This morning was an easy run for 60 minutes in my zone two. With darkness and rain prevailing I had no trouble getting up and out to the gym. My run was good – five miles, time to read, and my heart rate averaged 131, within my zone 2. I felt energized and even had a little time to sit in the sauna.
While I was finishing getting dressed, a woman in the locker had just arrived. She sighed as she started getting ready to go swim and turned to me and asked “Do you ever have one of those days when you just want to stay in bed?” I chuckled, with the rain this morning, I could see her point. I thought about it and realized it had been a while since I have felt that way. Just as a yawn is contagious, so is the suggestion of sleep sometimes. Before lunch I was feeling exhausted and ready for a long nap. Most nights I get 7 hours of sleep, which is sufficient. Last night maybe it was reduced to six and a half hours, but usually that does not bother me. Knowing I have a business meeting this evening, I decided to clear up my desk, tie up loose ends, and head home.
Now, after a two hour nap, I am well rested for my meeting later. As for my resistance training this evening, that will be reduced to a 25 minute Pilates DVD session. I am listening to my body – something I am learning more and more to do. With the erratic weather – hot, cold, damp, wind – germs are growing and flying around. Staying well rested and healthy is my top priority. My marathon training has been increasing in intensity with higher mileage and two speed workouts a week, my body is adapting. Recovery and rest is key. I hate to skip a workout, but I also do not want to risk injury or illness, so I am making modifications.
Now, I wonder how many people reading this have yawned at least once. Contagious isn’t it?