Thursday, January 24, 2013
The last time I ran was Dec 18th. Long enough that I had to look at my workout calendar to find out.
At the time, I figured I would start running again sometime this month or next, or maybe in March. At least I think that was the plan.
December had been so busy with all the extra work I was doing; staying up until 11:30 or midnight on most nights, our daughter waking up multiple times a night for no reason. Made it impossible to get myself out of bed without hitting the snooze button at least once, sometimes twice, which is something I NEVER do. Before December, my snooze button was covered in dust from having never been touched. Now it's nice and polished. And then it got cold. Mid to low 20's for at least 2 or 3 weeks. So, my plan was (at least what I think my plan was) to wait out the cold (at least until it was back above freezing) and to get myself some sleep.
Well, last week it got back into the 30's, and I had finally been getting caught up on my sleep, but I was still hitting snooze and annoying my wife.
Then my father-in-law came to visit. He talked about his health problems. Said that his blood pressure was getting high and that his doctor had advised him to first try to exercise, lose weight, quit smoking, drink less, eat healthier, and lower his sodium intake to lower his blood pressure naturally so he wouldn't need blood pressure medication. He said "I told him that's not going to happen," so his doctor prescribed him medication.
Anyway, so, I mentioned that just 5 years ago, my blood pressure had been borderline and started to worry my doctor, who had me track it for 2 weeks. A few months after that was when I started to exercise and I lost some weight and dropped my blood pressure down. Not a lot, but enough to not worry about. Anyway, I also told him I had two blood pressure monitors (one for your wrist, one for upper-arm).
He decided it would be fun to take his blood pressure, so I brought them both down and we all decided to take our blood pressure.
His was almost exactly normal. My wife and her sister battled to see which of theirs was lowest since they've always had obscenely low blood pressure - Around 95/65.
Mine, however, was not good. And then each consecutive time I took it was higher and higher.
So, that means I'm back to the gym.
And I've sworn off caffeine, again.
I went to the gym on my day off on Monday. Then, Wednesday I managed to get myself out of bed a 4:45 to leave for the gym at 5. Ran to the gym, worked out for 30 minutes, then ran back home.
The running wasn't as difficult as I thought and I was running as fast as I was in December. Now I just need to increase the distance. I also need to watch out for my back. It's sore after every workout, but not exceedingly so. I just need to do my core exercises, but be sure not to overdo them.
Now, I need to make sure I keep getting sleep. That is what started my backsliding in December.
My wife is encouraging me to find a new challenge. Sign up for a couple races. Like a half marathon in June/July and then a marathon in December or next spring. As long as I can work around the impending birth of our son, I know I can do this.
How about a Ragnar in November? I think I may have my motivation back.