Normally I like to work out before I go to work. Normally I want to beat my cell phone to death when the alarm goes off in the morning. I'm always "happy" (or at least my anger has subsided to the point where no one is at risk) once I'm in the workout, but I'm totally groggy, out of it, and pissed off to be awake for a while until I get to that point.
So since I feel like this every morning, it's tough to know when it's actually time to turn the alarm off and get the extra sleep. Do I just want extra sleep because I love sleep almost as much as a family member? Or does my body actually require it to function on this particular day?
My alarm went off this morning for my 1000 meter swim that I've committed to once a week to train for my triathlon. As I got up and could barely remember what my toothbrush was for through my sleepy haze, I realized I was getting up to rush to the pool, swim, rush to work, rush home to get my bike on the bike rack, bike, and then we are running tonight after we bike to try a brick workout, then I'd be rushing home so I could wake up early tomorrow for more exercise. Ok, ENOUGH.
On a normal Monday, I'm fine with that schedule, especially since the bike club is a social thing as well as for exercise, but this weekend was crazy. Literally running took up my whole day on Saturday, and I was gone for my run from 5:30 am to 6pm. Sunday I woke up, ran for two hours, and then was gone from 10am to 9pm celebrating Mother's Day. Don't get me wrong, I had a fantastic weekend and loved how I spent it, but I'm also the kind of person that needs down time at home to recharge, and last week has seriously lacked that. This week is pretty much in the same boat.
So the point is, for today, the hour of sleep was more beneficial than the half hour of swimming I lost. It's such a slippery slope though, because if I start turning off the alarm every time I feel tired, I'll never work out. And of course, those of us crazy people in the blog world get that wonderful exercise guilt every time we skip a workout, although I have to say I am really not feeling that much this morning.
Amanda asked about my camelbak. I got it so long ago that I honestly don't remember what type it is, but I think it holds 1.5L (although I don't really know) and I remember I bought that one because it supposedly kept the water cooler for longer with the insulation or something. Wow I'm a really helpful blogger.
Here's a closer picture of it.
How do you decide when you are really too tired to work out? Do you get exercise guilt?