Friday, March 21, 2008

Proof Positive

These are the kinds of days I want to share with my friends and family who think I'm nuts for waking up pre 5 a.m. to run/bike/swim. I woke up around 3:15 a.m. today with a brain splitting headache. For about 1 week/month this is a normal occurrence. It's quite annoying. I can't sleep whenI get these headaches. I have a special medicine to take for these migraines. I squirt it up my nose! It looks like I'm doing serious drugs. Anyway, the med works great but it makes me whacko for a while. So I try not to take it at the start of a day.
These are the mornings during which your mind can play games with you. "Stay in bed. You need sleep. You'll feel better all day if you get more rest. You can swim tomorrow..." Those thoughts have won before.
Today, I didn't listen. I got out of bed at 4:44. I stumbled in the dark to my pile of clothes, kissed the hubby, filled a water bottle, got a mug of coffee and headed out the door and into the 22 degree wind filled air. brrrr. It's March 21st isn't it?
I was exhausted and light sensitive for the whole 30" ride to the pool. I had to let the cars behind me go by because I couldn't see with their lights at my back and this awful migraine piercing the right side of my brain.
Finally I jumped into the water and cranked out 7x400s with each one faster than the one before. I felt strong and solid. I felt better in the water than I have in a week. And guess what? My headache is GONE!!! Hello New Day!!! I'm ready for ya now!
I hurried home and shifted gears. I brushed the kid's hair, brushed their teeth, checked over homework, packed the backpacks, wrote a note to Cam's teacher, threw in load of laundry, washed my face of the chlorine smell, filled lunchboxes, drank a cup of coffee, made a few beds, put Tommy's Hat Day hat in car and after this I will take them to school. When that is done I will come home, set Nick up with some toys or maybe Dora the Explorer and crank out a good run.
My day turned around and it's all because I got up and moved my butt.
I do wish I could convince people who don't workout that this really can be the answer to so many daily woes. You don't have to train for triathlons or marathons or any race at all. You don't have to do 3 different sports. But it really does work.
Get out there and MOVE!!!!
Happy Friday to all.


Nathaniel said...

I've been reading your blog now for a few months now. You are doing great and are very inspiring. I think I swam next to you this morning at the YWCA in Lewiston. You are so fast and swim so well. You made me look like a slow snail in the water. If you feel like checking out my blog you can find it at
Keep training hard.
Nor'Easter Triathlete
"Only those who risk going too far,
can possibly find out how far they can go."
- T. S. Elliot

Anonymous said...

Way to start your day off!! Here, I let a cookie talk me out of running this week, and you don't even let a brain splitting headache stop you!

I'm so glad the swimming made things better. You are such an inspiration :)


Anonymous said...

WOW! Way to start the day! I bet next time you thinking about staying in bed, you will think again!

TriBoomer a.k.a. Brian said...

Hey Angela,

Don't ya just love good training to start the day?

Thank you for including my blog on your sidebar.

Stay tuned...

Marni Sumbal, MS, RD said...

When I have trouble getting started early in the am I think small rather than long. Instead of thinking about a hard or long workout that I have planned and debating whether I should skip it or stay in bed, I think small and tell myself something is better than nothing and to just get going. Usually that gets me going and I end up having a great long and hard workout! Sounds like you really turned your day around! I hope your head feels better :)

Michelle said...

I couldn't agree with you more. Our bodies were meant to move. Working in health care, I find this to be the one thing I try to repeat and encourage.

AtlantaMom said...

Now THAT is dedication! You are quite a role model for your children....

I love to bike but hate "real" swimming. I love to swim, don't get me wrong, but competitively, nuh uh. Can't do it. That pretty much takes me out of any sort of triathalon - ever.