Monday, April 8, 2013

Awake is the New Sleep

So I am sitting here, as I have been for the last hour and half. Awake.

So mostly Random thoughts at 4 AM.

I love to pace runners in hundos. That's races at or over 100 miles. I've done it 5 times now. Why? People ask. All the time. Why would you constant;y just self-sacrifice, and not do one of your own? Well, good question. Several reasons pop to mind, in no particular order. One, I have gained a lot of experience in how to run all night, without the added pressure of trying to "compete", or even "complete". Running all night is hard, taxing mentally. You get good experience pacing other people. Two, I love to run at night. And to be able to do it for free, with Aid stations and all the food? Bonus. Third, to see someone else succeed because of your efforts, is satisfying. This was really my first initial reason. You can't go into these sorts of things with a "What's in for me?" attitude. You will quickly tire of someone else's pace, or personality quirks.
Lot's of life changes going on right now. I am moving from Lake Geneva back to my old house in Janesville. Still, I am going to have to have a place near my work in Lake Forest IL, so house and apt. The logistical challenges in the next few months are going to be interesting. Patience. Life changes quickly sometimes, and you gotta roll with it.
Headed to South Carolina this coming Friday. Much needed break from work life. Looking forward to running in some new areas. Swap land! Couple national Forests too.
I've run back to back on weekends before, but never this kind of mileage. Saturday ran 31, and Sunday ran 15. Mostly felt pretty good. Legs are a little tired, but the trails are kind to the joints. Muscles sore, as they should be. I am eating well. Staying pretty clean, dietary wise. My recovery food on Saturday was chicken, some green juice, a little almond milk. Staying clear of the simple carbs, but some of the better carbs I still indulge in, post-run. The green juice in particular. Interesting though, during both runs, I took only two gels. Total. I totally get the fat burn. Held my pace pretty solid and steady, and never bonked once. I get it. Totally get it. It really works.
Well, 5:40, I've been up for an hour and a half. Might as well make tea and get ready for the day.

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