So today I did something totally out-of-character – I ran at 6am.
And I loved it.
I somehow got myself out of our cozy, warm, bed to throw on my running clothes, fire up the Garmin (welcome back old friend!) and set out for 5 wonderful, beautiful, amazing miles.
Seriously, I’m not joking when I say I could get used to this. It’s 10:52am and I’m completely done with my run for the day. This is incredible. And I didn’t even have to shower at the gym.
The weather was perfect, the sunrise was in full effect, the bay breeze was just enough, and it was a peaceful, perfect run.
One of the main reasons I absolutely despise morning running (aside from the obvious of waking up at an ungodly hour) is running in the dark. I’m sorry to those of you that like it, but I just don’t find it enjoyable. I don’t like not being able to see where I’m going, and I sure as hell don’t like not being able to see what’s happening around me. The only time I actually enjoy running outdoors is in the early morning (which is ironic since I apparently hate running before work) when the city is just waking up, and the tourists on their death-mobiles (bikes) are minimal. Every other runner gives you a “good morning” or a nod of acknowledgement, and even the bikers are nice (which in my experience, is a rare, rare occasion!)
I swear, I could get used to this.
I know there are all types of studies that completely contradict each other – running in the morning is better because you’re fresh and you can focus completely on your run, or running in the evening is better because you’re well fueled and hydrated throughout the day. I think it’s best to just determine when your internal body clock is most productive, and stick with that time. For me – I’ve always been a lunchtime or evening exerciser because it’s a routine, and a habit I can stick to. I have to go directly after work, because once I’m home and relaxing, I get tired, and once that hits, there’s no way I’m going to get a run-in. But after this morning’s run, and with the lighter mornings… it might be time to change that up. Are you a morning or evening exerciser?
The reason for incredibly early run was because I had a plane to catch and figured if I’m going to be sitting for the next 5.5 hours, I may as well have done something active for myself this morning.
We are headed to Boston, and it just didn’t feel right arriving there, without at least a few miles under my belt this morning. (Edited to add: this post should have gone up while I was flying the friendly Virgin America skies but genius forgot to upload the pictures first. Oops.)
My splits were surprisingly speedy for not having eaten in 12 hours, and not having had my beloved caffeine. I also very obviously went out far too fast and had to slow down the last mile or so, but I’ll still take it. Garmin, it’s good to have you back on board.
And speaking of active and speaking of my new-found interest in trail running, I ran the 4 miles of the Tennessee Valley trail yesterday and ohmygod I want to do this every single day. Aron, I’m talking to you, can we please trail run together?!
With that it’s time to go find some fresh chowdah and lobstah rolls – when in Boston afterall!