The Early Runner Gets the Sprinkler

While my tagline for this blog is “wake up, lace up, show up”, for me this mostly applies to race day.   I truly believe that a big part of being successful in anything is making the effort to just be there.  When the alarm goes off early in the morning on race day, wake up, lace up, show up has been my mantra.  Basically – just get yourself out the door and you’ll be fine.

However, this has not been my mantra for training.  I train whenever I can get it in.  I’ve assumed that as long as I get the run in at some point, I’ll be fine.  I am usually up late studying or getting my stuff/my kids stuff ready for the next day until 11:00 pm or midnight, occasionally 1:00 am these days.  I need to be up by at least 6:00 or 6:30 to get ready for my day.  The few times I’ve tried to get up early to run, I’m just too dog tired or don’t feel like it.  I also have this nagging feeling that I’ll be too sluggish to really put in a good effort and I’ll just dial in the workout instead of giving it everything I’ve got as I do with my evening or lunchtime runs.

That said, I’ve had some issues come up that have been problematic with my evening runs and the blaring facts point to switching to morning running.  So here’s the situation with the evening runs…

  1. Trouble sleeping: I’m having trouble with insomnia lately.  Just can’t fall asleep.  It’s hard to calm down by 11:00 when I may have just come home from a 45 minute run at 10:00 pm.
  2. Scheduling: Additional evening activities (golf/kayaking/kids lacrosse) are taking away from my running time so I run either super late or move my workout or scramble to finish homework at the last minute on Sunday or all of the above.
  3. Weather: It’s getting hotter.  Even in Minnesota.  My runs this weekend were brutally difficult, made worse by the blaring sun, even in the evening hours.

All of this smacked me in the face yesterday afternoon.  I looked at my husband and said “I have to start running in the mornings”.  To which he said “Good luck”.  I told him I wasn’t sure how I was going to do it and proceeded to whine and complain about waking up early.  He said “Just do it.  Put out your stuff the night before and go before your brain even registers you’re outside.”  I figured this is all easy enough for Mr.Snooze-55-times to say but whatever, maybe it’s worth trying.

My alarm this morning went off at 5:30 am.  I didn’t hit snooze.  I got up, got a drink of water.  I wanted to go back to bed but I didn’t.  I put my stuff out and went outside.  I have to say, I felt great.  It was one of my best runs I’ve had this month.  It was another speed interval workout and I was able to hit all of the intervals without issue.  The sun was just coming up and the air was cool.  As an added bonus toward the end of the run when things started to heat up, I got an unanticipated treat – sprinklers!  Getting a nice mist when you’re pouring sweat is a pretty sweet little bonus.

I was home in time to get in a half a banana and a protein shake before my shower.  I also have the luxury of knowing that this evening I have golf lessons with my boys, then some homework and plenty of time to relax with the hubs.  No 15 minutes changing, half hour running, 15 minute shower and recover.  I actually kind of hate how well this went because it means I probably need to make the effort to get out there early on a more regular basis. 🙂  Operation wake up, lace up, show up continues this week.  Stay tuned!

6-23 run

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10 thoughts on “The Early Runner Gets the Sprinkler

  1. I used to suffer with insomnia after workouts. I start using ZMA and have not had issues since. Even after workouts that really destroyed me. It is basically zinc and magnesium which help the muscles relax. It’s not like some weird sleep pill but also has the calming effect which really helps both my girlfriend and myself sleep after exercise. Might be worth a try on the nights you have to workout late.

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  2. As someone who aspires to be a morning runner, I admire your efforts! I did an 8:30 a.m. group run on Sunday and that was challenging enough! Do you find you’re okay going out on an empty stomach for your morning runs or do you need to get up early enough to have a bit to eat before you go?

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    • That is actually a fantastic question. Another reason I wanted to try morning running is the benefits of fasted hiit cardio. There has been some research done to suggest it could be beneficial to weight loss and I have a little extra pudge that could go. 🙂 I’m doing the hiit with my intervals already so it seemed to make sense to just move it to the morning, before breakfast. I usually feel terrible running on an empty stomach but I was okay yesterday. I think it may have been because I was out the door quickly before my body could realize I didn’t eat. Started to feel a little hungry at about mile 2 but was fine otherwise.

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  3. It is hard to fit runs in with kids. I usually run on the treadmill at 11p which is basically asking for problems the next day. Hence coffee being one of my best of friends. Great post!

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