Hey, early birds. You can keep your stinking worms! Because with my new job and evening running commitments, I feel myself gravitating more and more toward a night-owl schedule.
Case in point: today. I laid in bed until just after 9, then puttered about the apartment for about 45 minutes: feeding the cats, dusting and sweeping and general tidying up. At 10 I had a light breakfast. Then worked for a couple of hours on some freelance/client work. Around noon it was time to shower up and eat some lunch before heading in to work at the store at 2. Hussled my butt around there all afternoon, then headed home – on foot, for my 6-mile run-slash-commute – at 9:30. Back in the hood by 10:30, grabbed some pizza to go and a bottle of wine. 11 PM dinner time. Now it’s 11:30 and I’m settling down to another couple of hours of client work before hitting the sack.
Fortunately, this is just fine with me. I loathe morning and am more productive at night anyway.
However, there are a couple of problems. One, even though I’m working plenty, I feel like kind of a degenerate for sleeping in so late every day. And two, I’m gonna have to get up early for my long runs this summer…and I have a feeling that transitioning from a 9 AM wake-up to 6 AM on long run days is gonna be brutal.
I know that plenty of people do it, but I really am in awe of people who get up before the sun every day. You’ve all done your daily exercise and are hard at work by the time I roll through my first series of yawns and stretches. I guess I’ve been really lucky that I’ve never had a job that required me to be at my desk before 9:30 or so…and now, since I freelance and work retail, I can usually make my own schedule in the mornings.
Tomorrow, though? I might be aggressive and try to make it to an 8:00 AM yoga class. I dunno though, 7:30 alarm is pretty darn early… 🙂
Today’s EAT: eat, drink, run is on its way to losing any credibility it had as a semi-cooking blog, huh? Tonight was another take-out dinner!
z pizza is a national mini-chain, but new to my neighborhood! The schtick? Organic pizzas, whole wheat crust, etc. Healthy pizza. A sign at the register claims that a slice of their pepperoni pizza has just 210 calories!
I went with the Napolean and some plain cheese:
To be honest, I was a bit skeptical. But this pizza was really quite delicious! The flavor, especially on the garlicky Napolean, was bold and well-balanced. The crust was buttery-tasting and chewy and didn’t taste like whole wheat at all! And for a five-dollar-dinner, I’ll definitely be back to z pizza again.
Today’s DRINK: I also picked up a bottle of wine on the way in from my run-commute. Cupcake Chardonnay:
As the name suggests, it’s pretty sweet! It’s enjoyable enough, but reminds me a bit of Yellowtail. It’s wine that somehow tastes like it has sugar in it. It’s perfectly drinkable, but I guess I have enough to a wine palate to suspect that something is artificial or mass-produced about this wine. Oh well!
Today’s RUN: As I mentioned above, I ran home from work again tonight! I am really loving this method of commuting. An easy run down the Hudson River greenway on a beautiful night is far more relaxing than bumming around in the subway. I come home from work feeling clear-headed and energized instead of exhausted!
Tonight was around 6 miles, I think. Maybe a little less. My legs felt surprisingly springy and fresh and I actually had to make a continual, conscious effort to keep the pace easy.
Tomorrow night, I’m headed up to the track at Icahn Stadium instead of the track on East 6th St! NYRR hosts periodic Tuesday track meets during the summer, and a bunch of teammates and coworkers are running this week. I’m undecided as to whether I’m going to race or not…if I’m feeling plucky, maybe I’ll jump into the 1500M or something. If not, I’ll just trot around, get in an easy run, and cheer the others on. 🙂
Today’s QUESTION: What time does your alarm go off in the morning? Do you like it, or would you prefer a different schedule?