It’s Wednesday and that means one thing these days: MWMLR (mid-week medium-long run) time! I increased slightly this week (from 18 to 19K) and in some twisted way, I was looking forward to it. Even with the 3:45 wake-up call!*
This week we are enjoying a glorious reprieve from the heat/humidity with a morning temp of 15C (59F). Heaven!
I decided to drive to our local park to take advantage of the quiet, empty paths. It felt a little eerie at first, but I knew hubs was there as well (believe it or not, he had started running an hour before me!) and we ended up seeing each other a couple times. I saw one other runner, but for the most part I had the world to myself! (At least, that’s how it felt.)
There’s some lingering soreness in my legs, but energy-wise I felt fantastic. The kilometres ticked by easily and before I knew it, the sky had started to lighten up as I neared the end of my run.
*I’ve had a lot of comments about the
obscene early hours that I’m running these days.
Looking back, I started running in the morning simply to beat the heat. (The last two years when I was training for September marathons, I did not have to contend with the weather we are having this summer.) I have never been a morning runner previously and always envied Aron and J, among others, claiming that ‘I just can’t get out of bed.’ The truth is, it became routine quite easily and now I don’t want to look back. It’s not about the weather anymore; I love jump-starting my day with a run and not having it hang over my head all day long. I relish my free time in the evenings and although I’m running more than ever, it has not been a struggle whatsoever to fit it all in.
It helps a lot that hubs is running in the mornings as well, so we are both going to bed early. I tucked in at 9:00 last night, earlier than most of the kids on our street. I prefer to get 7-8 hours a night, but I can usually catch up with 8-9 hours on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday night. (Those of you running in early the morning with little ones of your own to look after… I don’t know how you do it!)
Other than adjusting the sleep schedule, I just make sure that everything is laid out the night before so I don’t have to think too much in the morning – no different than I do every weekend for long runs.
I try to run early enough that I have time after the run to refuel, put up my legs and/or take an ice bath as needed (which I did this morning!) rather than rushing around to get ready for work. I hate being in a hurry, so I’m willing to give up 30 minutes of sleep for this.
And that’s about all there is to it! How do you start your days?