The Graveyard Shift

Let’s begin with the update. I’ve been in kiwi land for 5 months now and after doing quite a long spell as a WFA (woofer) which stands for Work For Accommodation, I finally succeeded in getting a full time job, all be it in the very hostel I was residing in and following the traditional path of past applicants for the role. By that I mean I was a traveller who was a WFA who had a birthday and then shortly after began the 8 hours of mindless boredom that is the graveyard shift.

However a graveyard shift as the name implies does not describe the role in an accurate way. After all it’s a hostel, so there is plenty of travellers who require special attention once they’ve returned from the bars of the city or just need special attention full stop. It still amazes me how the majority managed to make it this far.

There are still people to check in, floats to balance, reports to check, fill out and print, checkouts and house keeping lists to prepare, banking, cashing, rolling over the system, the role is if anything more of a relaxed walk in a park on a Sunday afternoon rather than tedious boredom.

However this post is not to inform you of the requirements of the job, I’m not that bored that I feel it necessary to give you my job description, no the real reason is the issue with sleep. It’s not for the lack of it, or getting to the land of nod but more the issue of when to start counting those many sheep over the fence.

Let’s explain my normal sleep pattern. I would normally go to bed around 11pm or midnight, thus waking at 8am the following morning. Do a days work and relax in the evening. However in my new role as night reception, I find myself retiring at 8am shortly after I finish and waking at 5 or 6 pm, leaving 5 hours to kill before the 8 hours of work which begins at 11 pm.

My point is that if this was a normally job, I’d never go to bed at 8 in the evening, so am I doing it right, or should I remain awake until midday? In other words should I carry on as normal but just reverse the day and night.

Oh well off to bed.


We all need it. That is why we sleep. But it can all be a bit boring.

For those who read the wonderful post yesterday from my legs then you may be able to guess what this short post is about. I need to rest before my race on Sunday. I somewhat over did the running and speed work this week after having a little unwelcome break from my running due to work commitments and the sudden lost in faith that led to me not being bothered and losing any kind of motivation to get out and run.

Like a novice I dived back in with both feet and ran up the miles. I ignored the screams and pleads from my legs to stop and carried on. While my legs do not feel heavy they have a touch of the DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) So with this I said that Friday and Saturday will be rest. Plenty of carbs and protein and feet up. The truth of the matter is, I want to run.

This sitting about lark is a tad boring. I would like to go and walk or run even cycle but I fear any extra stress or pressure I put on the tired legs will result in failure on Sunday. Speaking of which I am still undecided if to run a PB or just run the course. I know deep down that my mind is attracted to a new PB as I am looking at the Pace I will need to obtain a Sub 1:35, and that is after all why I have legs up resting. If I was to just run and practice my marathon pace, taking on gels etc then I would not be to concerned with the state of my legs. If anything it would be good practice to see how I cope with tired legs. After all come Mile 20 that is how they will feel.

But resting is what I am doing. Gentle exercise on the foam rollers and the Stick to ease knots. Wearing my compression clothing to help freshen my legs. Eating the right food, and drink the right liquid all to ensure my legs are fresh and ready for Sunday.

Oh well. Off to eat some more seeds and nuts and rest up some more. I might just go for a gentle stroll round town to get the blood flowing to help the repair.


No not my driving test! Today I needed to be at the theatre for a 9am start to over see my rig going up and see the set being erected in time for a nice focus session. Now I managed to get here at 9 or just after, that wasn’t where I failed. No where it all went wrong is that I had set the alarm for 6am enabling me to go for a run. As the title suggests I didn’t, instead a returned to bed to sleep for another hour. I put it down to making sure my quad is rested and not that I went to bad after midnight due to being engrossed in a book all about… You guessed it ‘Running’ a review to follow soon.

Oh well I will try tomorrow and maybe have a run tonight when I get back in. Due to my injury I also failed to run the 30 miles I set myself last week.