Just kidding...(you Family Guy enthusiasts get the joke, I'm sure)
But seriously, Family Guy seems to always be on TV at any given time. I found this out last night (or rather early this morning). I went to bed around 10 pm, which is early for me, because, as I wrote in my last post, I wanted to get up and go to the gym before work for my 3.5-mile run and some strength. So much for that! I ended up waking up at 1:30-ish and COULD NOT get back to sleep. I tossed and turned. I kicked off my blanket, got cold, and then pulled it back on. I fluffed my pillows, flipped my pillows, rolled to one side and then the other. All to no avail. I decided that the best course of action at this point was to watch TV until I got drowsy again. So I turned on the TV to Adult Swim on Cartoon Network and, luckily, Family Guy was on (again). By this time, it was 3 am. I watched both episodes and stopped short of Robot Chicken then went to sleep.
This happens to me sometimes when I know I have to wake up extra early. It's like the anticipation of having to get up earlier than usual---whether to go to the gym or catch a flight or whatever the reason---makes it impossible for me to get any real sleep. When I know that I need to get up at an ungodly hour, I either can't fall asleep or can't stay asleep. Early 6 am flight? Need to catch the Super Shuttle by 3:45 am to get to the airport? Forget it. I stay up all night. Then, I can't even sleep on the plane. For me, it's like the window of opportunity for sleep slams shut the minute the alarm goes off.
That's why I don't really like to make big plans to go to the gym early in the mornings. To do this, I usually have to get up at 4:45. I can't tell you the number of times I would pack my gym bag and work clothes, etc., the night before only to wake up at 4:45, change the alarm to 6 am, unpack it all the next morning, and end up working out after work. Some days I manage the early workouts. Sometimes, like last night, I get too worked up about getting up early that I end up completely rearranging my plans for that extra hour and fifteen minutes of sleep.
Needless to say, it was a long day at work, especially when your job is to read dry scientific manuscripts all day long! But I was determined to get to the gym tonight to get my scheduled run in. I was NOT going to miss a day!
And I didn't (with a little help from some sugar-free Red Bull!)
I got home, took care of the puggies, ate a Bagel Thin with some almond butter and an ear of corn (no butter), and went to the gym.
Where I ran 5 MILES and did some chest, triceps, and deltoids too! So that's my long run for the week. Now when I go to Wisconsin, I'll only have my shorter runs to do, which will be so much more convenient! But hey, if I end up running another long run this week, then why not?
Tomorrow, I want to either run my 2-miler or 3.5 miles, depending on how my knees and back feel.