Friday, 22 May 2009

Running to nowhere

Last night I dreamt I was running in a race, only the race entailed doing laps around a floor of a hotel. When I had completed the requisite number of laps, I went looking for the finish line but couldn’t find it. I ran up and down stairs and escalators and became more and more frantic as the time on my watch just kept increasing and increasing. Finally I happened upon the race organizers who were handing out the race medals. I went up to them and said I couldn’t find the finish line. They handed me a race medal instead, but I didn’t want it. All I wanted was the finish line.

No, my little psych majors, I don’t need you to interpret this dream for me. I already know what it relates to.

I hate being stressed out about work.

I’m bummed today, because I should have been going to Edinburgh for the weekend to hang out with friends and finally get to hike up Arthur's Seat (not a euphemism). But no, it wasn’t meant to be apparently.

I hate work deadlines.

This blows.

On a cheerier note, I got in a six mile run yesterday morning. I’d planned to meet my friend at the park just as it opened for a short three miler, so I set my alarm clock an hour earlier than that to get some extra miles in. I was hoping for at least a total of 7 miles, but it took me forever to get up and go after my alarm clock went off. About 25 minutes, in fact.

Is this normal or am I just plain lazy? I’d love to hear from all you other morning runners. How long does it take you to get out for your run after you wake up in the morning? What exactly does your morning routine entail? I need some tips on how to streamline my mornings.

Okay, that’s it from me. I hope you all enjoy the long weekend. Good luck to all those racing. I look forward to reading your race reports next week.

Later gators.

31 comments:

Count of Monte Christo said...

Sorry to hear you will not go on your Edinburgh trip. On the other hand, Arthur's seat is just a big pile of (very old) rocks that will still be there for the next time you plan the trip ;-)

My morning routine is: get up, get dressed (no use in taking a shower, is there), have some coffee, a very light breakfast and some water. Then I need to wait approximately 30 minutes for my breakfast to settle in (and other stuff). It takes me approx 35 minutes from getting up to going out. I found that morning runs tend to grow on you. Getting up early still is inhuman, but it does get easier, knowing it is for a run.

joyRuN said...

Sorry about Edinburgh & work :(

I'm no help with the up & out the door quickly, either. I have trouble getting up early for my weekend runs. I'll make myself & the entire household breakfast (no, not because I'm dedicated, but because I'm procrastinating).

BUT, you weren't at all lazy if you got your six miles in!!

Jamoosh said...

Hey - you got in your six miles - woo hoo!

If I am running or riding, there's pretty much no procrastinating for me on a morning run/ride. The sooner I get out there, the less traffic there is.

RazZDoodle said...
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RazZDoodle said...

You're just lazy.

Actually, I "allow" myself one snooze. After that, I just get out of bed....whether I'm wiped out or not. Sometimes it works, sometimes not so much. Hope that helps.

Glaven Q. Heisenberg said...

hike up Arthur's Seat (not a euphemism) ...

I knew this wasn't a euphemism. It means just what it says:

Anal sex.

(Which, after all, is exactly what your dream was all about.)

As for morning runs: I am a morning runner. I can get up and be right out the door, but I pretty much don't do that anymore. I wake up REALLY early on work days - not by design; I just do - then I basically f*ck the dog for an hour or so; then I stretch; then I run.

This can't possibly be of any use to you since I offer no advice - really nothing more than a sketchy outline of What G Does On Weekday Mornings - but I needed a place to write a lot of comments now that I'm pretty much banned from toyBuM's blog after yesterday's ... shall we say ... "episode"?

So I'll be coming back here throughout the day to dump more random thougts if that's okay with you.

And if it's not, just what do you intend to do about it, Ms. Anal Sexytime Can't Find Teh Finish Line?

Jess said...

If I run in the morning, I need a solid 45 minutes to an hour. Because I insist on something to eat, a cup of coffee, a poo, and then I get dressed, etc. The length of time it takes me to wake up is partially why I hate morning running; I can't just through on running clothes and run out the door.

Nitmos said...

I needs my sleep. No running for me in the morning. But, then again, I don't have anything as scenic as Arthur's Seat to run up during a sunrise. Strip malls don't look as inspiring the under the glow of a fresh sun.

tfh said...

Ugh, deadlines. With dreams like that, no wonder you have a hard time getting yourself going in the a.m. Though 25 minutes is pretty much a good day for me. I can make myself get out of bed, but I just seem to move sooooo slowly. Six miles ain't bad! Hope you can sneak in a few fun things this weekend even if you can't get away completely.

Marcy said...

Bummer about the turn of events, chica :-(

I'm pretty fast about getting out tha door. I put all my gear out the night before. Down a gel if I'm hungry. Take a swig of water and I'm out. But this is if it's a shorter run. It sort of helps that I have that pressure to hurry and get it done because I've gotta be back by X time to get the kid's ready for school or whatever we have planned. So my answer to you? Go have yourself a child :P

Glaven Q. Heisenberg said...

FYI, Teh Marcy's suggestion will never work out for you if you keep up with the "Hike Up Arthur's Seat" sexual preference (aka, anal).

Also ... *Sigh* ... if you respond to my threats to come back here and defile your site with multiple comments with "Goody! Feel free to do so!" that kinda spoils it for me since the WHOLE FRIGGIN POINT is to irritate.

So couldn't you at least threaten to put a boot up my Arthur's Seat if I dare to follow through with my threats? Even if you don't really mean it? Because I need to be motivated.

Vanilla said...

On the odd occasion when I have the opportunity to run in the mornings I hit snooze for about a half hour before getting out of bed. However, once my feet hit the floor I dress and head out pretty quickly, within a couple of minutes.

Mike G said...

I thought of the hotel scenes from the Shining when you described your dream. Except instead of Jack Nicholson chasing you with an axe, you apparently have a crazed librarian named Glaven chasing you with a keyboard. Which should be enough of an impetus for anyone to get moving.

I have tried morning runs and can only get myself to do it if I limit the distance to 6 miles and promise myself a Venti iced coffee afterwards :)

Merry said...

It's a bummer that you can't make the meeting, but you realize what this means? You'll have to host the group next time you're in Rome. (Hmmmn, this sounds like a plan...)

Besides, you know what it's like when a group of crazy friends get together. They'll probably end up in jail and call you for the bail money ;)

X-Country2 said...

I can't do morning runs. Hate. Even if I wake up at noon on the weekends, I still need 2-3 hours before I can get out the door.

Carolina John said...

have a great weekend xenia!

Jamie said...

I love sleep which means no morning running unless absolutely necessary... Since I have to do long runs in the morning it takes nearly 45 minutes to get out the door. ugh.

Sorry to hear about work!

Glaven Q. Heisenberg said...

Why the hell am I helping you out with YOUR stats? You've already got 17 comments - now 18.

I guess that's what happens when you post about anal sex. The freaks just come out of the woodwork.

Three times.

So far.

Heather said...

Sorry about all the crazy work stuff.

I just get up and go in the morning to run, and don't worry about eating anything or drinking anything. Probably not a good idea, but anything to allow me to sleep for another half an hour!

Glaven Q. Heisenberg said...

Hey, Xenia Teh War'r Arch'gist - If you ever run into Teh M. on that InYerFacebook, do me a favor and reinforce my contention (but don't say it was mine) that Dr. Nic is short and we all know what that means in terms of the ol' tripod leg and if she doesn't know what it means or what you're slyly alluding to when you say "tripod leg" spell it out for her in laboriously graphic terms, would you? Because I'd do this myself but I'm not allowed to play on IYFacebook for some reason or other - not sure what it is. Maybe Teh 'bride converted us to Amish or Mennonite or something and I'm just not allowed, is all.

So do that instead of playing that stupid jewelry game or whatever, for once, okay?

Thanks.

Make SURE she knows what you mean. You may resort to face-punches or anatomical charts if you have to.

The Laminator said...

Boo on work deadlines...that sucks!

As for AM runs, I always have stuff laid out night before and get up and rush out the door before I am even lucid enough to think about anything. It works sometimes!

Blyfinn said...

I never was a morning runner until recently. Now after doing it for a while I'm in such a routine that I have my cloths laid out and everything and I think I'm out the door within five min. of the alarm. It took getting used to but now I wouldn't want it any other way.

BCB said...

I can't run in the morning. Then again, I can't run any other time of day either. Seriously, if it were a choice between "run" or "die" -- I'd just have to die. I even have dreams where I'm trying to run, and I can't.

I will suggest, however, that if you want to streamline your mornings, you should move them to the afternoon. Or early evening.

Not feeling very sorry for you re the Scotland trip. Not like you haven't already been there, not to mention everywhere else in the entire freaking world, Ms I'm Spending Another Summer Digging In Italy. Besides, I'm too busy feeling sorry for myself about not being able to go.

Kristina said...

I take FOREVER to get out the door. From the moment I decide to run to the moment I'm on the road is about 20 minutes, and it usually includes a trip back in the house for some such thing I've forgotten.

Keziah Fenton said...

Arthur's Seat is wet and blowing. Also not a euphemism. Windy and raining here if that makes you feel better. We miss you horribly but Italy will be worth it. I second Merry's suggestion of you hosting in Rome.

buprunner said...

Sorry about your hike, it sounds amazing, but another time, yes?

I've never been able to get my rear out of bed and just hit the road, too old I guess. I train later in the day. I will tomorrow, just to see how it goes.

Enjoy your weekend.

theloosemoose said...

You might just be lazy. But so am I, so I'm not judging.

MCM Mama said...

I need at least an hour after I get out of bed before I can head out the door. That's why I hate running in the morning.

Crabby McSlacker said...

I too have REALLY long transition times getting out of the house, but it seems to be bad whether it's morning or evening. I'm always dawdling and forgetting things.

Sorry about the work deadlines, that does indeed suck!

The Running Knitter said...

Six miles is still a good distance so don't beat yourself up over it!

It takes me about 30 minutes on shorter run days (3 or 4 miles) and that's only because I usually don't eat before I run. I just get up, get dressed, and go. It will become routine to you soon. Don't give up!

Danielle in Iowa said...

So in theory I like getting up early and could probably be out the door in 15 minutes.

In reality, I have to wait until, uh, certain morning things happen or else you will see me walking very slowly back home, trying to keep it in.

I have learned this the hard way, waaaay too many times. When I lived in the Dominican Republic, I used to hitch rides home on the back of some dude's motorcycle.