Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Laps Around the Mall

Ken has started getting up at 2:30 a.m. to go to a boot camp class (okay, he gets up at 5:00 a.m., but it feels like 2:30 a.m. and embellishment is my forté). If I haven’t told you this, Ken is one of the most disciplined people you will ever meet. In fact, four years ago he decided to stop eating dessert and literally hasn’t had a bite of it since. Who does that? Who can do that? Don’t get me wrong, he eats sugar in yogurt and protein bars, but the guy has not had ONE DESSERT (not cake on his birthday, not pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving) in four years.

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Ken and Sam running the Longmont Turkey Trot 10K - 2010

So, when Ken says he is doing to do something, he does it. And, because we share the same bed and I can’t stay asleep for shit, I am also getting up at 5:00 a.m. This means I go to bed at 6:00 p.m. (okay, there is the embellishment again. Can’t help it. Really, I go to bed around 9:00 p.m.).

BTW (or “bee tee dubs” as my son says), there is nothing more gorgeous than me in the morning, so don’t even pretend you look better than I do right now.

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I now understand how it happens – the gradual progression towards the senior/AARP lifestyle - the early bird buffet dinners and the ass-crack-of-dawn mornings spent walking laps around the shopping mall. When my time comes, however, I will not walk around the mall. I will sprint. I will zoom by the Gap, Cinnabon and Bath & Body Works. I will use a foot pod on my shoe to track mileage. I will wear a fuel belt and eat gels. I will talk only about zero drop shoes and Boston qualification times. I will be the coolest senior on the block.

The picture below is not me or anyone I know. This is what comes up when you Google “old person running.” This is Ed Whitlock (in Toronto, 2003), who at age 72 was he first person to run a sub 3 hour marathon. I don’t know if he is having fun at this point in the race.

Being up so early, I had time to read an insightful article, 12 Things to Start Caring About Today. This is found on a blog I just discovered and am loving called Marc and Angel Hack Life. This is not a running blog – gasp! It’s musings on everyday important stuff related to health, aspirations and self improvement.

I already care about a lot of things, so I don’t really want someone to tell me more things I need to care about, but this was a solid reminder to remove the head out of the ass. Here are some highlights (you can read the whole thing HERE – below are not the 12 things, but just some quotes from the article):

  • If you want to know where your heart is, look where your mind goes when it wanders. As Steve Jobs once said, “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”
  • Right now, someone on Earth is planning something for tomorrow without realizing they’re going to die today. Remember, what you do every day matters more than what you do every once in awhile.
  • In your quiet moments, pay attention to your self-talk. Because maybe, just maybe, the only thing that needs to shift in order for you to experience more happiness, more love, and more vitality, is your way of thinking.
  • You must love who you are or no one else will either. And when you are truly comfortable in your own skin, not everyone will like you, but you won’t care about it one bit.
  • Life is too short to spend time with people who suck the happiness out of you.
  • Exercise to be fit, not skinny. Eat to nourish your body. And always ignore the haters, doubters and unhealthy examples that were once feeding you. To truly be your best, you must give your body the fuel it needs
  • Don’t worry about what others are doing better than you.
  • Wake up each day thankful for your life
  • This moment is your ‘life.’ Don’t miss it.

How many hours of sleep do you usually get? I aim to get at least 7, but preferably 9.

Find any new blogs you like lately? There are SO many good ones. My new reads are Marc and Angel and the No Meat Athlete.

Any signs you are getting older? Yes. Hair on my upper lip.

Off to grab breakfast, drop kids and RUN.

SUAR

61 comments:

  1. I'm like you - I want 9 hours of sleep! If I don't set the alarm, that's how long I naturally sleep. However, if I get 7 instead somehow I am less tired. Makes no sense.

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    1. Oversleeping is a huge problem. People don't realize that oversleeping will make you more tired.

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  2. At the ripe age of 31, I try to be in bed around 9. I'm the oldest 30-something around. I don't have a smart phone, I eat dinner at 5 pm, I hate crowds and teenagers and I like to go to bed early....9+ hours is always the goal. When friends make fun of my I try to pass it off as I have to get lots of sleep because I train so hard for races....but really I just like to sleep. :)

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  3. I actually wake up at 3:30 every morning to go workout, run and lead a finess group. I can definetly relate!!! Great post.

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  4. My husband just started a new shift which means we get up at 4:30....yes, we. I just can't stay asleep. So I've been doing some Jillian workout in the mornings and Facebook, of course. And our eyes are shut at 9 pm! :) It's not so bad...But I do see the progression of aging here!

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  5. Beth, I married one of those "says he's going to and does" guys. Not one drop of soda for him in the past 10 years. I thought he was the only one.

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  6. I sleep when I can.... my just-turned seven month old has slept through the night (until 5am) with no wakes ups for two nights in a row... so I am lucky. It's still tough to drag my ass outta bed that early, even after getting up every night between 2-4am for the past seven months, sometimes multiple times. Sometimes I go to bed at 8, always by 10... otherwise I'm a zombie. Either way, I'm happy because I haven't used lack of sleep as an excuse to skip a workout. I always get them done because I know I will feel better afterwards! :)

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  7. You don't want to run in the mall. I got kicked out and banned for life from the Parks Mall in Arlington, Texas for rollerblading in 1993.

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  8. After staying up for most of the Oscars (I did doze, I'm not that cool), and then staying up for all but the last 25 laps of Daytona, I am feeling closer to 72 than 39.
    Signs I'm getting old? Mornings after staying up past 9PM. Twice.

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    1. Now that you're feeling 72 maybe you can run a sub three hour marathon!

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    2. How did you stay up through the entire race but not the last 25 laps?!? Crazy.

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    3. I know, isn't that crazy!? I guess the buzz of the cars actually moving got me sleepy, as opposed to the hilarity of the interviews with the drivers as they joked on the track during the red flag. LOL

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  9. I can't remember the last time I slept well... I guess it was probably before marriage and kids.

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  10. I want 9 hours of sleep but usually wind up with 6 or 7 because my body is wired to stay up since I have to work nights and my child is wired to wake up early.

    I'm already doing facial hair damage control at 29... oh boy.

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  11. 8 hours is my usual, but my mind races at night (PR of about 6 hours) so I always feel tired in the morning. I know I'm getting old because I have gray hairs upstairs AND downstairs! And I'm only 33...

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  12. Jason's alarm goes off at 2:48 - love that man. Love this post and my favorite is Life is too short to spend time with people who suck the happiness out of you. So today I will quit my job and these suckers do things on there own...

    BTW - are we going to get to see you this year? I hope so

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  13. 4 AM riser here - I'm committed like Ken to my morning exercise routine. This means that I generally get around 6 hours of sleep during the week and 9 on Friday-Saturday when my body seems to want to catch up.

    My running mentor is 86 and we still run together occasionally. He still races several times a year. I want to be like him when I grow up.

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  14. Ha! I'm one of those that decided to give up Soda one year for lent and never drank it again - that was 10 years ago. Then I decided to start running and eating clean - that was three years - and I'm still doing both. But now I understand why it totally annoys those that around me! Thanks for the insight!! Go take a nap!

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  15. My husband teases that I am training for retirement ~ I get up early, eat oatmeal every morning for breakfast, like to eat dinner at 5:00, and love crossword puzzles and bingo. By the time I am 65 I will have been practicing to be a senior citizen for 30 years.

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    1. HAHA!! You need to add in Wheel of Fortune and you will be set.

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  16. I have just started getting up at 5am every morning as a challenge to be consistent and get my butt to the 6am yoga class more often. I would like to be in bed by 9, but it is usually closer to 10:30 (I go to be earlier than my teens!). I love the article quotes--they are just what I need to hear today.
    Thanks!

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  17. I have been getting up at 4:30am for the past 10 years to get my workout even on days when I decide to sleep in I still wake up and lay in bed but I really have a hard time staying in bed. In bed most days by 10am, if I get more than 7 hours of sleep I am actually cranky, tired and something tends to ache. Love the quotes.

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  18. No dessert for 4 years! WOW!! I could never do that!!

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  19. I only have two words for the entire article: amen sistah!

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  20. Great post. I laugh but it's so true. At the nursing home they serve dinner at 3 p.m. and everyone is in bed by 5 p.m. What is up with that?!

    For me: Bed 10 p.m., get up 6 a.m. Dragging.

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  21. The guy in the pic looks like he's lunging for a can to barf in. I gotta give it to him tho, he's doing something my right knee would never allow. My fav part might be the guy smiling behind him.

    Love the words of wisdom. I'm gonna check out the sight.

    You know, I had this one odd hair show up on the side of my face. It was long and there was just one. I wondered how only one hair got there? Sounds like a Dr. Seuss story waiting to happen. I told my hairdresser about it and she says its common and that she calls it the plastic hair. Hmmpf.

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    1. I've got one of those hairs too. It is curly and on my chin. Has a life of its own.

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  22. I've been reading more and more blogs about living life rather than running....I find them a lot more helpful right now! The words of wisdom's you highlighted are some of those that I read, too...love 'em!

    You get 7 hours of sleep a night? ENVIOUS! I'm thrilled if I can get 5! Party central if I get 6!

    That reminds me...I'd better go and get my lip waxed. ugh

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  23. Good for Ken - limiting sugar for healthier options is good for the body.
    I get about 6 hours of sleep. Every 3 weeks or so it catches up to me and I
    feel so tired. When exhaustion hits, I'll get about 7 1/2 to 8 hours for a couple of days and I'm good to go again.

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  24. I love Marc and Angel Hack Life, great stuff in there. I don't think I could ever give up dessert entirely (nor would I WANT to), there's gotta be some enjoyment in life. My natural tendency is to stay up late and sleep late, but if I don't get up and work out first thing in the morning it doesn't usually happen. Hence up at 4:30-5 a.m., even if I'm up until 11:30 p.m. I try to go to bed earlier, but it just doesn't seem to happen most of the time. Sleeping late only happens on weekends--when I don't have a race, that is. :D

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  25. Did you know that Ed Whitlock ran 3:15 at a marathon in Toronto in October 2011. At age 80. Smashed his own world record for 80+ by 10 minutes. I ran a 5k race in Toronto 5-6 years ago (when I thought I was fast) and saw him crushing me on the out-and-back portion of the course! Can't miss that crazy white hair!

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    1. Did not know that. INCREDIBLE does not even describe this guy!

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  26. The last 3 days I've woken up at 5:30a. I don't have to be up, there isn't an alarm set my eyes are just open. Like you, this morning I thought "this is how it starts" so I got my butt out of bed and thought "maybe I'll nap this afternoon." In 3 days I've gone from 42 to 82. What the hell happened???

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    1. YES that is exactly how it happened with me. WTH?

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  27. My son says bee-tee-dubs too! And sometimes he eats off campus at bee-dub-dubs (Buffalo Wild Wings). Funny. I'm not a big dessert eater but no dessert in 4 years?? That's amazing. I want to be one of those people who makes a committment and sticks to it. Also, I love the quotes from the blog.

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  28. No dessert ever? craziness!

    as for signs of aging...well

    I am 27 and I've got plenty of gray hairs popping up now and I like them, its like having tiny natural platinum highlights.

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  29. What was his motivation for giving up dessert? Amazing! Thanks for the amazing new blog, tons of good stuff there!!

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    1. His motivation was that he felt a loss of control when it came to sweets and he didn't like it. He also says he felt much better physically without it. But it was HARD and took major will power.

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  30. I totally need 9 hours of sleep to feel amazing, but I usually get around 6 and then then go into zombie mode on the weekends. #1 sign that I'm getting older is that my hangovers now last around 2 days- 1 to feel like death and 1 when I'm still worn out from feeling like death. Time to stay away from the booze.

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  31. Love the point about your heart is where your mind wanders. I think I need to break up with Facebook! ;)
    I NEED my 8 hours (at least) and I so wish I could be a morning person - I can swing it when running with friends but the rest of the week - NO WAY!!

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  32. My husband and I started watching documentaries on health about a month ago. Since then we have made some major lifestyle changes. He no longer eats any meat other than fish and no dairy. I like cheese and greek yogurt too much to give it up all together but have seriously cut down. I can't even wrap my head around 'no desserts'! Especially birthday cake! Cake = awesome. This crazy man of mine has however convinced me to do a 7 day juice fast, we are currently on day 3.
    Really, no desserts??? Ever??? Like, for the rest of his life??? Baffling. :)

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  33. I have to laugh every time I see that pictures and how awful I look in it. That has morning sickness, why I am running this race, written all over it!

    I get about 6 hours of sleep a night these days, no at all one time, but total. And no desserts in 4 years, that is nuts. I'm missing them after only a week!

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    1. HAHA!! I was wondering if you were going to say something about that!!!

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  34. No Meat Athlete is great. Matt is a very cool guy.

    This was my favorite of the 12: Right now, someone on Earth is planning something for tomorrow without realizing they’re going to die today. Remember, what you do every day matters more than what you do every once in awhile.

    Dying is my only fear in life and not for any other reason than I want to do so much and try to do it everyday but I know I will miss something eventually.

    Sub 3 F'N hours at that age? Mother F'er that guy is a rockstar.

    BTW (bee tee dubs) Oreo is 100 years old. How fast do you think that can run a marathon? Maybe the triple decker is faster?

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  35. No sleep. I was told when I had my first baby that sleep is for wimps. I decided then and there that I was NOT a wimp and I gave up sleep. Kind of like Ken and dessert.

    I am getting fat and hairy as I get older. And stinky. But getting older beats the alternative.

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  36. I need at least 6 hours of slee, I prefer 7-8. I can tell I'm getting older because my hair is nearly half gray when I let it grow out too long between dye jobs, scary!! Ken is CRAZY!! That's all I can say about no dessert, crazy!!

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  37. I've been reading No Meat Athlete for about a year and a half now. Love it.
    I find myself sort of veering away from running blogs or only keeping track of the ones that talk about everyday things and life in general. I love running, but I also love to read about the person as well.

    Getting old? I crack and pop every time I get out of a chair. I'm always wondering if I should just sit back down or move and risk injury.

    Hope all is well in your world.

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  38. I'm a first-time commenter on your blog...Hi! I just want to say you are fricken HILARIOUS and awesome. I bet your kids' friends think you're the coolest mom ever.
    Bee Tee Dubs, I'm reading your blog from Australia! I found you through HRG and SR and love your blog and personality. Have a great rest of the day. Hope to meet you someday when I come back to the US to run some races. Oh, and I need at least 8, preferably 9 hours of sleep.
    carrie

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  39. Waking up before 6am is something I do only for races and first-in-the-morning flights. I am a morning person. Really, I am! But 4:45 is still THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT.

    One (of the many) blogs I love: Every Day is Run Day. Kristin's blog is fairly new, at less than 8 months old, but doesn't seem like it is... She's got a clear voice, and I look forward to reading her posts.

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  40. Love these bullet points! FAB reminders for us every day. By "drop kids" do you mean mommy taxi or poop?

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  41. I
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    This.
    I love/hate the quiet times with my thoughts. Scary & awesome.
    Love the one about energy-negative suckers. So true.
    And
    Holy freaking cow ken.
    4 years?! Jeepers.

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  42. To be honest- today seemed like one of the longest days and I almost skipped reading your post- so glad I didnt cause I needed this! I go to bed at 9 (Im only 31 years young but I have 2 very early risers!). No new blogs currently, other than now I will add this one. Signs Im getting older? What clothes I find comfortable has dramatically changed. Wish I could live in sweats and t shirts!

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  43. I saw Ed Whitlock (at 80 years old) run his last 100 meters to the finish line last year at the Toronto Scotiabank Marathon in 3:15. I have to say it was the most inpirational thing I've ever witnessed. It changed me. I swore I was going to start running that day. Love that he came up on your search. :)

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  44. I love your blog. Very funny. I also have the sense of humor of a teenage boy. In answer to your questions, I get up at 4:45 regardless of when I went to bed so that I can be ready to run at 5:15. A friend and I recently started a blog to discuss our quest to be fructose free. We've been at it a whole week; so, we are blog babies. Would love for you to check us out at www.crazyasamother.com

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  45. Dude, weird, I posted about getting older today, too. What's in the air making us think old today?! I keep chiding the neighbor kids. Makes me feel old. Especially since the neighbor kids are 19 and 21.

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  46. There's a woman at the gym who has to be in her 70s and she looks better than I do. I want to be her when I grow up. I figure I have a couple decades to get there. As for getting older, I think that everytime I get out of bed and all my joints pop and snap, or when I stand up and my knees crackle. Ah... the music of age.

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  47. haha the sleeping in bed thing is me. I am a super light sleeper and I usually have to be up at 5 for work. So on my mornings off when the hubs decides to get up at 6 am, I want to kill him!! I used to work at the mall and go in before it opened and those mall walkers are serious man. I almost got ran over once! They are almost jogging. They honestly scare me.

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  48. I get about 7-8 hours of sleep now AND that's a sign to me that I'm getting older. It's all good though...THANK YOU for the Marc and Angel blog recommendation! LOVE it! Great post!

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  49. LMAO, you actually had to put this picture is not me!

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  50. Fun post!! Yeah the older I get the earlier I get up... :(

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