Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Running in the morning?

During the week I am an afternoon runner. Ideally, I'd run in the early evening, outside, but that doesn't happen. So, I run in the afternoon, on the treadmill. And I'm fine with that. It works.

Today, though, I shook things up. Like some sort of efficient running person.

I ran in the morning.

Intervals, no less.

Yup. That was me, sipping a quick pre-run smoothie, going straight from robe to running gear, warming up and then dropping down to run speedy intervals.

I wasn't sure how it was going to work out -- I hadn't even had a cup of coffee! -- but it worked out well. I ran a nice and easy mile or so and then ran one of my favorite speed workouts.

14  x 2 minute repeats that looked like this:

  • 30 seconds @ 6:48 pace
  • 60 seconds slow
  • 30 seconds speeding back up to pace

I cooled down for a half mile or so and basked in my success.

But not for too long because I had to hurry up and get clean and dressed before our first playdate of the day arrived. I know, tough life. Hey, it's vacation week and my boys have a busy social schedule -- keeps them active and that keeps me happy.

Let me tell you: Getting a good, slightly tough workout in before starting the day was quite the feeling. I usually don't have that feeling until the weekends when I often run in the morning. So today it was a nice treat. I may have to try this more often!

Do you run in the morning? 
What workouts do you prefer to do in the morning rather than later in the day?

Thanks for stopping by!


J said...

LOOOOVe morning running! It is hard to do speed work in the AM but I always feel so good when i get a run in before work. Just makes the day go better. Plus often when I leave my workouts to the evening, I have a harder time fitting them in.

Alyssa Duhe said...

I love doing all my workouts in the morning. If I don't I am kinda in trouble when it comes to motivation. Plus then I feel good while sitting all day at work.

Amy Lauren said...

I always have my best workouts in the morning. It gives me energy for the rest of the day and it feels good to have your workout out of the way. Plus, if you know certain foods don't "agree" with you when running, if you already have your workout done that morning, you don't really have to worry about those foods that day, you can just eat them (at least this is how it is with me and things like dairy). Glad you enjoyed it and great job on the intervals!

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Lisa said...

Mornings all the way. In fact, if it doesn't happen in the morning there is a 95% chance it won't happen at all. Great pace for you!

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