I rarely wake-up early to do run. Truthfully, I’m not much of a morning person and I’d rather wait for it to warm up so I’m not shivering through the entire run. I make early morning runs an exception under the following scenario:
- A busy day: It’s the morning or never.
- Long runs: I’ll get up early for long runs, especially for marathon training, because putting off a long run throw a wrench in the entire day.
- Running with friends: If my buddy insists on running early, I’ll probably get up.
- Summer: Gotta run early in the summer for the exact opposite reason I wait to run until the afternoon during winter!
- Race: Well, then I have no choice. 🙂
Today was scenario #1. It was frosty out at 7:30 AM, but once I started to go, I was happy to be out there!
My plan called for 5.0 miles, and 5.0 miles was exactly what I ran! I finished in 49:50, which puts me right on pace for a leisurely training run. My leg muscles felt pretty sore and tight until Mile 2.0 or so – it takes me longer to loosen up in the winter – but then I was fine.
Pre-run toast and coffee:
Post run: a big bowl of oatmeal, which included 3/4 cup oats, 3/4 cup water, 3/4 cup almond milk, 1 banana, chia seeds, and sugar on top. I actually ended up eating this in the car as we drove to the clinic to see patients.
Then, I got my secretary face on. Patients love Saturday hours!
We’re going to rustle up lunch, and the Husband says he has a surprise planned. I wonder what it could be? He warned it was ‘athletic.’ I’m hoping we’re going on hike – that would be so fun!
Question of the day: What do you eat before you run early in the morning? It’s hard to find something that I can quickly digest but will also fuel me through a longer run! Toast with butter is always my fallback but I’m not sure it’s the ideal fuel (no protein).
Good for you for getting your 5-miler in early! I still haven’t perfected my pre-run meal yet. Everything usually gives me a stomach ache or cramps . Trial and error, though! Have a great day!