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Monday, March 26, 2012

Surprisingly Well

It's nice to see that everything's still working.

I'm not going to lie, I was a little concerned about waking up this morning. Even with the exceptional massage I got immediately following yesterday's race, I wasn't sure how my body would react to the stress it received yesterday. It was with caution that I took my first few steps of the morning.

Surprisingly, everything felt great. I was a little tired, but that had more to do with the post-run celebrations and a late-evening call from a friend. I had a lot of work to do, so I was distracted most of the day, but around noon I realized that my stomach was being rather demanding. After the race yesterday, I had a meal big enough to be called the Elvis Presley Memorial Combo, but had only eaten lightly the rest of the day. Without breakfast, I was ravenous, and finished off the other half of a casserole that I'd cooked on Friday.

Before I knew it, the work day was over, and it was time to get in my miles. Originally, I'd planned to jump right back into my schedule today, but last week, I figured that I'd probably need a relative recovery day and dropped my Monday mileage from 5 to 3 miles. However, I felt so good upon waking up today that I decided I could jump right back in. I ran my five miles with strength, though I felt some tiredness in the last couple miles that belied yesterday's accomplishment. Still, I was able to run sub-Boston, which is always a victory by itself.

If last week was the embodiment of chaos, I think this week is going to be my return to order. You know, except for the fact that we'll have house guests in and out for the next few weeks. Still, if I let that get to me, then I'm doomed as far as keeping the rest of my life in order. So instead, I'm focusing on getting every other aspect of my life back under control, and then I can have time for the delightful deviations. Step one was regaining total focus at work. Mission accomplished.

Step two is getting up on time. I must must must get back to running before my work day starts. For one thing, it's getting awfully warm out there. For another, a regimented schedule is the best possible way to start the day on a positive note. If I can get up on time, everything else will fall into place.


Monday's Run:
82 Degrees and pretty darn sunny
5.15 Miles

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