Morning runs are a feeling that I had forgotten about – I’ve gotten so used to evening runs where my tummy is full from eating all day, and I’ve got plenty of calories to burn. In the morning, I’ve gone 8 or so hours without eating, and I’ve had just one meal prior to my run (I can’t run on an empty stomach – I pass out). I definitely can feel the difference when I have had fewer calories as I run. Still, I realize that if I’m going to do the PDR, I need to get used to running in the mornings again. I don’t know if I’ll be running the PDR this year or next, but in either case, morning runs are necessity to make sure that I’m not thrown a curve ball when I start the race.
All that said, I did pretty well. I ran about 35 minutes and put in about 2.6 miles. Slower than my usual (I normally put in about 2.75 – 2.9 miles in 35 minutes), but I do believe I pulled a muscle last weekend doing gardening of all things (hey – YOU spend that much time squatting and see how YOUR muscles like it!), and it has finally gotten to the point where it doesn’t hurt constantly. So, I feel like my runs will speed up again once I’m not subconsciously trying to protect the muscle. In the end, I’m proud of myself for not saying, “Well, I injured myself, so let me sit on the couch for two weeks and recover.” Instead, I got out there and ran on it, just carefully. That’s progress in my book!!