Liza Howard. Ultrarunning Mom.

Ultrarunning Mom

Just five minutes and pictures

Ruby and I got about 4 hours of sleep last night and I have a 4.5 hour run scheduled today.  That just seems wrong, doesn’t it?  And if I read one more time about how important sleep is to training and performance, I’m going to punch somebody (or at least throw a pillow on the floor and stomp my foot) (and maybe cry).

Last night, I reenacted the scene in Nikki Kimball’s movie, Finding Traction, where she pleads with her pacer for just five minutes of sleep.  It’s 1:55 minutes into the video.  (Watch it, it’s so worth it.)

Screen shot 2013-11-17 at 8.31.37 AMSo I’m not unhappy to be spending time with a restless, gassy Ruby — even in the middle of the night.  She’s a cutie and she’s our last baby, so the experience doesn’t have the this-is-my-life-forever-I’m-going-crazy feel that Asa’s night hours did.  I’m just not thrilled about being so tired.  I hopped on the treadmill this morning to start my 4.5 hours, and I just couldn’t do it.  I was too tired to muster the mental fortitude treadmill running in the garage takes.  I woke Eliot up and sent him off on his bike ride and will head off to Government Canyon for a nature-assisted run later this afternoon.

In other news, I’ve only got 11 more pounds to lose to get back down to racing weight — and fit into my winter pants.  (Thank goodness it hasn’t gotten all that cold yet.)  I asked my friend Don, who took the pictures at the Trail Running Camp, to take some running photos of me at the end of December as a motivator to eat well and get down to racing weight.  I’ll post them here.  (Take that! huge bag of tortilla chips in the pantry!)

Okay, diapers to change and thank you notes to write.

Here’s a link to Don’s photos from the camp.  http://www.flickr.com/photos/108606573@N05/sets/72157637692878905/

Beautiful, eh?