Nov 7, 2012

Early O'Dark

Do you see the time on that clock? 7:01 a.m.

At 7:01 a.m. I was in the gym in my office building.

Do you know what time I have to be up to get to the gym in my office building by 7 a.m.?

I'll just tell you. 4:45 a.m. so I can leave at 5:00 a.m.

It's actually only 15 minutes earlier than I normally get up, but those 15 minutes felt like 3 hours this morning, believe me!

My plan was to run 5k on the treadmill, quick shower, hair, makeup and be at my desk by 7:55 a.m.

So much for plans. I ended up doing 1.65k and that was difficult. I did a 5 min warm up walk and stretches and then hit the treadmill and almost immediately my ankles seized and that moved up to my shins and it was painful. I haven't had shin splints in months and months so this was a complete surprise. The dip in the data is my walk break at 10 min which I hoped would alleviate the burning but didn't. I tried 5 min on the elliptical to see if that was easier or would help, but I think by that time the muscles had seized and there was no going back.

It could have been a combination of things - not stretched enough after sleeping all night then sitting on transit for almost 2 hours, dehydration, no food before I ran - anyway, tomorrow is a new day and I'll make sure to drink lots of water tonight and stretch more before I start.

As an aside, is there anything more boring than running on a treadmill?

Stay tuned.


  1. 15 awake minutes pre-dawn = like an hour of sleep...But good for you! As the saying goes, the only workout you will regret is the one you skip...and (2nd saying), no matter how 'bad' your run is, you are still lapping everyone on the couch (or in bed, as the case may be). I was just saying yesterday to Josh that in my rekindled running project, it will all be done outside, nature permitting. There is NOTHING worse than running on a treadmill & I will not do it! :) Good for you, Enz!

  2. I hope you didn't hurt yourself too bad. I definitely know that lack of sleep can lead to a lot of bad situations. I've turned my ankle before when I hesitated on the run and lacked focus.

    Good luck with everything! Workouts are easier for me if I have good music!

  3. Im so sorry your ankles and shins felt bad. I know it is a terrible feeling when you psych yourself up for a good run and it just can't be done. Rest your feet and try again when you feel better. As for the treadmill, ugggh it is really boring. I have just started to use mine again, and uggh!!

  4. Tell the truth you went straight to work following a night on the town, lol.
    Only joking, well done you.

    Ankles & shins take time to recover, plenty of rest is only way.