Friday, April 10, 2009

Rest is so Important

7:15 am: So I allowed myself to sleep in this morning cause I was feeling a little run down and I wasn't going to be able to sleep in late tomorrow. There is a Great Strides walk in Anthem tomorrow that Mandi and I will be headed to, so it's going to be a bright and early morning. Now the problem with always waking up at 6am is that my body has become programmed to it. Today, my eyes opened wide at 6:18am, but I forced my self to stay in bed for another hour. I dozed off once or twice but didn't sleep much. It did feel good however, just to lay there and relax. I realize the importance of not pushing myself too hard and making sure I am getting enough rest. I need to constantly be in the best position to succeed. A well rested body puts me in that position.

I switched it up a little this morning and ate before I took J Bell for a walk. I also was able to sneak in about 3 cups of coffee. Now this is usually a risky move. If I have a coughing attack on my walk, all of the food and coffee would end up on the street. As luck would have it, I never once dry heaved during my walk today. I kept a very good pace as well. I was breathing heavily and getting a bunch of junk up. Jezzy Face also cooperated wonderfully during today's stroll. She only pooped once and peed a handful of times. It's definitely a little hotter when I walk later in the morning and I don't think she's a big fan of that. Her tongue starts dragging and she gets that "can we please just get home" look on her face. Then again, maybe just me mentioning the Dog Whisperer yesterday got her attention.

Total Distance: 2.1 miles Time: 33'38"

3:30pm: Mandi got off of work early today so we were able to hit up the gym and our run/walk a little sooner than normal. Wahooo!!! We went to the gym first to work out our chest and back. I felt particularly strong today. I'm not sure what it is. I've been making sure to take in a protein shake with bananas, peanut butter, yogart, and oatmeal after I work out, so maybe it's paying off. It could also be the NAC and Glutathione that I started taking on Monday. Maybe it's made it's way into my system and has somehow made me stronger and less fatigued. I've just heard a lot of positive things about those two supplements from other CFers so I figured that I would give it a shot. I was increasing the weight on every lift and some of them by 33%! It was a great workout overall and I'm hoping that this feeling goes into next week. Current Weight: 190.5 lbs.

5:00pm: Right after the gym we took off for our walk/run. We actually did more running than walking. And by more, I mean that we actually walked the whole time. I made my protein shake after the gym and I knew if I downed it real quick before the walk, that I would throw it up. So I took it with me and we took our time during the walk. It was VERY windy out, to the point that the wind had a play in which route that we chose. We were doing our best not to walk head on into the wind. Not only is it harder to breath, but all of the debris flying through the air and sticking to your eyeballs doesn't feel very good either. We had a great conversation the whole time and mostly just told stories from our glory high school days. Unfortunately for me, that was long ago, so I only remember a few. The walk felt fine and we cut it short cause the wind was just a little bit too much.

Total Distance: 2.0 miles

Side Note: I was able to swing by the CFF in Phoenix today and hang out with the girls. It's always a good time. They are in full swing right now because it is Great Strides season. There is a walk each of the next three weekends. If you live in Phoenix and would like to join me at a walk tomorrow, I'll be at the Anthem walk. I don't have an address but I'm sure you can link to it through the CFF site.

Total Distance Walked for Day: 4.1 miles

3 people had something to say...:

Katelyn said...

I sometimes really struggle with the whole idea of "resting" and all that it involves. I try so hard to push through things and end up paying for them later. I long and pray for the maturity of being able to say "no" when my body really can't push anymore, instead of trying to be like everyone else.

Graciy said...

I hat it when stuff gets stuck on my eye balls!

RunSickboyRun.com said...

I know what you mean Katelyn. In my "older years", I've realized that I may not get all of the things done that I want to, on the day that I want to. They'll get done, just not on my timing.

Ronnie