When I first started training for marathons I used to get in a lot of mileage early in the morning while the rest of my family was asleep. Usually I was able to go and get back home before anyone was awake.
That changed when my second daughter was born a couple years ago. Having a new baby made it easier to get in my mileage after work. The reason for this is that I found it tougher to get up at 5:00 or 5:30 to get my run in early.
This past Sunday and this morning I managed to fit in early morning runs again. The benefit of this is that it gives me another time of day to try and fit in a scheduled run.
Although it is tough to get in the habit of going to bed early enough for a run that early in the morning the benefit is that my run is out of the way early in the day. The result is that it has less of an impact on the rest of my day. There is also less traffic on the streets to worry about at that time of day.
Here was the scene this morning as I was nearing the end of my run…
What time of day do you prefer to run?
As mentioned yesterday, my plan was to run early in the morning this week in order to deal with the heat wave we are experiencing here.
So far I am sticking to the plan. This morning my alarm went off at 5:00 and I was out the door around 5:15. I planned on doing about 10 km and ended up with just over 8 km in 41 minutes.
The decision to run also brought some added benefits that I had not initially counted on – more time to spend with my daughter, more time to have breakfast, more time to make lunch for the day and being able to get out the door on time without having to rush.
Since it was my first early morning run in a long time it was not easy to get up at first and I was tempted to stay in bed but now that I have completed my first early morning run of the week the rest should come easier.
I am not sure whether I will try and fit in any longer runs or any tempo runs the rest of the week, that will depend on the conditions and how I feel. One thing is for sure, with an anticipated high of 37 C or 98 Fahrenheit Thursday I will definitely be taking it easy for that run.