This was the week where I realized that longer distance running is not compatible with my new job responsibilities. I have just about doubled the amount of time I spend at my main job due to my added administrative responsibilities while I try to get up to speed. These new responsibilities have also impacted my sleep patterns. I have begun waking up in the middle of the night in a panic dreaming of to-do lists. I suspect that as I become more comfortable in the position both the waking and sleeping time commitments will ease. For now however, the sleep deprivation plus stress has given me a cold.
I was able to get in a few of my runs this week but nothing close to what I had planned. Most of my exercise these days is happening between about 11 PM and midnight just to get something in. Given my work, night school, biotech & coming grant review commitments I am not sure that I will even go to the half marathon next weekend. All of my professional commitments come first and I need those hours. For example, when I agreed to attend a grant review session at the end of the month (cool stuff as these proposals are related to Gulf War illnesses), I thought that I would be reviewing two to three 50 page proposals. In actuality, I have eight which showed up this past week that I need to read and write critiques for, in addition to my normal work by the 26th of September. I have certainly found my personal limit for the amount of ways my day can be divided.
Workouts that happened this week: 7 mile run; 3.5 mile run with 1 mile at 6% grade; Four 30 minute yoga sessions. Nutrition was at maintenance this week. I averaged 2097 calories a day with 36% Protein, 25% Fat, and 39% Carbohydrate. No major changes in weight (126.6) or body fat (19.4%) at my weekly weigh-in.
Plan for the next week
Fitness: Back to basic by the book Body For Life. This should get me back on a fast AM workout schedule.
Nutrition: Shooting for maintenance at about 2000 calories a day (perhaps less given the planned decrease in running hours) with my usual 40:40:20 to 40:30:30 ratios for most meals.