Friday, June 11, 2010

Waking Up is Hard to Do

This post is part of the Endurance Training Summer Series. To learn more or find other team members, see our Element Endurance Team introduction

Week 1 of training is underway, and I've managed to run three days in a row, without any complications, well, any major complications.

So the biggest challenge this week has been prying myself out of bed. I've always been an early riser, but 5:10 AM hits a little hard some days. You have the Blackhawks winning the Stanley Cup (wrapping up at the fairly respectable hour of 11:00 - couldn't they be more considerate?), life in general which tends not to wrap up by 10 on its own, and a few wild workdays, and the next thing you know you're scraping by on sleep. What's the sleep/run strategy to have your cake and eat it?

Queue up the sympathy music: I skipped out on my scheduled Tuesday run, which happened to be the very first scheduled run in the program. Not exactly an auspicious beginning. BUT, it was raining, it was 5 AM, you know the drill....and let me tell you, it was nice. Following that performance, I decided to buck up and ran Wed, Thurs, Fri - 3 miles each day. It took a little will power, and a good dose of coffee on the way into work.
A special thanks to Jonathan Miller who was nice enough to pick me up from the train on Wednesday so I didn't have to push my way to the office on my commuter scooter (self deprecating pictures of grown man on scooter to follow).

The running has definitely increased my body's demand for water - and this got me thinking about the dehydrating effects of coffee. Do any of you more seasoned athletes out there have a take on the proper placement of coffee in a training regimen? I'm not looking to win the Boston marathon or anything, but what are the hydration factors to consider when eyeing that morning cup-o-joe after the early wake up call?

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