Me & mornings…not so much. If you ask me, it’s no coincidence that “morning” and “mourning” are only one letter apart! This POST from Runner’s Rambles is totally up my alley!
I am not a morning person. I sometimes try to pretend that I am, but really I just am not. I love sleeping and I am just naturally cranky in the morning.
So imagine my surprise when last week I scored two morning runs!
Since I didn’t run Monday night, I figured I would try to get in an EARLY AM run. The hubs was coming home that night and I knew we would be hanging out and playing catch-up. I usually arrive at work by 6:30 am, so I tried to count the time backwards for me to get in a quick 2-miler, shower, and then ready for work. I set my alarm clock for 4:50 AM…the hubs’ alarm clock for 4:55 AM, and my phone alarm for 5:00 AM. I’m really not a morning person! I actually got up on the first alarm and then stumbled around for 30 minutes trying to just wake up. I took a peek outside and it was pretty dark! I took a quick look at the weather and was SHOCKED that it was so warm at 5:25 am!! I set out and about in the neighborhood and actually felt pretty good! Minus the sweat-fest for being so early, I ran my 2 miles in 18:30 (average of 9:13/mile pace).
I actually had Friday off from work – so I took the opportunity to grab another morning run. It’s been so dang hot outside – the heat index over 100* each day that afternoon running makes me a lil’ crazy! Woke up a lil’ after 6:30 and laid in bed until around 7:00. I did the elliptical workout on Wednesday and Thursday so I thought I’d catch-up on a nice 4-miler. Again with the heat wave so early, but at least I was well hydrated from the night before and my legs were itching to get going! I actually felt pretty good – ended with a 9:07/mile pace. Mile 1: 8:45, Mile 2: 9:06, Mile 3: 9:42, Mile 4: 8:56.
Missing in Action:
The real disappointment from this week was that I didn’t get in my planned long run – which was to be 8 miles. I had a lot on my plate for Saturday, including lots of driving/traveling. So I thought I would get the run in on Sunday morning. But turns out that life had other plans for me on Sunday! I did get out for ~4 miles (walk/jog)…so I will just have to attempt my 8 miler next weekend!
Are you a morning person/runner?