Thursday, June 18, 2009

Beer - The best motivator

Over the last 5 days, I've been on an accidental sobriety bender. (Can you have benders where you DON'T drink?) You see, between work, travel, working out, and running I have had exactly zero time or energy to knock back a few. This went through my mind this morning at 6:00am. Before you call AA on me for thinking about beer at 6 in the morning, let me explain....

Today was an interval speed day. I was scheduled to run 4x800. That means that I run 1/2 a mile at about 5K pace or a bit faster. For me, about 6:15 - 6:20 per mile. However, when my alarm went off at 6:00am, I was sleepy......REALLY sleepy.

You see, lately I have been working on the east coast but living my life on west coast time as much as possible. I run at 8:00pm, I eat dinner around 9:30pm, and go to bed around 12:30pm - not getting up until 7:45am. However, on Thursdays since I have to fly in the afternoon I have to run in the morning. Confused? Me too.
Basically what this means is that I have to run 3 miles on Wednesday around 8:00pm and then turn right around on Thursday and have my hardest running day of the week at 6:00am the next morning. Oyy. only 10 hours of turnaround makes me tired.

So, as I laid in bed trying to talk myself out of running so early "you could use the extra rest, it wil actually help you run FASTER, etc", one thing came to mind - BEER. Previously, I told myself on Wednesday night that as soon as I landed on Thursday I was going to raid my father in laws beer stash and go to down. If I have stupid intervals to run when I get home on Thursday night, there is NO way that I would be able to have beer(s). I.immidiatly.got.out.of.bed.

Good thing, my interval workout wasn't too bad:

1 mile warm up @ 8:22 pace
1st interval @ 6:26 pace (had to run around construction slowly)
2nd interval @ 6:05 pace
3rd interval @ 6:12 pace
4th interval @ 6:11 pace
1 mile cool down @ 7:46 pace

I jogged / walked an average of 1/4 mile in between each set. NOW, bring on the beeeer. Shoot, maybe I'll shotgun one for old time sake.

6 comments:

RazZDoodle said...

I hear ya! Whatever gets you out there.

Ulyana said...

mmmmmmmmmm, beer.... a great motivator!

I'm trying to think about what motivates me when I don't wanna get up... I guess the thoughts about how I can be TRULY lazy when it's all said and done.

Steve Stenzel said...

Nice intervals!!

Enjoy that beer!

Rural Runner E said...

Enjoy the beer, you deserve one.
I too have to go without beer, pretty much all school year long .... being a principal, I do not want to drink and then get called in for an emergency. I never drink a beer on a school night....so summer break I enjoy a few.

Michelle said...

Nice pace for the intervals!

Can I join you for a beer or TWO?

OhMyLaughter said...

Um.. yeah.. when I trained for a half marathon last winter I basically celebrated every Saturday long run with a beer. Probably not really recommended but oh.so.delish/refreshing.

I'm thinking of doing another in November. Huge motivator for completing the hardest/longest runs. Cheers!!