I am so tired.

20 October 2006

Okay, so I’m training for the Kiawah Marathon on December 9th. This will be my first attempt at qualifying for Boston. In runner’s parlance, I’m looking for a “BQ” at Kiawah. I’m nearing the end of a long training cycle, and I’m just beat. I’m sincerely jealous of the 18+ hours my cats sleep everyday.

Rhombus the cat sleeps almost perpetually.

In the past week, I’ve run a PR (Personal Record) in the ½ marathon (Governor’s Cup), done a VO2 Max 6×800 track workout, and did a 12-mile run with 7.5 miles at marathon pace (for me, 7:20/mile). Oh yeah, I run 21 miles tomorrow.

At this stage, I’m told, fatigue is normal. It’s all part of the dues you pay. Fame costs; and right here’s where you start paying, in your precious vitality.

Dean's week: 10-14-06 to 10-21-06

I’ve also heard you should sleep an extra minute each night for every mile you run during the week. Since I average between 55 and 65 miles per week, apparently I need an extra hour every night. But it’s not like I’m sleep-deprived. I get up between 5:30am and 6:30am. I do a combination of running and working, and get home at about 6:30pm to spend time with Angie and my children. By the time the kids are in bed, it’s past 8pm and I’m toast. By 9:30pm, I’m falling asleep with a cat, watching the World Series of Poker while convincing myself I am not incredibly lame.

Put it this way, if you want something productive out of me, you better get it before 8pm.

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