I realized that night runs and training don’t work for me: most of the time, I’m too drained from work to lace up my running shoes/crosstrainers. After work, my team mate and I would describe our state as “exhausted, hungry and sleepy,” that sometimes I don’t know what to do afterwards: eat dinner or just sleep?
There were times, though, that I was able to push myself and hit the gym for crosstraining or strength training. However, I would have a very good night sleep that I tend to skip the following morning’s easy run.
So in an attempt to repair my body clock and to keep my training time consistent, I changed my long run schedule (again). Instead of waking up at 7am this morning, my alarm ended my sleep at 4:20am. I intended to do a 15k run, and if I still had enough time, go to the gym for some core training. I even slept in my running shorts and singlet for additional inspiration to run.
I laced up Bowerman, which I just removed from the hangers because it got soaked in the rain last week, by 4:50. I was all geared up and was refilling my hydration bottles when I heard rain drops. Uh-oh. Should I change to my trail shoes? I wondered. I stepped out of the house and realized that the rain had calmed into a drizzle. Bowerman can handle this, I thought.
Run route gone wrong
After some stretching, I started out easy. I tried to rack my brains for the run route, which I just mapped last weekend. It was just 4.81km, and I intended to do a few loops to complete a long run, but I couldn’t remember which streets to turn.
What made it worse was that I realized upon my first left turn that I turned to the wrong street–Abelardo–instead of Juan Luna. Great, I’m lost again, I thought. So I just relied on the pedometer.
Too early for a shower
My watch read that I had reached 4km. I wasn’t having troubles with the drizzle. The grounds were dry enough for Bowerman and for my feet. Until suddenly, the silence in the streets was broken by the heavy downpour. I kept running. The rain both excited me and bothered me–it’s fun running in the rain, but it bothered me because I wanted to go the gym afterwards and I just washed my shoes!
Drenched in rainwater, I went home and logged in a mere 5.11km (according to my watch).
I then washed Bowerman (again), and then showered. By 6:30am, I was warm and dry in the gym, wearing my trail shoes, which braved the puddles after the rain. Hahaha.
Despite the disaster…
This morning’s training didn’t go as planned, but I hope the weather would cooperate in the future. I realized that I don’t have any trouble waking up in the morning, as long as I had a good deep sleep. Hence, coffee will definitely be crossed out from my list of drinks.
I also realized that Bowerman definitely needs a partner, so I wouldn’t have to stop a run due to rain. It misses Nike Free. But I suppose I should get the perfect pair this time, speaking of which, I need to have my gait analyzed first.
And oh, another realization: I had too much showers today.