After a week’s break and a very inactive Christmas (sofa sores were threatening!), I was keen to get back to parkrun (any run) this weekend.
Even so, I have to admit it was a struggle to get out of bed and not just because of the dark and cold and the lack of Chase the Place. This time it was mainly due to yet another s**t night’s sleep. There was a time when my head used to hit the pillow and I was out for the count. But those days seem to be long gone. Even an afternoon run doesn’t seem to do the trick. Neither it appears does alcohol – not that I’m suggesting anyone should resort to such measures, heaven forbid – all those calories. I keep reading this is a symptom of my “age” and I have now reluctantly decided to try an herbal remedy, one which rhymes with bytol!
I only bought a pack on Friday but then I decided not to use it on Friday night in case:-
(a) it was so effective I slept through the alarm and missed the start of the run or
(b) in case it had some unfortunate gastric side effects which would have made running rather awkward.
So instead I tossed and turned, this way and that, to no avail. Or at least until about half an hour before the alarm went off. Grrrh!
Still, the temperature soon woke me up on the start line and off I set. My time was a bit disappointing, my second slowest since starting parkrun but my saving grace was none of that walking malarkey! On reflection, I’m glad I didn’t resort to any pills or potions – I’d have blamed my slow time on that. Perhaps I can blame too much carb loading over Christmas. I have to say looking at the results page later in the day I was struck by the number of “PB remains at ….” this week, a good 64.5%. Perhaps I wasn’t the only one experiencing excess carbs!? Mind you, I’ve not compared it to previous weeks so it might just be my imagination or me clutching at straws.
The other positive from this morning’s run is that I can now say I have achieved my 2013 running goal – to run 700 miles. At the current time I’ve run just over 702 miles and I still have three days to go. And then I can start on 2014’s goal, to run 800 miles. Deep joy!!!!
PS: if the bytol doesn’t work, my next “remedy” is cherry juice. And if that doesn’t work, heaven help my clients next year! The non-shouting personal trainer might turn into a right grouch!