You may not remember my post from a long while back about why I run in the evenings. Nothing has really changed since then. I still don’t sleep well, I still have more energy in the evenings and I still enjoy letting go of my workday stress with an evening run.
But this week I did an experiment of sorts. I went running at 6.30 in the morning. Twice!
I know! It’s crazy right? A staunch ‘I’m an evening runner’ turns into a morning runner? For no reason?
Well actually, I have a few reasons I’m trying to get some morning runs in.
1. For the discipline. Maybe you’ve guessed this about me but I like being disciplined and exerting my will power. So this just seemed like a natural step.
2. To get it out of the way. Especially now that winter is coming. Personally I don’t like winter at all. The lack of sunlight and the long, cold, dark nights (while providing the perfect cover) really depress me and running in the morning before work means I can slink home after work and hide from the dark. I think I’ll be a lot happier that way. So again, it makes perfect sense.
3. To avoid people. It’s quite nice running on footpaths that aren’t full of pedestrians, cyclists and tourists; you get a long clear stretch ahead of you with no obstacles and you can really focus on your running. Also, those roving gangs of kids with nothing better to do than taunt passersby are all still in bed. Bonus!
Getting up in the morning isn’t easy, especially when it’s all my decision and there’s no urgency to get up at all. I’ve had to rely on some tips from my fellow runners on twitter; things like remembering that I’ll never regret a run, or that the moment I think ‘5 more minutes’ is the moment it all hinges on, or how it helps to have all my gear ready beside the bed. Stuff like that is all helpful so I’m feeling pretty confident about my winter running plan!
My goal is to run in the mornings at least twice a week, and get an evening run in once a week. I have a number of races coming up I need to train for so now that I’m not injured anymore, I have got to step up the training! I’m not at all ready for my 5 mile race next week so I’ll have to walk/run it. But the November race I’ve signed up for, I really need to push myself to get ready for it. More on that in another blog post!
Are you a morning or evening runner? How do you get yourself out the door, whatever time you run at? I’d love to know so feel free to leave a comment below 😀