Seeing as I woke up at 4am this morning, I figured that I should try going for a morning run. Usually my runs happen during the late afternoon or on a gym treadmill due to the crumby Florida weather so I thought this would be a nice little change.
First of all, I want to mention how difficult it was for me to run in the morning. Not only was I thrown off by the time of day, but my body was totally not ready for this measly 3 mile run. One of the main reasons why I never really hit the pavement in the morning is because of how sleepy my body still is. When I run later in the day I know that my body has had an adequate amount of time to wake up and move around. My day’s activities have had me moving around enough where I can take on any distance without feeling groggy.
Another reason has to do with fuel. This morning my stomach felt so empty and weird, like I was trying to digest something that wasn’t even there. I would have eaten something but whenever I eat immediately before a run, I start to cramp up and feel gross, to put it simply. Before working out or running I like knowing that I have eaten a nice nutritious meal and have had a decent amount of time to digest before getting active. With this approach, I feel more energized and avoid unwanted trips to the bathroom.
Finally, ending my day with a run or a workout just feels great. I can just hop into the shower, chow down at dinner, and go to bed feeling totally relaxed and accomplished. Even if I haven’t really done anything all day, I can go to sleep knowing that I did do something beneficial for my body and my training. Oh, and let me just add that running as the sun sets is absolutely beautiful.
I bet some readers were expecting me to mention how the air is cooler in the evening or in the morning. But, in reality it’s equally as cool in the morning as it is in the evening so I see no huge difference in that category. Just don’t run midday. It’s the easiest way to feel extremely burned out super quick.
Also, as a side note, I got rained on this morning which put a huge damper on how I felt toward the end of my run. I usually hear from people talk about how magical and fun it is to run in the rain, but for me it was a watery hell. I could barely keep my eyes open because of all of the water being pelted directly into my face. My shoes also got super soaked. Running or walking in soggy shoes / socks makes me shudder. It’s just not a good feeling.