Early morning running - Lessons learned

>> Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Today I decided to get a jump start to the day and get a run in before work. Since the Seattle marathon is a month away, I wanted to do a 10 mile run today.  So I set my alarm clock for 06:15, got woken up at 05:30 by my 4 year old son, by 6am I was ready to go.

Lessons learned:

1.  Eating a banana and a pack of gummy bears before the run I thought I would be safe to run right away, but even with a banana I think it's better to wait 1/2 hour.

2.  I played soccer 2 days before and had a knock on my quad, no big deal at all.  But after 5 miles every little injury is a big deal.

3.  There are a lot of old people going for walks at 6am.  Normally I get motivated seeing other runners or people being active.  Instead I felt myself saying "Ahh, that's a good life I could get used to...".  Not exactly motivating me to run faster.

4.  In the dark you need to be more careful.  I stepped into two little potholes before learning this one.  Another thing to be very aware of is that your watch is hard to read.  My pace was all over the place, it made me realize how much I rely on my watch to monitor pace.

5.  On the contrary, the sunrise in Seattle can be pretty awesome.  Kept my attention for the second half of the run.

3 comments:

TheGuth October 27, 2010 at 11:36 AM  

Are you planning on running the marathon? I have say, I admire your gumption, especially if you are just now tackling a 10mi. Knowing you though, you'll knock this thing out as no big deal.

You should x-post this on BRS, btw.

Mark Kadlec November 1, 2010 at 8:04 PM  

Hey Guth, yep, going to try the Seattle Marathon.

Funny enough I was going to try the two week "accelerated" program until I finally realized that was crazy. A month might still be too tight but I'll give it a go.

Mark Kadlec November 1, 2010 at 8:14 PM  

As far as the x-post, I should, although I'm afraid of Susie laughing at my training regimen. :)

She had some great feedback and encouragement at my attempt though, she's the official marathon Queen.

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