly think he can subconsciously feel my heart beat and as soon as the BPMs go up, he knows its time to rise & shine. We go in spurts where I’ll get in some decent morning sessions, then we will go for a long time where he wakes up each and every morning before I’m even out of bed or dressed. Then I’ll have a period where I totally give up the early sessions because I get tired. Yes, tired. As in tired of fighting my lil man! I’ve been on that “tired” phase for a while. It’s not very convenient either cuz my workouts then have to be squished into my real life. This week was a bit hectic with 3 volleyball games, doc appts, major school projects and well, I never did squish in my tempo session yesterday. So the tempo fell to this morning. It was the only option. It was this morning or it would be skipped like last week. So how to deal with Mr. Micheal? Threats. Bribes. Begging. I told him if he got up this morn and heard the treadmill running to NOT come downstairs. No matter what. I threatened encouraged him to instead go get in bed with “sissy” and I’d come get him as soon as I was finished. Apparently he got up while I was plugged into the Walking Dead. Went to the top of the stairs. Screamed for me. Then screamed that he was going to get in sissy’s bed. Total win cuz God will never give me more than I can handle and apparently He also doesn’t want me to die running a marathon due to ill preparation. Thank you, Michael. Thank you, God.
What I realized after my tempo session this morn? Wow, do I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my morning workouts. I’ve been happy all day. Excited about life. Not dreading work. At peace. Traffic was GOOD this morning! It’s mid afternoon and I’m still living off the high. Thank you, Michael. Thank you, God. Thank you, Walking Dead for helping me nail that tempo session. Thank you, Run Less Run Faster for the training plan that pushes my limits while still letting me manage my life.
Last thing, I’m starting to realize that I can nail this marathon plan. I’m starting to believe that it just might be possible. I’m starting to believe that I’m copping out on my speed sessions and I can probably really do them if I just suck it up have the right thing on Netflix. If I can run the tempo session, I can run the speed session. I have the ability. I have the speed. I can do it. It will come together.
“If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it, even if I may not have it at the beginning.” ― Mahatma Gandhi
** Happy Running ** Amanda – TooTallFritz **