Don’t lie: you love this song and Celine.
At least it’s coming back to my legs.
Maybe I want to call it kick? Maybe spark?
Either way I’ve noticed that my afternoon sessions of my doubles give me faith that I’m not a slug. Because that’s what I feel like during my pre-work runs lately. As evidenced today when I ran 8 miles pre-0700 at a slow yet steady and comfortable pace and then followed it up with 5 miles post-work at a comparable effort level but easily 45 seconds faster per mile than this morning.
Maybe it’s a factor of the fact that I’m still under stress and having no real appetite leading to fatigue in the early morning hours (vs afternoon runs where I have two meals and two snacks in my system, even if they aren’t the most substantial)
Or maybe it’s a factor of my mind and body being awake in the afternoon. I’m quite positive neither are at 0530, although this morning the sun was actually out before my alarm went off and I woke up with a START because my room was soooo bright that I thought I had overslept.
Either way I thoroughly enjoy my typical M/W/F double of ~6-8 in the morning with ~4-5 post-work.
You’re probably saying to yourself “well then why don’t you just run all of your miles during the afternoon?” Well lots of it has to do with timing. I just started doing this double thing (while holding down a “real job”) recently and it coincided with my roomie being done with the semester/classes. And we’ve decided to start having dinner together on the days I’m not at clinic late. We settled on an 1800 time and, provided I can get out of work at 1600-1630, I have just enough time to get home, change, run and shower.
Plus I feel badass doing doubles. And I really don’t want to give up my early morning runs. Even though I don’t get to see the actual sunrise (something I really enjoy but it’s so early now!) there’s something really peaceful running that early. Especially when I run one of the typically bustling-with-college/grad-students streets at 0600. Because it’s EMPTY. I don’t want to give it up. I also have “friends” that I regularly see on my boulevard pathway.
The temps in the morning don’t hurt either (this morning was ~60* at 0530 although it was 75* at 1630) and the fact that there’s very little traffic so I don’t have to wait at lights which is convenient.
That’s not to say that I’ve been doing doubles everyday. It’s really hard for me to get up early on the weekends so it’s typically all afternoon miles and on T/R I work until 21-2200 and it’s all morning. But I go back and forth with morning vs afternoon running and which I like better. I guess the nice thing about running (and the doubles) is that I really don’t have to choose.
I think I’ve written about different time frames of running before (so I apologize if you’re feeling some deja-vu) and this post is mostly just word vomit of some thoughts that struck me on my run this afternoon. And I ran with it. Pun totally intended.
On a totally unrelated note: I think I want to be T.Swift when I grow up. For real.