Sunday, June 19, 2011

No Sleep for a Swampy Long Run

I feel asleep around 1am last night and was tossing and turning by 3:30.  I tried to go back to sleep, but I just couldn't.  I gave up and jumped on my computer.  After about 30 minutes, I learned how to do some SQL programming and make it work on my website.  There was definitely an upside to this sleepless night.  That little bit of code was something that I couldn't figure out in 2007 and never went back to it.

Then, I started reading a little of the latest Runners World magazine.  There are 7 covers this month, each of which shows a runner that has battled cancer.  I grabbed the one with Lance Armstrong.  I really don't care what people are saying about him right now.  I was following what little press the US gave to cycling back in the late 80's and early 90's when Greg LeMond won The Tour a few times and Armstrong's name started showing up.  I think Armstrong paid his dues and he showed up gradually.  It didn't just happen overnight for the guy like Landis.  Just saying.

So now it's after 5am and I just said screw it.  I'm going for a run.  I thought about doing a long run this weekend since Friday, but I didn't commit to it.  Running without eating or hydrating enough is tough and those are the obvious things to have before a long run.  Running without enough sleep isn't talked about because most people don't think about it.  If you didn't sleep well, most people will just not go run.

I went out and felt stiff and flat during my 1.2 mile warmup.  I never got any energy as the run progressed, either.  I covered 6.6 miles during my long distance run, which is usually 10 miles.  7.8 total isn't bad, though, for the day considering the lack of sleep.

Anyone that lives in Florida knows this well, but it was literally swampy out there this morning.  It rained last night and the temperature was close to 80 degrees this morning before the sun even came up.  As I ran past a lake, there was a mist coming off it.  I was just waiting for a dinosaur to run with me.  The cool mornings are gone until November.

I did nap a little once I got home, so all is well now.  Time to visit Kim's father and check out the horses.


Brian said...

Nice run. I don't know how you Floridians (or anyone else in the southern states!) do it.

I can barely stomach running in the summer heat here in PA.

Unknown said...

Nice job. I love the heat, but then again I couldn't imagine the heat where you live, I love the summers in the northwest, but hate the spring, fall and winters. haha. So much rain!

Doug said...

It's getting hot here for sure. It's in the mid 90's and the humidity is starting to pick up. For Orlando, the best temperatures are when it tops out around 80 around March. The heat usually doesn't go over 100 here, because it rains almost every single day from mid-July through August. That cools it off mid afternoon, but the humidity is out of control. Showering seems like a waste of time in the summer.

Brian, where are you from in PA? I know your blog says Central PA. I grew in a small town called Slatington, which is close to Allentown. July in the Blue Ridge Mountains is like April here. I already miss April.

Brian said...

Near York, Doug, so quite a bit south and not as up in the mountains.

April here was like March this year, and then May and June have been like August.

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