The Joys of Jetlag

Since coming back from Australia, I’ve been suffering from the worst case of jet lag known to man.  This trip really threw my body for a loop.  You’d think after five trips there that my body would get used to it, but I was wrong.  We got home on Saturday night around 10:00.  By the time we got home, unpacked a little, ate a very late dinner, showered, and went to bed, it was almost 2 am.  I told myself that I would wake up at a normal hour and go to the gym in the morning.  Needless to say, by the time we woke up the next ‘morning’, it was 1:30 in the afternoon.

Well, there goes our productive day and trying to get back to a somewhat normal schedule.

 

I will vouch for this.

 

Sunday, we went to bed again at the ungodly hour of 2 am and woke up again at 1 stupid o’clock in the afternoon on Monday.  Apparently waking up in the middle of the day that day took it out of us because we were in bed by 11 pm that night.  (That made it a whopping 10 hours we were awake for the day on Sunday.)  By the time 4 am rolled around on Tuesday, I was wide awake but forced myself to lay in bed for another 2 hours, thinking about how much I wished I was asleep.

The last couple days at work have been brutal.  The morning fly by, but by 1 in the afternoon I’m ready for bed again.  I was actually feeling ill on Tuesday from being so tired.  Rich has suggested I shut the door to my office and ‘rest my eyes,’ but people can see me through the windows of my office and I don’t think they would be too impressed.  Luckily I’ve slept for 7 hours the last 2 nights, so I think I’m slowly getting back to normal.

Jet lag has been delaying my efforts to get back to a normal schedule.  The one thing I miss right now (besides a normal sleeping pattern) is having the energy to exercise (yes I am lame).  I haven’t run in over 1 1/2 weeks; my legs feel restless at the end of the day and it makes it a little hard to sleep.  I did a 20-minute kettlebell workout yesterday.  It was exhausting.  Go me.

To get myself motivated to run, I started looking in to races to run in 2012.  Most people don’t know this, but I decided to do a lot of research/reading about runs before I commit to them.  The one requirement, besides convenience, is that they have to be for a good cause.  There are six or seven races that I’ve found for this year that I’d like to run:

  1. March 31:  Shifter’s 5K  in Waltham, MA — benefiting the Dana Farber Marathon Challenge
  2. April 29: Keeping the Beat 5K in Hull, MA — benefiting the Children’s Hospital Boston
  3. June 2:  P.R.O.N.E 5K in South Boston, MA — benefiting the Pug Rescue of New England
  4. September 22: ZOOMA Cape Cod 10K in Falmouth, MA — charity TBD
  5. November 22:  Feaster Five Thanksgiving Day Race in Andover, MA — benefiting the Merrimack Valley YMCA, Ironstone Farm, and Merrimack Valley Striders
  6. TBD: JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge in Boston, MA — charity TBD
  7. TBD: Susan G Komen Race for the Cure 5K in Boston, MA — benefeiting Susan G Komen for the Cure

Now all I have to do is get out of this funk and get back to running, starting today!

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