Zombie Run


Remember how I got that root canal yesterday and then didn’t sleep well? Yeah, I think I got maybe 4 hours of sleep last night. I woke up not very happy this morning and have been a zombie ever since.

Especially in the two hour long work meeting this morning. I was dragging ass. I DEFINITELY did not feel up to running. To be honest, I’ve never NOT wanted to run more than today. Then I started to think about it.

  • I’m exhausted and running on 4 hours of sleep = excellent simulation of how I will be able to run in Hood to Coast completely sleep deprived.
  • I need to practice running a few times close together– again to simulate Hood to Coast and having my 3 Legs about 10 hours apart.
  • I ran last night at 8:30pm with the plan to run again today at lunch. I needed to just suck it up.

So I made a compromise. I decided to run in the gym in my office instead of the 4 mile loop I usually do.

The GOOD thing about running the Esplanade Loop is that I am committed to running the entire thing. You’re kinda stuck on the other side of the river if you decide to be lazy. So I am never lazy. :) But I find that when I run the track, or run the treadmill, I don’t have that same staying power and I tend to get bored easily.

Today I ran on the treadmill in the gym. It was nice, I had the gym all to myself and it was a peaceful run. Amazingly enough I was NOT a zombie once I started running!!

I ran at a fast pace, felt light on my feet, felt suddenly energized. I did about 30 minutes on the treadmill at that pace and then did a bunch of work with the jump rope and ab ball:

I felt pretty fantastic. And the best news? My legs felt awesome! No stiffness, no soreness, nothing! I was fully prepared to be slow and sore from last night’s run and I wasn’t. :)

I still can’t get over how awesome of a workout that jump rope is! It’s baffling but I was running at a fast pace on the treadmill and my heart rate never maxed out like it did with the jump rope!

The outcome? I feel pretty awesome after my workout. Energized. Happier. Stronger. Excited about Hood to Coast!

Today’s Stats:

Time: 38:24

Calories Burned:  352

Miles Run: 2.25

Activities: Treadmill, jump rope, ab ball

Feeling pretty darn good about my workout right now. :)

QUESTION: Do you have a new workout that you’ve discovered and love?

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12 responses to “Zombie Run

  1. oooh congrats! I loved the spin class I did yesterday!!!!

  2. Isn’t it amazing how a good workout can leave you more awake than you were before starting? I wake up at 5:45 every morning to go to the gym at 6:30, and I go there exhausted, and leave feeling energized.

    I recently added a couple new machines to my daily routine, to help get some strength in my arms. I started using the chest press and the bicep curl machines. Both of them give me some trouble, but I will get used to them by starting off slow and working my way up.

    On a side note, your green watch thingy. Is it a watch or is it just a wrist monitor? Also, where did you get it, because its cute :)

    • I need to start doing the chest press. I always THINK about doing it, then chicken out. :) The watch is a Polar heart rate monitor. There’s a chest strap that analyzes your heart rate and tells the watch how many calories you burn. It’s fantastic! Get one. It makes a huge difference for working out.

      • Aww you should try it when you get a chance. I was afraid of it for a while, but I just sucked it up and started using it. Granted I am at 20lb right now, but I am working up to higher weight.

        And thanks for letting me know about the monitor! I will check it out :)

  3. Way to go on the run! It’s the best way to increase energy. Hopefully you will sleep great tonight!

  4. I exercise so much better outdoors. I get my self to one location and then have no choice but to return, in a gym I quit easily.

  5. How do you handle the sweaty-at-work bit? Do you guys have showers? I’ve yet to work for a company that has a gym :( I’m gonna have to add that to my list of requirements.

  6. Great job! I seem to have better runs on the days I REALLY don’t want to go. And I’m so jealous you have an office gym.

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