As usual, life has flown by at a remarkable pace. I think kids do that to you.
Anyway, I made a valiant attempt this week to get up at 4:15am both on Tuesday and Thursday to get in a run. I learned a couple of things during those attempts:
- I absolutely HAVE to sleep in my running clothes to get out on a run. If I’m not in them, I make every excuse imaginable to get back into bed. If I AM in them, I feel stupid getting out of them when I haven’t used them. Dumb, perhaps. Effective, definitely.
- 4:15 is a wicked, wicked time of the day.
- I don’t care how much sleep I got, my legs are absolute cement that early in the morning.
- I’m worthless at work after about noon on such an early morning. Of course, I’m worthless at work after about 1pm on any other given day, so there’s that.
I did manage to get up both mornings for a run. On Tuesday, I got in a 4 mile jaunt, which made me quite proud. It was simply an easy run – no speed work, no hill work. Just running around the neighborhood. I managed to squeak out a time that was JUST BARELY under 14:00/mile, which made me even more pleased. Yesterday, I just did a little over 2.25 miles and I did some hill work. Nothing quite as intense as I had been doing prior to the last half-marathon, but enough to get me back into doing said hill work. Its been well over a month since I pounded my feet up and down those hills, so it felt good and tiring all at the same time. I eeked out just around 14:00/mile yesterday, which isn’t spectacular, but it wasn’t horrifying either considering how slowly I was probably crawling up those hills.
My goal is to give this 4:15am thing a go for a month – it’s just getting too hot to run in the evenings anymore, and I definitely want to find a way to get good quality training runs in. I’m thinking this is the way to do it. I’m going to attempt at least one 4:15am run each week, and just see if I can get accostomed to the time – maybe by August I’ll be used to the early mornings and I’ll manage to get in some really great strides!