Monday, September 5, 2011

zapped ...

If Hood to Coast taught me one thing, it was that I can run wicked fast on two hours of sleep. My fastest leg, and perhaps best run of my life, came seven hours (including the two that I slept) after an 8K PR. I now know, I have the mental and physical strength to push through.

But, you can only push through for so long. Right now, I am zapped. The last 19 days have been so hectic and crazy and exciting and worth cherishing that I have been pushing through to make sure I don't miss anything.

And it's finally caught up to me.

Since August 18th, I have ...
  • Driven 11+ hours to and from Rhode Island and then another 3+ hours from Rhode Island to New Hampshire (and back) with three small children along for the ride.
  • Flown cross country twice in five days.
  • Ran/Survived/Crushed Hood to Coast.
  • Logged 107.88 miles.
  • Bought a new car.
  • Dealt with some "life stresses"
  • Eaten nothing but crap.
  • Made new friends and amazing memories.
  • Managed my family and maintained our home.
  • Prepped for my children's return to school.
  • Forgotten to sleep.
And now, I am paying for it all. I can barely stay awake. I had the most sucktastic 14 mile run yesterday. And I might be slightly moody. But, I wouldn't really know. You'd have to ask J.

So, to remedy, I am hitting reset. Taking the rest that I need. Sleeping as much as I can. Eating something other than the jumbo chocolate chip cookies that are sitting on our stove. Because if I don't, I'm pretty sure that things are going to get pretty ugly around here.

17 comments:

momof3 @ Neurosis of the Stay at Home Marathoner said...

sounds like a plan. I took a cross train day today, even though it would have been "convenient" to run... I know that hitting reset is the right thing to do.

Michelle said...

The first step to recovery is admitting it! :) You have been crazy busy! Take a few days to reset...sometimes it takes that. After our relay, I felt like I had run TWO marathons. It took a while to get my body back to happiness. Sleep deprevation is a crazy thing. Especially when you have a family that relies on you to come back "normal".

Wym said...

Rest when you die. My motto. Not a good one, but Im sticking with it.

DEM said...

Enjoy every second of that rest, you deserve it all! You have pushed to the limits this past month and have some great things to show for it!!

Elle said...

Wow! Sounds like you have definitely earned that rest!

Pam said...

I hit that reset button yesterday. For all of the EXACT OPPOSITE reasons. I have done nothing... ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to speak of in entirely too long. So you go rest while I try to undo some of the damage I've done to myself these past few weeks of nothingness! Enjoy your holiday! :D

Lisa said...

The best thing about this post is that you recognize that you need to take a break. So many times, we as athletes/moms push through it until we break.

enjoy some extra sleep (if you can find it).

XLMIC said...

Sounds like a most excellent plan. Happy chillin' :)

Monique said...

Please get some rest. Otherwise your body will force you to, and that won't be nice. Besides, you've definitely earned it.

Rene' said...

Rest my friend! You deserve it!

Amanda@runninghood said...

Yes, sounds like you need a break! And so glad you recognize this! Enjoy. Go take a nap in that awesome new ride of yours that I saw a picture of recently. Nobody will find you in there...turn on the AC, put the seat back, listen to some tunes and chill out. ;) Or just rest like a normal person.

Running Ricig said...

You definitely deserve some rest. I mean, even super heroes need a nap :)

Vanessa @ Gourmet Runner said...

You have definitely earned some rest! I'm taking the day to do a whole lot of nothing, and I suggest you do the same. Crazy few weeks you have had lately!
:)

trifitmom said...

give that body and mind some rest...well deserved

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

I couldn't believe when I saw you post that 14 mile run. Thought you had to be simply burnt out after your past few weeks! Glad to hear you are going to take a little moment to recharge. You completely deserve it!

Forward Foot Strides said...

Enjoy your rest, hope you feel rejuvenated soon :-).

Jesser said...

I think you're the only person I "know" that rivals me in crazy time management and it's nice to see I'm not alone. I mostly get lots of incredulous head shaking. Enjoy your rest. You've certainly earned it.