Thursday, December 8, 2011

End of year bustle - it all ties back to poop


It is funny because that is the actual time I got up this AM

What is it about the end of the year that makes me wish there were 34 hours in the day?  Don’t get me wrong, if there were an extra 10 hours in the day, I’m assuming I’d walk around in some sort of zombie like state with a cup of coffee in one hand and a roll of toilet paper in the other (coffee makes me poo).  But, with the extra 10 hours, I could get everything done that I wanted to each day and still have time for all of the reality TV that is backing up on my DVR at home.  (I NEED to find out what happened on Sister Wives and must know which Dress she said Yes to!)  Time is a precious commodity during the holiday season.  Time to buckle down and focus on what really matters: Running and whatever my wife tells me matters.

Other than the normal avoiding my family great family get-togethers, stuffing my pie-hole with pie, and fighting with moms over the last Tickle Me Elmo (creepy) the end of the year for me is BUSY.  I’m a consultant and all of my bosses are trying to get one last sale before the end of the year.  What that means is that I spend all day long in meetings where executives say things like “value add” or “synergies” and get real work done at night.

Now, I know what you are thinking "Seriously Adam, WHERE is the running talk!?"  The reason all of that above is important?  Poop.  You see, when I’m busy I get stressed.  When I get stressed, I don’t poop.  It happens when I'm busy at work, when I travel, or when I'm pissed at the chick on Say Yes to the Dress for picking the white dress.  Like she is fooling anyone.  So, to remedy one of those situations, I’m now sacrificing sleep to make sure I get my runs in.  Running makes me happy and it makes me poop.  It is a win/win really.

  • Monday had me running 9 miles with 7x800 at 5:55 pace
  • Tuesday was a 5 mile recovery run
  • Wednesday was off because I got home near midnight from work (and didn’t eat dinner)
  • Today was a 13.1 mile run in 1:39:00.  The first half I did at my normal pace and the second half was at marathon pace


So, I'm busy but I HOPE to get in 65 miles this week.  I'm cutting back a bit on sleep (5.5 or 6 hrs vs the normal 7) but it is worth it in the short term to make sure that I stick to some form of schedule - and to keep me sane.  While risky (increase of injury, increase of illness, increase of crankiness) has anyone else said F-you to Mr sandman and went out running?




18 comments:

pensive said...

I need roughly 137 hours of sleep every night in order to be smart enough to tie my shoes. So no, I cannot function on what you just described.

And, for the record, the pooping was the first thing that made me fall in love with running back when my lungs and my legs and everything else thought running was a Really Bad Idea.

Oh, and I hate meetings. Blah.

Jeff said...

Please enjoy the best poop on the run story ever: http://www.tnrunning.com/articles/milner/everyone_poops.html

AMcConn said...

Hilarious as usual... Enjoy your runs & poop!

Alisa said...

Granted, I can handle a day on 4 hours of sleep, but I'm much happier with 7-9 hours. So when I'm really stressed, I go for the maximum sleep and just fit in exercise of any kind around that.

2 Slow 4 Boston said...

Careful with the lack of sleep. I just got over a cold cause by getting 5 hours sleep for a couple nights in a row.

Hope you get diarrhea because that would mean lots of runs, I mean running.

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Scallywag said...

Im not trying to be dramatic here, but as a grad student I always do only 5 hours odd a night...

Its kinda just how we have to live :S

Jen said...

I cannot function with less sleep -- i wish i could. I need to toughen up it would make my life much better if I could find those hours to run earlier. I'm always in a time scramble.

JFord said...

I am loving your blog! I am a early to bed (as long as my wife lets me get iun bed early, she says my breathing keeps her awake, so I try not to breath when I sleep) early to rise, early poop, then run type of guy!

Laura said...

sleep, poop, running, coffee, your wife rules, elmo..
this post has it all....

Katie said...

I slapped the sandman yesterday and got in the pool. Stupid sandman.

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

YOu never fail to make me laugh (like she can pull of a white wedding dress, slore!)

Dude, hoping your days at work get a lil shorter--take care of yourself!

Michael said...

When school started back in the fall, I had to move my running time back from dawn, and now get up at 4:00 to start the day pretty regularly.

It took quite a while to get used to (and I'd be totally lying if I said I was totally used to it now)...but I have found that I get a bit "nervous" working out in the daylight...I've actually gotten used to being out there alone in the dark, just me and my headlight (tried putting it on my waist or in my hand, but it jiggles so much it sort of makes me sick).

Sleep is definitely overrated. A few weeks ago I wanted to get a long run in (21...a LONG LONG LONG way for me at this point) and the week-ends weather was going to be complete crap, so I got up at 2:00 and went for it....then went to work afterwards (no fun).

I'm right there with you...

Andrew Opala said...

Dude where's the inane Friday graphic ... don't tell me I bought this stupid Internet Stick for my laptop to read your blog on the train going home on Friday for NOTHING!

bakerunlive.com said...

If I pull many early mornings (2am) in a row, I end up getting sick. So I am careful in how I plan out my week. Just like rest days from running, I schedule rest days for sleeping!

Running Ryan said...

I get 4 hours of sleep on a good day. 3 hours is the norm. Most of my runs and workouts are at 9, 10, or 11 at night. The sandman can bite me.

TriMOEngr said...

Not human on less than 7, but prefer 8. Thankfully, being my own boss, I tell work to suck it if I need to get a workout in. Of course, I'm not making near as much money as I would like. Hmm...But I do poop regularly (and don't drink coffee).

Joanna said...

Yeah, I just get sick when I sleep less than 7 hours. There's the immediate "hey, a-hole, you didn't sleep, so I'm not accepting breakfast" sick, and the "I'm getting the flu now and don't care what you say" sick that happens when I insist on keeping up said behavior for more than about 5 days.