Waking Up With A Hangover On New Year’s Day And Missing A Scheduled Long Run On First Day Of Dryathlon
Knowing that last night was going to my last time drinking alcohol for a month, I decided to push out the boat a little and ended up drinking too much resulting in a pretty shitty hangover for all of today.
I didn’t feel sick or dehydrated. It was a mental hangover where I just didn’t feel normal.
I was scared to sleep as I kept waking up every few minutes with an electric jolt.
I felt on edge for most of the day. Colours were brighter but in an eerie way. I was light headed. There was less joy in things that I normally love. I kept waiting for something bad to happen without really knowing what it was.
Part of me thought that the girl from The Ring was going to jump out of my closet wielding a pair of curling tongs.
All in all, it was an awful start to the month.
I don’t understand why I even celebrate New Year’s anymore. I don’t believe in it. I’ve always felt lonely on the countdown to midnight. Nothing new begins with it all. It just seems like a silly ritual.
It’s certainly not worth imbibing myself and losing a day for it.
My plan was to go out and do the same 10 mile run that I managed yesterday. It would have been the ideal start to the year, but now I feel I’ve set myself back and for what?
The self pitying ends here.
You make decisions in life and then you fucking get on with things.
No amount of feeling angry at myself will change my shitty attitude today.
From here, I’m determined to do my best for both the Janathon contest and the Dryathlon booze-free event for Cancer Research UK.
I can only progress by putting the setback behind me and doing my best tomorrow.
5 ways alcohol has a negative effect on my running and weight loss efforts.
- There are shit loads of empty calories in alcohol that help make me fatter.
- If I run on the day after I’ve drank then I’ll find it more difficult to sustain a reasonable pace. I then lose confidence in my running.
- When I’m drinking alcohol I quickly become dehydrated. I then mistake my dehydration for hunger and my appetite soars. If I drink a lot of alcohol then I’ll lose all of my discipline. think “Fuck it!” and eat all of the things.
- If I drink a lot on a Saturday evening, then there’s always a chance that I’ll miss my long run altogether. This isn’t acceptable whatsoever.
- My mood will be generally lower throughout the week as a result of the booze. My morale and confidence both dip in subtle ways. I start running slower and jog shorter distances as I lose self belief.
Dryathlon won’t be the cure to all of my running problems, but it is a positive step in the right direction.
The important thing now is to strike back tomorrow and hard.
The real New Year begins on Wednesday with my weigh in.