Yesterday morning I raced in a local 5K (recap to be posted Tuesday), drove home long enough to shower, and then hopped back into my packed SUV and headed to Southwest Virginia to visit my mom for the week. We have big plans to do a few fall gardening chores, go Christmas shopping, and perhaps, even put up her Christmas tree!
Driving through the Shenandoah Valley under a bright blue sky was gorgeous with the changing fall leaves. I wanted to go on the Blue Ridge Parkway and hike along the Appalachian Trail, but opted to stay on the interstate for a speedier drive. Perhaps Bill and I can make the trip another weekend, but the leaves are quickly falling and our window of opportunity is becoming limited. In the meantime, I’ll enjoy the multi-colored leaves here in southwestern Virginia.
Tuesday morning I opted to sleep in rather than getting up at 4:30 to run with my friends. By the time my schedule allowed me to run later in the day, I was grumpy and didn’t want to go out alone. I texted my friends, whined a little, and finally fought the urge to skip my run and went out around noon for a less than stellar run. Of course, all runs can’t be perfect, and it’s those so-so runs that build character – at least that’s what I told myself.
Determined not to run alone again on Thursday, I made plans to meet my friends at the trail at 5:30 AM. I set my alarm Wednesday night for 4:30 Thursday morning and went to bed. Thursday morning at 4:30 (according to my clock) my radio alarm turned on to, “The Cubs win the World Series!” Excited, I rolled over to tell Bill and noticed that his clock showed 5:30 AM. Oh no, my clock had chosen Wednesday night to “fall back” from daylight saving time to standard time.
I rocketed out of bed, immediately texted my friends to tell them I’d overslept, and zoomed out the door as quickly as I could. I arrived at the trail with pepper spray in hand since I’d be running alone and immediately realized that I’d left my headlamp at home. About a mile and a half into my run, I met my friends coming back toward me and turned with them. Once we got back to the parking lot, I turned to finish on my own, only this time carrying Tiffany’s mega-headlamp (that thing could light up a football stadium on a Friday night). Alone, and not wanting to get eaten by the boogie man or a random critter, my pace averaged 8:25 – including slowing down to our normal pace while running with my friends.
Even with oversleeping, I’d lost only thirty minutes off of my morning and still had plenty of time before my first client arrived at 8 AM…
Here’s how the rest of my not-nearly-as-rushed week went down…
Fitness tools beyond the equipment in my gym that I used during the week included:
- Rodney Yee’s Complete Yoga For Beginners (affiliate link)
- Rodney Yee’s Intermediate Yoga (affiliate link)
- Rodney Yee’s Yoga Conditioning For Athletes (affiliate link)
- Teeter Hang Ups Inversion (affiliate link)
Cameras used for blog photography include:
- GoPro Hero 4 (affiliate link)
- Canon Power Shot Elph (affiliate link)
- iPhone 6S (affiliate link)
- Do you have clocks that automatically reset with the time changes and if so, do they work properly?
- Have you overslept and missed a race?
- Did you race this weekend?
Have a great week!
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I still manually reset all of our clocks…the phones do the resetting on their own. Even with the time change, I still woke up (as usual) about 20 minutes before my alarm. It’s like my body (or mind?) has its own internal clock. No racing for me, but I did my final long run (20 miles), so I have happily landed in Taper 😉
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We have two “traditional” alarm clocks that automatically “fall back” and “spring forward;” however, one of them has a mind of its own and has been screwed up since leap year a few years ago. 🙁 I prefer to use a traditional alarm clock over my iPhone because it’s easier to roll over and slap the snooze bar on it than finding the snooze button on my phone without my glasses. LOL
The clocks that we rely on reset themselves – a/k/a the ones on our phones. The other ones we change when we notice them! I’ve never had clocks change when they shouldn’t though – yikes!
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Our two alarm clocks are supposed to automatically “fall back” and “spring forward;” however, one of them has been screwed up since leap year a few years ago. Sooooo one day a year, I risk oversleeping. Problem is, I don’t know exactly which day so I usually use my iPhone as a backup during late October, but forgot this year.
Most of my clocks automatically reset with the time change. The one in the living and bathroom do not and I just remembered that I still have to do it. 🙂 I’ve never overslept before a race but am terrified. I double and triple check the alarm on my watch to make sure that does not happen.
By the way, which headlamp did you borrow? I am looking for one for me.
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I get paranoid about oversleeping the night before a race, too. I always set my regular alarm and my iPhone as a backup.
The headlamp I borrowed is a Crane. I took a picture of it so I would remember when I order one of my own. It also has a tail light on the back of the headband. Tiffany didn’t remember how many lumens it happens to be, but it’s a lot!
To answer your question, I have missed a race due to my alarm not going off. Well it actually went off but my phone was on silent for everything and I did not hear it Luckily it was not a major race and because I felt so guilty I actually went to the race after everyone had gone and ran the course!
I hope you enjoy your time with your mother. Have a great week Deb!!
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Oh wow, you should get double medals for running the race after everyone went home!
I have had dreams about over sleeping before I race but so far I haven’t and the only clocks that change on their own in my house is my phone, but I don’t have an alarm clock in my room anymore. No races for me until March, 🙁 although maybe a Thanksgiving one if my schedule allows for it
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For races, I always set a backup alarm. Hope your Thanksgiving race pans out. We have a really fun Thanksgiving morning race in our neighborhood and my family dresses up for it. We now have a turkey, two pilgrims, and an Indian! 🙂