Monday, March 17, 2008

i'm much too old for this

i must be crazy to volunteer for this. well, actually, i didn't just volunteer, i was the one that brought it up!

before the baby was born, almost 18 months ago, i ran a 4 mile loop in the morning before mitch left for work at 6:30. it was a great way to get the exercise out of the way and to start my day off right. not to mention the raised metabolism to burn all those extra calories i love to eat! i didn't go every morning, but once or twice a week.

when the baby was born that came to a screeching halt! never to be revisited again, until this morning!

my running has been going really well since i started my tickers on the side of the blog. i started out going about 3 miles, 3 times a week. then last week i got up to 4 miles and it felt good! so, when i saw rachael at the memorial service on saturday, i decided i was ready to recommit myself, and rachael, to the early morning run!

we were both very excited to start running together again, not only for the exercise, but, more importantly, for the great conversation we enjoy!

so, last night i called her and we synchronized our watches so that we could meet at the corner of my street exactly at 5:30 am. then, we were off to bed for a restful nights sleep so we could bound out of bed at 5:05 am.

only, that's not how it happened! i tossed and turned all night! i remember looking at the clock at 12:36, 2:45, 3:32, 4:01, 4:53, and then i laid in bed, awake, waiting for the alarm to finally go off! apparently, at 4:00am i sat bolt upright , waking mitch. he said i was startled as though i slept late! i must have been worried all night that i would sleep through my alarm!

because i was already wide awake, it wasn't hard to get out of bed. rachael met me on my corner a few minutes earlier than planned and we had a great run and ran a great pace! we even got home earlier than we needed to be. i showered and got nani off on the bus and then i hit the wall!

all that sleep lost in the night finally caught up with me. i crawled into bed by 7:35 and crashed! i remember turning my alarm off at 9:00am, i had set it so i could get up and go plant some flowers in front of the barfuss' house at 10am. next thing i know, i hear the baby chatting away in her crib. i glance at the clock only to see that it is 10:11am! ahhh!

the rest of the morning i was in somewhat of a daze, well for what was left of the morning when i finally peeled my body out of the bed! i missed out on planting the flowers, which i was really looking forward to doing, and i only got half of my errands run.

am i too old for this early morning stuff? that kicked my okole! the run was fine, in fact, it was excellent, it felt great! it was the lack of sleep that killed me! hopefully, next monday i will have had a MUCH better nights sleep to sustain me!

...or maybe i am just too dang old!

16 comments:

Darilyn said...

You are not too old for the early morning run. You were just worried that you would oversleep. It will probably be just fine next time. I'm so proud of you Mahina for sticking to your goals.

Becca said...

It might just be that you are crazy!!!! I can't exercise in the morning. Good for you and Rachel

Jessica said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I loved reading through all of your updates on Ross (which I learned about through Bridget) and good luckk with the early morning thing. I wake up between 5 and 5:45 every morning and I'm 33 so you can TOTALLY do it!

Bridget said...

I get all anxious like that when I have to wake up early too. I am so restless in bed worrying about when that alarm clock is going to go off. Nathan left for NJ on business yesterday and had to wake up at 4am. I woke up panicked at 3 thinking he was going to miss his flight.

Let me know when you guys go again.If you are back by 6:30am and Nathan is in town, I can totally do it.

Amanda said...

I'm impressed that you can run four miles and talk. I'm sure that you were just anxious this first time. Next time you will sleep great and wake up seconds before the alarm (that way you don't have to listen to the annoying buzzing alarms make.)

Good luck!

Pineapple Princess said...

If I this old broad can do it (39ish) you can totally do it. Your body will adjust and so will your sleeping pattern. I'm still all over a nap when I can get it.

It is so fun to have a friend to meet. My friend and I have been doing it for 3 years. We call it our free exercise and free therapy.

Keep up the good work!

Danielle said...

i hate that panic feeling like you are going to miss something. i spent Friday and Saturday night doing the same thing because Ryan had his National Chiroprctic Boards to get to. i had 2 alarms set, and i was still worried.

as far as being old--no way! i think it will just be an adjustment.

Rachel's Roost said...

Just thank your lucky stars that this is even an option!!! (the crawling back into bed part) Chandler's been getting up between 5 and 5:30 for the last 6 months. I don't even know what it feels like to be in bed after 6!!! That's nice that she cooperates that way!

Rachael said...

First of all, Thanks for being such a great friend to being willing to go through all of that for us to get together! I was wiped out too! I came home and had scriptures with everyone including the in-laws and then got everyone out the door and made breakfast. My problem is that I can't shower for awhile because everyone else is getting ready, so I get cold. I also missed the flower planting party. By the time I got back to bed it was 9:00. I slept past 10:00 also. Bummer! I know I was just nervous too because it was the first time. Soon my body will adjust. If we have Bridget come with us the pressure of leaving someone at the corner by themselves will be gone. I refuse to be old. PS. Love the waterfall song!

Malia said...

Good job! You amaze me! Stuart and I are going to start exercising together... actually maybe not together but with another couple he'll work out with his friend and i'll be working out with the friends wife. Should be good I think we're going tonight!

Melissa-Mc said...

It's not your age, it's the lack of sleep! Insomnia is a curse...

Elizabeth said...

Good for you for running! I hate that worrisome feeling when you are afraid you will oversleep. That happened when I tried to take a nap today. I was so worried about missing the alarm, or afraid that I wouldn't have enough time, that I didn't really relax that much!

tutu lady said...

don't beat yourself up, its only the first run. It'll get better and better. then you'll get that runner's high. (so I've heard, I hate running!) I think your sleep patterns will improve once you get the habit going.

Mandy said...

Too Old?? Try the fact that you are a mom. That right there is all you need to say.

Katie Smith said...

Do you know that this very same lack of sleep happens to me once a week?! I teach a 6:00 a.m. class on Wednesday's and every Tuesday night I wake up at least 4 times and look at the clock worried that I'm going to sleep through class. It's ridiculous because almost inevitably I have to take a nap every Wednesday because I didn't sleep at all the night before. And let me tell you...I am not a nap takin' girl.

Oh, and you're not too old at all!

Michal said...

i have a hard time falling asleep every sunday night. i think it is a combo of having slept a bit later than usual on sunday morning and anxiety about waking up on time for my 5:30 am workout the next morning. you are not too old!:) what i am trying to do right now is to get to bed at a reasonable time on weekends and out of bed at a reasonable time so that mondays are not such a shock to my system. trying being the operative word here.