Saturday, May 23, 2009

The routine to introduce myself back to morning running

I've been sticking to after-work running on weekdays all winter and so far this spring but now I'm trying to get used to the pain associated with my ringing alarm bell at 5 a.m. or earlier. Ugh, I hate hate hate the first part of early morning running because my early mornings are very early.

Last few years, I'd embark on 10 to 12 milers at 5 a.m., which means a 4:30 a.m. wakeup call to deal with waking up properly and hitting the washroom. (Sorry, must be a more delicate way of saying that)

The bonus of the morning workout is that after the first mile or so, you start to enjoy it and as a plus, if the sun happens to be rising at the same time, you're treated to a gorgeous view. I also love to have the run over with so I have my evenings free and finally, the most important, the mornings are cooler than evenings, key for summer training.

Here's a few things I've learned about morning running

-Lay out clothes: I always prep my shorts, top, socks so there's no fumbling

-Charge the Garmin, iPod: If you have a GPS, nothing more annoying than standing around at 4:45 a.m. hoping to charge it up a few percentage points. Also good idea to check the iPod too

-Eat earlier dinner the night before: I find my digestive system works better if I can get through issues when I wake up. The biggest annoyance is teaching your body that it's time to get moving early

-Get fuel ready the night before: I fill my bottles and stick them in the fridge so they're nice and frosty

-Figure out hte game plan: Remember what your mileage was... 8 miles with striders or a 7 mile tempo. You'll have to psyche yourself up.

-Warm up! You muscles are not warmed so start off the run slowly.. key especially if you're doing any thing close to speed work

-Stay close to home the first mile: I'm telling you, sometimes after the first kilometere, i'll feel like I'll have to go to the bathroom, so sometimes I start my run with a quick 500 metres out one way and turn around so by the 1K mark, I'm near home...


Marky Mark said...

I like early morning runs but not THAT early. I suppose I only do long runs on the weekend where I'm not in as much of a rush to get to work. You are very disciplined, which is a good thing.

mike w said...

I just can't do that.

Even this morning, before work, I was like "I should run an easy 5k to get there instead of the TTC" but then just as quickly thought "Nevermind that, let's get a pain au chocolat."

That and I always run better at night.