Around this time of year, I start back with morning running. I don’t typically like to run in the morning unless the “sunrise chart” says that the sun is rising at <5:30am. We’re aaaalmost there( 6:10am-I actually stalk the sunrise sunset times on a daily basis. #weirdo)
Thursday morning, Kristina and I ran early( 5:15 to be exact). My school day starts at 7:00 (and there is no way I can just show up whenever I please-but I sometimes wish I had one of those jobs) So we were under the gun to finish by 6:15 am.
(beautiful sunrise we got to see.. When it comes to running and seeing gorgeous views, sunrises are definitely better than sunsets.
7 miles total in an hour..
Two of those were extreme hill style (just the way I like it) , run and done in an hour, 8:34 average pace. Excellent! I didn’t realize how well we did until Kristina told me. I’m pretty happy with this run bc I was nauseated and rungry.
I love the feeling of morning running. For me, it is a very powerful feeling to have one of my favorite parts of my day all wrapped up before the sun completely rises. I literally feel on top of the world- It absolutely energizes me! I was even back in time to give my husband a goodbye kiss…Somehow the day just gets off on the wrong foot if I don’t do that! 🙂
I’m going to try to keep this up..When I get home from work I feel like I’ve been given the gift of time. Literally,the hardest part is starting to be a morning runner: the very first day is the most painful to get out of bed. But by day two, I find myself leaping out of bed wide eyed and with pep in my step. The hardest part is the first day, I promise you.
My tips for running early in the morning…
1.) Make a date with a friend. No matter how hard it is climbing out of bed-You will know that SOMEONE is counting on you to meet them on the streetcorner. You would feel TERRIBLE standing them up. (sidenote: i was so excited/nervous that I would sleep through my alarm and forget to meet her that i slept for 3 three hours, then proceeded to wake up like every half hour to check the clock.)
2.) Try to eat a LITTLE something before you go, even if it is a pretzel or a small cup of Gatorade. If you go for a run and have nothing and i mean nothing in your stomach you might feel queasy/dizzy/weak. If this happens to you on day 1 of your morning run experience and on day 2 you take my advice and you have a wonderful run-you can send me a thank you card #kidding
3.) Plan your clothes the night before. 75% of why i DONT want to get out of bed to run in the morning is because I still have to get dressed and pick out my clothes. if i have them ready and waiting I am a happy chipper runner girl.
4.) This one is from Kristina’s husband, Mike. I cannot take credit….Carry a flashlight with you so cars are automatically alerted by the weirdos running in the dark at 5 am. (i wore my 100% reflective coat this morning. It is pretty GD cool, i have to admit) But if i run tomorrow solo, I will be bringing a flashlight with me too to stick in my pocket. I have also heard of “knuckle lights” which go over your knuckles and are battery powered….I have yet to buy them but they look SUPER cool.
I am really hoping that while you are reading this post as it comes out on Friday morning–that I am out and about running my little booty off. Cause that runner’s high from Thursday lasted all day. ALL.DAY. LONG…. amazing…..I dont drink coffee, but I had an usually high energy level the entire day.. I loved it.
On a random side note….I am so very excited that I picked these bad boys up at Wally World last night…
They are my VERY FAVORITE FLOWER and they smell incredible. (I knew I had good taste when Princess Kate put them in her wedding bouquet. And I happen to LOVE all things Princess Kate. I don’t know why, I just do. I actually got up at the ungodly hour of 3 to watch her wedding. Hearts for eyeballs for her wedding, and anything involving this classy, classy lady! You’re welcome for this utterly pointless knowledge abt me)
Knowing my husband is going to plant them for me is making me sooooo excited!!!:) my dad has grown these in his yard for my entire life..the smell they give off is incredible.
Happy weekend, everybody!!!
Anyone else like to run in the morning?
What’s your favorite flower?
Anybody have a garden like me and the hubs?
to be fair..he does the brunt of the work. I pick the veggies and the flowers and enjoy them both ☺️
RUN FREE, RUN STRONG!