Saturday, September 25, 2010

Trounced by Travel

Returned to Raleigh around midnight last night from a brutal weeklong business trip to San Jose.  Completely lost touch with both the real world and the blog world, and find myself in a haze of sleep-deprivation, jet-lag, and highly suspect nutrition.  Definitely not the highlight week of my marathon training thus far:

Sleep:  Averaged maybe 4 hours a night.  Poorly done

Nutrition:  The nutritional highlight of one day was lunch at Taco Bell.  When meximelts become your high-water mark, you’ve gone way off the tracks

Number of trips to the gym:  I’m thinking of a number between zero and zero

Number of Hard CORE Club workouts:  Any number, times zero, equals ….

Running:  Managed to complete 3 of the 4 runs on my training plan, although one of the three runs was not on the correct day.  Not a complete bust, but not great.

Approximation of how I felt by the time the plane touched down last night:

Nobody’s fault but mine.

At least I only have to do 21 miles tomorrow morning.  My longest training run.  Ever.

Get him a body bag.


  1. Um, maybe it won't be as bad as you think and you'll surprise yourself? I hope so!

  2. m-m-m- Taco Bell! that says it all- have a good long run, maybe the grease from the meximelts will sustain you

  3. Oh Man, traveling just kills my training. It simply sucks... Inbox fills up, eat like crap, no time to workout.

  4. So you had kind of a taper. You carbo-loaded. You are going to rock your 21 miles. There!

  5. Aren't you the same guy who kicked ass after participating in a Saturday binge of Guinness, Red Hook, Boddingtons, Newcastle, Vodka, Margaritas, Long Island Ice Teas, takeout pizza, multiple varieties of bean dips, Jalapeno&Cheddar burgers, French fries, chicken wings, Snickers ice cream cake, and entirely too little sleep?

    Yeah. Thought so.

    You'll be fine!

  6. You should eat one of those prized meximelts during your run. Just to test the waters. Good luck.

  7. Pam - very good point. I'll just consider this another test of the unorthodox fueling approach. Maybe I need to start a bender right now to get the full effect.

    SU&R - has your buddy Dean done Taco Bell mid-run? Pizza is one thing, but bringing the Bell along steps it up to a whole new realm of potential GI fun. I feel sorry for the Port-A-Potties.

  8. Hope you'll be able to get caught up on sleep and nutrition now that you're home. Hope you were able to find a route for your 21 miler that either: a) had lots of port-o-potties, or b) lots of woods for cover, with leaves that weren't poison oak or ivy!

  9. Hope you proved all the fueling and resting theories wrong and rocked your 21 miler :)

  10. Aw, I'm sorry things didn't work out quite like you'd hoped but I'm glad you're back home safe and sound. And I'm pretty sure everything at Taco Bell constitutes carbo-loading so I think you're ready!

  11. Hope you had a great long run today!! Rest up and enjoy being back home. Have a great week!

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