- Wake up to the alarm at 6 AM, still feeling like crap, about 40 hours into a 60-hour week.
- Skip breakfast, make it up by drinking black coffee until noon. Get good and dehydrated.
- Work through lunch.
- After a long and frustrating day, grudgingly set out for practice with team at 4 PM, in 85+ degree weather and high humidity.
- Covered in sweat in the first mile. Check the watch at mile 1, nearly 9 minutes. Realize this run is shot already. Fight the urge to give it up and limp home.
- At 1.5 miles, turn around. 3 will be a minimally-acceptable day for the log.
- Take some small satisfaction that I didn't bail out entirely or walk today.
How to have a good run:
- Wake up at 8:30, no alarm, fully rested.
- Have a good breakfast, and leisurely read the news for an hour.
- Leave the house at 10 AM, 65 degrees, no humidity.
- No sweat, no worries. Check the watch at mile 1. An effortless 8:15.
- At the end of a 3-mile loop (still at effortless 8:15's), decide to do one more on account of the weather. Tack on at the end to round out 50 minutes. Logging 6 qualifies as a "long" run these days.
- Feel great the rest of the day, including the satisfaction of the run plus the vague heavy-leg feeling that almost guarantees a great night's sleep.
Today was day #2. I wish every day could be like this!