I have never been the kind of person who could routinely get into the habit of getting up about 4:30 or 5:00 to do anything. I have done it sporadically for this and that throughout the last couple of years but not this consistent. (In fact, this only started because this summer the heat was so unbearable in the evenings that morning was the only option. After all it was still 100 degress at 10 pm and would cool down to a whopping 85 by morning if you were lucky!) I think once my body got used to it, everything kind of fell into place but until then for about a month, I was really tired by about 3. Now, if I sleep past 8 on my rest days, I feel like I am dragging all day long. I think I am more tired on those days then the ones when I get up before the sun, run 10 miles, and get back by 7. How crazy is that? But it is true! I just seem to have so much more energy.
The other thing I have come to love about the early morning workout is that I am done by the time breakfast rolls around. I don't have to feel guilty about time away from the family - especially when they are unconscious all warm and snuggly! The evenings are still our family time, I can make dinner and not be rushed. Here is a great article I read that lays out some more benefits of exercising in the morning.
On another note...got all my runs in this week, had no IT band issues, and lost 3 pounds! It has been a great week all the way around.
|Day 2 of Couch to 5K|
|3 pounds gone!|
So for this week, the plan calls for:
Tuesday: 4 miles
Wednesday: 5 miles
Thursday: 6 miles
Saturday: 16 miles on trails
Sunday: 10 miles
I am working hard and staying with the plan for the 30 miler. I think I might be able to just pull this one off, but I have to get a few more long runs in on the trails before I feel too confident. It is all starting to come together for me though mentally and sometimes I think that is the hardest part.