After working 15, 16, etc hour days I had nothing left to run by the time I got home at night. I also didn't get up before work to run because I neither had the time, the energy, nor was I getting enough sleep.
Today, I finally got back to a little bit more normal work day, so I was able to get home from work in time to take my son to his Lacrosse practice. I was exhausted, but I really wanted to run, so I took the opportunity to run the path around the football field that they practice on. The path is just a touch longer than 1/4 mile so it took me about 18 laps to get the 5 miles in.
I hate running in circles! But I did what I needed to do, and it felt good to run! I am sure part of the reason why I didn't go further than 5 miles was because I was running in circles. I much prefer to just head out and eventually make my way back. This thing about "getting home" every 1/4 mile is an almost insurmountable mental battle!
I started at nearly a 10 minute pace and finished the last mile at an 8 minute pace, and felt good throughout the five miles, other than being a little tired. My thigh has been feeling great, which is really encouraging. I hope it continues that to heal so I can get back to the mileage I was running before.
How do you work running in if you spend 15+ hours working - for days straight? How do you find the energy?