So I got home from Rome last Wednesday. By the time I went to sleep that night, I had been up for more than 24 hours straight minus about a 15 minute nap on the Rome to London flight.
I tried really, really hard to sleep on the plane from London to Atlanta, but no dice. I just can’t sleep on those trans-anyoceanic flights. I hate that.
Back home, you’d think I’d have slept like a rock that first night back in my own little cozy beddy-bye, totally tuckered out from a busy, long day of travel, right? Nah baby nah. It took like two hours to fall asleep.
The cumulative effects of too many cappuccinos that past week perhaps?
I awakened rather urgently at 2:30 AM to (how can I put this delicately…) visit the bathroom not only for #1. I mean, who does THAT in the middle of the night? Normally, when I get home from one of these trips, I need to down a couple of boxes of prunes…oh, excuse me…dried plums, to get myself back in action.
And you can’t just stumble into the bathroom in the dark for #2. The lights have to go on and clean-up is infinitely more involved. OMG TMI. I was wide awake when I went back to bed. My husband was sleeping like a baby.
Sometimes I can’t stand that man.
I managed to get back into a fitful sleep at best. Asleep, awake, asleep, awake…for the next four hours with some very strange dreams sprinkled in. Something about a friend working in a balcony of St. Peters Basilica overlooking the huge alter canopy by Bernini running sausages and chunks of ham through a vacuum sealer machine to sell for a funder raiser for the Vatican. I’m glad Freud is dead.
Thursday morning, I had a sore throat. Great. Can it get any better? Jet lagged, sleep deprived and now sick.
And less than 48 hours before a 23 mile training run. Yeah – you heard me. 23 miles. My very first 23 mile run. Possibly the timing of my trip could have been a little bit better.
The only thing good about this whole situation was that I didn’t need to go out to buy some prunes…eh…dried plums at all. Things just kept on moving. Gotta look at the positives. Lemonade outta lemons and all that. Weird, totally inappropriate analogy…
Anyway, I threw everything I had in my homeopathic and herbal cold remedy medicine chest at this nasty little cold virus plus drank gallons of water. I even neti potted three times a day.
Then I got up at 4:30 AM on Saturday morning, donned my running regalia and met my group (all 5 of us) for our run. At mile three I was feeling puny and pretty sure I would only last for another six or seven miles. Miraculously, with the help of my friends, I kept on going. It’s totally amazing how much more you can accomplish with the encouragement of a group than if you tried to do it by yourself.
And I did it. Very slowly, but I did it. And lived to tell the tale.
Most distance runners are actually crazy people who, on the surface, seem like normal people. See the picture above. It’s so true. As I told my friend Jodi over at Life In Between, there’s a diagnosis for me somewhere out there.
I promise my next post will be about my trip. Rome was wonderful! The history, the art, the churches, the food, the wine, the people – all amazing and astounding. A thousand plus topics to blog about.
I think I’ll write about Roman toilets and the unnatural lack of toilet seats.
I’m glad to be back!