Tuesday, February 21, 2006

What happened when?

I’ll try and remember the sequence of last night. I went to bed at 10, but took about half an hour to fall asleep, and woke a few times between then and midnight. Then I slept soundly until 2:30am. Then it starts to get confusing. Shea came to our bed and crept in. Then Lola came, and stayed there as well. Then I carried Shea back into his bed. Then Lola started to crawl all over me and I gave out to her. Then I had to console Lola who was crying because I had given out to her. I carried her into her bed, and I made her a hot water bottle, and we made up. Then Shea came back, saying he was too cold. I carried him back again and made him a bottle as well (or were the two water bottles the other way round? Not sure). Then Cian came into our bed. Then Cian wanted some breakfast. After I had prepared some cereal, I managed to fall asleep again, at about 3:15 or so.
At 4:55 the alarm went and I got up. To my immense surprise Cian had quietly gone back to bed again after eating a bowl of cereal – that’s a first, even if he went into our bed rather then his.

Oh, yes, running. I did 17 miles again, this time at a more conservative pace than last week’s supposed marathon pace effort. My legs felt quite heavy. The lack of sleep didn’t help, I guess, and neither did the fact that I had been playing football on Monday evening. I managed all right, though I would have preferred to run a bit faster. Interestingly, two weeks ago I did exactly the same run at exactly the same pace, but then my average heart rate was 5 beats higher than today.

The weather is fine at the moment, just a little chilly in the morning (I guess it was about 26F/-3C at 5am). Still, that’s preferable to rain, and Caragh Lake mirroring the moon did look splendid, I have to say. And the kids slept right until I came back home, allowing Niamh to get some rest herself. What more can you ask for?

20 Feb: 5 recovery miles, 47:19, 9:27 pace
21 Feb: 17 miles, 2:29, 8:45 pace

10 comments:

  1. Whew!

    Glad it worked out. Moon on the lake sounds gorgeous!

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  2. Man, you are a machine!! I don't know how you do it on no sleep. If I don't get enough sleep, and drink exactly the right amount of water, i'm toast. umm, i feel like having some toast right about now.

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  3. Oh, I remember those days. On the good side, I can now say to myself - "nonsense, you can run on four hours of sleep, you've done it before!". It gets me out of bed when I might not get up otherwise. Remember that next time the little sweeties get you up!

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  4. I had to laugh at the bed scenario. We used to do the family bed thing, too. I felt like I drifted in and out of consciousness for years! They finally decided at some point to stay in their own rooms. (then I kind of missed it, but wow did the sleep feel good!)

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  5. How do u get up and run.. nuts :)i tell u nuts..

    Good job Thomas..no excuse for me now ;)..

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  6. It's always nice when the kids sleep in until you get home. I always feel guity when they wake up as I am leaving. Of course I leave anyways so I am not sure what that makes me. Nice job on the 17 miler.

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  7. I swear you're superman in disguise ;)

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  8. Whenever Finn gets on my nerves for waking up twice a night I can always read your blog and feel like a wimp. That's a lot of miles on no sleep.

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  9. Hope the whole family sleep better today so you can recover after that run... I know how it's like but because I can't sleep.

    Thanks for your comment, the problem for me is that at 140 I am only walking, I need to improve my performance at that HR.
    You are doing better at this low rate, congratulations in the improvement!

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  10. wow I don't know how you do it?! getting the running in and managing the kids...as soon as I pop this sucker out, I"ll be back for tips!

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