Friday Night On the Town = Saturday Morning Hangover = I caaaan't breaaaathe while running
Sunday, October 09, 2011
I'm beginning to see a pattern here.
Since I started behaving properly again (eating right, working out, no alcohol during the week), I have been a good little girl all week long. I happily plan my meals, buy my fresh local produce, hit the gym and do my workouts.
However. HOWEVER! When Friday rolls around I let loose and go crazy. Dinner out, a bottle of wine, mixed drinks to finish off the night . . . I've gotten better at portion control and what FOOD I order while out. However, my resolution to have one or two glasses of wine TOPS goes out the window and I end up paying for it the next day.
Being hung over on its own isn't so bad. It's not even that BAD of a hangover. Slightly woozy for a few hours, and dehydrated. HOWEVER! It means that I lose 3-4 hours of Saturday morning as I either a) wallow in bed until noon or b) moan on the couch while reading or watching some trashy entertainment.
And it also means that running 5k becomes a superhuman task.
At this point in my training schedule, I can run five kilometers in 36 minutes on a good day. I'm three weeks into an 8k training program and the runs normally feel super easy. HOWEVERRRRRR after 3-4 glasses of wine and a GnT (or two. oops) the night before . . . I can do about one and a half nine minute running segments before I want to keel over and die. Dehydration anyone?
One snarky solution is that I just get pregnant so that I can't drink at all. (Thanks FIL: I got the grandkids message loud and clears.) Which I am beginning to think might be the approach. Not pregnancy. Just quit cold turkey. But I would like to think that I have more self-control than that. That I can handle something other than an all-or-nothing approach with alcohol. Just like I have taught myself to do the same with food.
My goal for next week? LIMITS. Two glasses of red wine (because it's healthier, hardy-har-har) on Friday OR Saturday. Why? So's I can RUN on Saturday. Why else? Because alcohol is sugar and cutting back on sugar is another goal (pre-diabetes, anyone?) Why else else? Because I have to teach myself new habits. Including self-control.