It’s hard to believe that in a week I will be in Ireland. Roughly 10 months ago on a whim I decided that I would run the Dublin Marathon for my 50th birthday. Thus began 8 months of training that will end next Sunday, 20 October. While I was doing my initial planning I had to decide if I would run the race at the beginning of my trip then tour the country or at the end. To me it was an easy answer…beginning. I wanted to be able to enjoy myself while traveling and this means being able to eat what I want, when I want. If I toured first then tried to run the race I imagine that would have been 1) boring and 2) a big ‘ol mess. So, I opted to run first then enjoy myself later.
I believe my biggest hurdles are acclimation and sleep. Anyone that has gone to a foreign country knows it takes a bit to adjust to the time change and I won’t really have enough time, only two days. I have made peace with that fact that this may be…harder than I thought. Meaning, this is going to be harder than I thought.
I searched the inter-webs and came across How to Adjust to Moving to A New Timezone – Bekins
Some take ways:
Before the flight
1. Slowly adapt to the new sleeping schedule.
Ok. I did think about this one, but my favorite line states (…a month or two weeks before) uhhhh ain’t nobody got time for that! The article suggests changing your sleeping habits 15 minutes at a time. I think I will give this a go for as much as I possibly can.
2. Rest for three days before you leave.
Ok. Cats/house you’re on your own – peace out!
3. Cut back on alcohol, caffeine, and sugar before you leave.
What that he**!! Do you not know it’s October Fest and almost Halloween????!!! I have already bought my candy, and yes I have to sample!!
4. Drink plenty of water.
Done and done…I live in the desert.
During the Flight
1. Drink some more water.
If there is one thing I hate is having to go to the bathroom on the plane. I’m not kidding either. Transatlantic is the worst. I’m tiny and I can barely fit in that tube – but I will have to do it because the flight is about 7 hours…..so drink water I shall!
2. Sleep or stay awake (depending on arrival time).
Oh don’t worry…I will. Someone has to keep an eye out for shenanigans.
3. Reset your watch.
But it’s so much more fun if I didn’t…no?
After the Flight
1. Go to bed or eat breakfast (depending on arrival time).
I’ll be arriving in the morning, so eating it is…which there is never an issue.
2. Use melatonin.
Baaawwwwaaaawwwaa! Nice! I have the system of a horse, melatonin won’t help this gal cut some ZZzzzzs.
We’ll, there you have it ~ Important information about time change and travel. I will do my best to make the transition as painless as possible.
My week 14 training was very much welcomed. Time to start focusing on resting the body a bit and my long run was only 9 miles! Hallelujah! For the most part feeling ok. I’m not at 100% on feeling great and there are some aches and pains. Most runners will read that line and say “when are there not”, but it is possible to run with minimal pain. There is going to have to be an in-depth after action review on this marathon and my training when it’s all said and done. But like they say ~ the train has left the station, hop on board!
This weeks mileage came to 22.81. I have 6386.71 miles gratefully remaining. Happy Miles to You!!
There’s an Irish party in third class!!