Running on Empty


Today’s Workout: 6 miles @ 59:23

Some days you feel like you have loads of energy, and on others, you’re so exhausted, you wonder how you’re ever going to make it through the day. That’s how I was feeling today. I went to bed at a reasonable hour 12:00 a.m., and then the dogs woke me up at 2:00 a.m. That’s a far cry from my normal 4:00 a.m. wake-up call from them. Anyways, it took me hours before I could fall asleep again!

I was already running late to work this morning because I pressed snooze an extra 15 times, I was so exhausted, so instead of picking up my regular coffee from Dunkin Donuts, I plunked a ZYM in my water bottle and brought it with me.


Today’s flavor? Berry. Now, much like many other electrolyte tablets, this flavor is infused with caffeine. 100 mg of caffeine, to be exact. To give you an idea, that’s approximately the same amount of caffeine as what’s in a Dunkin Donuts medium latte.

I wasn’t aware of this at the time, but this morning, between desperation for caffeine and excitement to try out a new flavor of the tablets, I downed that water bottle like it was my job.

I was perky and alert in no time. To be honest, if it weren’t for that pretty little tablet, I’m not quite sure I could have made it through the day. I was literally contemplating calling in sick this morning…that’s how bad it was. I think the only reason why I didn’t was because I go by the philosophy of “if you stay home sick, you can’t do anything.” Not even run. And I wanted to run today, so that meant I had to book it into work.

Now, regarding the taste of the Berry flavored ZYM. It definitely tasted Berry flavored, but if I’m being honest, there was a little hint of a bitter flavor within it. I didn’t mind it, and if I was running while drinking it, I probably wouldn’t even notice it…but I did. This tablet is, of course, filled with electrolytes and a bunch of other vitamins, like B3, B5, B6, B12, and some C thrown in there for good measure, so my guess would be that that’s why it was a little bitter. Now, I did enjoy the Berry flavor, but if you asked me whether I’d choose orange and Berry, I know I’d go for the orange, which I think is exceptionally good…which is why that’s the flavor I chose for my run this evening.

Regarding my run…nothing was going to make me alert. I was exhausted when in started running, and knew before I ever stepped on the treadmill that it would be a mental challenge. But, because this blog keeps me accountable, I told myself to do what Nike says and “Just Do It.” And so I did it, and completed my scheduled 6-mile run. Go me!

What do you do to make sure you get your run in on those super exhausting days?

Coffee, tea, or other caffeinated beverage? What’s your go to drink that keeps you up when you’re tired?


8 thoughts on “Running on Empty

  1. Jessica @ RunYourMuttOff

    Oh, man, I feel ya girl! I went to bed at 10 but played on my phone till past 11. Then, I got a doggie wake-up around 4:30, then again at 5, and again at 5:30, all much earlier than the regular 6AM. None of that sounds as bad as your schedule, but it was bad enough that I was dragging today!
    What gets me running? I usually bribe myself – can’t have dinner and watch TV/cuddle the mutts till the run is done.

  2. emmelineruns

    Coffee but never more than 1 cup. I never understood people like my mom who drink 4 or 5 cups every day. Usually an early morning coffee perks me up enough that I can’t wait to get out and run. If that fails, I bargain with myself for a few hours until I eventually suck it up and go 😉

  3. Marie @ Buncha Monkeys

    You ran 6 miles on the treadmill in almost the same exact time I ran 5 miles! You rock! I love coffee. Especially since we got a Keurig. It’s way too much fun.

    1. 262x2 Post author

      Last night when I was cooling down I was thinking about how when I first got my treadmill 4 years ago I was running 4 mph, and now I’m doing 6 mph. Maybe if I stay with it long enough I’ll get to 8 mph. 🙂

  4. willrunforpizza

    I feel ya! I AM typically a night owl and go to bed around midnight and then the alarm goes off at 5:15. I hit snooze until 5:45…But lately, I go to bed and midnight, and I LAY THERE FOOOORRRREEEVVVEEERRR just wide awake and thoughts racing! UGH! I’m about to start taking some melatonin or a glass of wine or SOMETHING! And here I sit again, 12:30, wide awake, reading blogs, and I have my alarm set for 6:30 because I REALLY want to finally start running with the run club at…EIGHT AM!

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