Last year you would find me out running 10-12 miles before work at least once a week, and shorter morning runs almost every day. It started as a necessity to beat the heat, but quickly became my favourite time to run for other reasons. Once I got into the routine and adjusted to going to bed before the neighbourhood kids, I loved it. The streets are so quiet and peaceful and I loved watching the sky gradually brighten. And of course, nothing beats the sense of accomplishment or sets you up for a great day like a nice run before most people are awake.
I let these runs fall by the wayside after my last marathon and certainly had no interest in putting in those kind of miles on freezing, snowy winter mornings. For a while I had a good routine of running 10K one morning with the girls, but I haven’t even been sticking to that lately. With evening training/clinic commitments 4 nights out of 5 (and sometimes 5!), I have not been able to get to bed early enough to drag myself out of bed at 4:30. I managed a short ride on the trainer on an occasional morning, but it has been a long time since I’ve clocked a pre-dawn morning run.
This week, I decided that needed to change. Wednesday was a packed day with a mid-day physio appointment (no lunch run opportunity) and the dentist after work followed immediately by masters swim, so morning was truly the only time to run. I figured I migyht as well go all in and make it a medium-long run of 10 miles. Getting myself up and out the door into the cold darkness on my own by 5AM was not the easiest, especially since I am out of practice.
Breakfast #1 and browsing Facebook/Twitter before heading out… Hubs thought I looked funny in my toque and snapped this picture before leaving for work.
Once I got out there and gradually worked out the morning kinks, I felt great and really enjoyed the run. I didn’t have a route planned and just ran all around the neighbourhood streets, adding on loops here and there and not going too far from home. I actually stopped by the house at one ppint for a quick wardrobe change because it had warmed up a lot.
It was so nice to get the run in before work and I rode the high all day long. Now I remember why I always used to do this! I definitely plan to work morning runs back into my routine. In fact, I was out there at 5AM again this morning!