I am normally an evening runner, but due to my schedule, I dragged my butt out of bed yesterday morning and ran 8 miles before work. And guess what? I kinda liked it.
The alarm went off at 5:30. After eating some oatmeal and half a banana, I was out the door at 6. I saw some people walking/running/biking, which made me feel a little more comfortable. But I was definitely very aware of my surroundings, and I was mentally prepared to kick some guy in the balls and scream Bloody Mary if necessary.
Thankfully, it wasn’t necessary.
I listened to my iPod the entire run, but I had it at a pretty low volume and only in one ear for the first 4 miles. I wanted to be aware of what was going on around me and not zoned out. After mile 4 when it was pretty light and there were lots of non-creeps out, I put in my other bud and cranked up the volume. It immediately felt good not to hear my heavy breathing.
It was a tough, labored run. I was a little discouraged at first and was cranky that my pace felt so difficult. Then I reminded myself that it was supposed to be hard. It was supposed to be uncomfortable. That’s the whole point of a tempo run! My schedule called for five miles at mid tempo pace. I was a little slower on some of these miles (8:46, 8:44, 8:46, 8:58, 8:37), but it was the best I could do that day. The entire run took 1:11 and some change.
I don’t think I’ll ever totally convert to be a morning runner, but I do see some great benefits in it. For one, it’s nice to have your run done before work. Second, I had all day to stretch my legs and recover. I sit at a desk at work, but I do make frequent trips to the restroom and water jug (direct correlation between the two). When I run at night, I only have a few hours to move my legs before I go to sleep. Lastly, it makes me commit to the run. If I drag my butt out of bed at 5:30 a.m., you better believe I’m getting that run done.
Happy Friday! I have a 17 miler on my schedule for tomorrow.
71 days until Vancouver!