This past weekend my wife and I made a trip to Indiana (from Atlanta). The trip comprised of a total of 24 hours of driving, three nights of between 4-5 very uncomfortable hours of sleep. OK, the third night was back home and was much more comfortable, but was still only 5 hours.
I did manage to get a 3 mile run in on Sunday morning, but with two nights of very little (uncomfortable) sleep the run left a lot to be desired. I even stopped at 2.5 miles to walk a few steps on a very flat course. Did I mention the sleep was uncomfortable? (just wanted to make sure)
Monday morning I just couldn't make it out of bed any earlier because of the lack of sleep so I decided to run in the evening. I did get a 3 mile run in, although I had set out to run 4 easy miles. The run was not the worst I have had, but my body was fighting me the entire way and I was completely out of energy.
Tuesday morning was yet another no-run morning as I try to recover some of the lack of sleep. I always run with the Fleet Feet Running Group on Tuesday nights so this was not a big deal. Tuesday's run was designed as a recovery run so we took it easy for our 5 miler. Both my daughters ran with me until the first loop had finished. Ashlee stopped after the first loop because she had a workout this morning and wanted to be fresh for it. Payton went ahead and did the two loops with me and we finished strong.... stronger than I had intended. This run was the best one I have had all week, although I am still feeling very short of energy.
Peachtree Road Race 10k is this Sunday, and it is the first time my daughter Payton will be running it. We both have time group A numbers and we are really looking forward to it. I really would like to set a new 10k PR, but I am not sure this is the race that it will happen in. My 10k PR is 48:03 from a couple years ago before my broken collar bone, and last years Peachtree Road Race was 48:32 following a hard recovery after 8 months off. I would like to drop down into the 47's but I am not sure what the day will hold following a week like this.
Sometimes I really wonder why I am not making more progress than I am........ :( I know I have had a lot of obstacles along the way, but I have had a good solid year including a great half marathon and a marathon since the last Peachtree and really don't understand why I am not breathing down the neck of a sub 45 right about now..... :(
Tonight is all I can worry about right now. I am going to try to get at least a short run in tonight. I will need to wait till it cools off a bit, but hopefully I can get a good energy filled run in finally!
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