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Bernie Boettcher June 27, 2012 TWEET COMMENTS 1

The Night Shift: Work all day, run - when?

So I found myself in the awkward position of being flat broke and it was really interfering with my race plans.
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So I found myself in the awkward position of being flat broke and it was really interfering with my race plans. I was hoping to race in Hawaii, but my wallet was flatter than a GU pack steamrolled by a sumo wrestler.

That’s when someone, I think it was my wife, suggested I get a third job. Well, one thing led to another and before I knew it, I was working/commuting for 10 to 14 hours a day, which left me with the big question, “When do I run?”

There wasn’t enough time on my lunch break, and I was too exhausted and hungry after a hard day’s labor, so I decided to get up at 3 a.m. and run the night shift. That gave me nearly two hours, as I had to be back by 5 to begin the work day.

The first time my alarm went off at 3 a.m. was a shock to my system. But I had filled a Thermos with coffee the night before, so I slugged it down, checked the outdoor temperature, dressed appropriately, and was out running in 15 minutes. What a rush!

I felt so alive, so primal ... so cold, so stupid for running into a boulder and hitting a tree. But after a couple of weeks of the routine, my night vision (and my memory) started to improve.
I read that eating carrots every day for 30 days could improve your night vision by 10 percent, so I did that. (Another good way to improve your night sight is to buy a headlamp. Your choice.)



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