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January 24, 2011

Early AM vs. AM vs. PM

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 19:11

I don’t rate myself as a fantastic, talented athlete. I just have perseverance. I’m a cart horse. I work hard.
Colleen DeReuck, Four-time Olympian

Considering that it’s T-12 weeks until Boston, it’s time to start working hard.

And lately I’ve been pondering the best time for me to do hard (or any) work.  You see, I really REALLY love running before work, ideally before my clinic nights when I can run around 0800.  I also have to run some mornings (office days) at 0600 or earlier.  But my BODY loves running later, like 1400 or even as late as 1700.

Let’s compare my two recent runs, shall we?

Sunday: 10.2 miles @ 8:46 pace @ 1630.  It felt effortless and easy.  Definitely didn’t feel like I was running at all.

Monday: 13.1 miles @ 9:08 pace @ 0830. Picked up pack at end and last mile was at 8:20 pace.  I was really surprised at how fast this run was because it was -1* when I left my friend’s house this morning and 1 or 2* when I left my house.  Right now it’s been about 10 hours post run and my fingernails still sting. Definitely not an embracing winter moment today 😉

Seems to me that it takes me WAY longer to warm up when I start my runs earlier. And I suspect my afternoon runs feel easier because I’ve had two solid meals in me and a few snacks. But I like running my runs early and it works best with my schedule. I just wonder how much better of a runner I’d be if I ran all my runs later. I mean, I can “train” my body to run earlier (and definitely have because I can train well before noon) but there’s something about naturally running well that’s enticing.

Does the time you like to run match the time your body likes to run?

Also: does your body run on cookies?

Because apparently mine does.  The night before my last long run I made these two cookie recipes with a friend.  And likely ate half the batter/cookies before they got to work the next day.  Oops.

Butttttt who can resist this dough?!

Good Old Fashioned Chocolate Chip


  • 1.25 cups of flour
  • .5 teaspoon baking soda
  • .5 teaspoon salt
  • .5 cup butter, softened
  • .5 cup packed brown sugar
  • .25 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 package of chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 375* and in a small bowl combine flour, baking soda and salt
  2. In a larger bowl beat the butter and sugars (the directions say with a mixer but we used out *clean* hands) until light and fluffy.  Beat in egg and vanilla  until well combined. Reduce to low speed and beat in the flour mixture just until well blended.  With wooden spoon stir in the chips.
  3. Drop dough by rounded tablespoons, 2 inches apart, on two ungreased cookies sheets.  Bake until golden around the edges (roughly 10 to 12 minutes)
  4. Transfer to cookie rack to cool then eat and enjoy

Not the greatest lighting but still yummy

And now my favorite: Oatmeal Raisin Cookies


  • .75 cup flour
  • .5 teaspoon baking soda
  • .25 teaspoon salt
  • .5 cup butter, softened
  • .5 cup granulated sugar
  • .33 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1.5 cup oats, uncooked
  • .75 cup raisins


  1. Essentially the same as above, except the oven is set to 350* and the oats and raisins get added in after the flour mixture.  We also found that the cookies took about 15 minutes to cook.
  2. ENJOY

And I’m still at work.  It’s been a long day.  I think I’m going to my friend’s house for Pushing Daisies (and I LOVE that lots of you watch/watched it too) and some more baking.  Because it’s better for my body than drinking… 😉

I don’t rate myself as a fantastic, talented athlete. I just have perseverance. I’m a cart horse. I work hard.  

Colleen DeReuck, Four-time Olympian



  1. I have no idea what this post was about because I got distracted by cookies and the thought of cookie dough. Sorry.

    Though I will say that I kinda like running later in the day myself but usually go early mornings or I don’t get to it at all.

    Comment by jen — January 24, 2011 @ 19:38

  2. My body absolutely runs on cookies. I have cookies before long runs all of the time. Seriously!!

    I run faster in the evenings, but I run in the mornings and have adapted pretty well. I can tempo at 5:30AM if need be … I just usually will run two slow warm up miles first!

    Races are typically in the morning, so I figure it’s good practice! 🙂

    Comment by Jaime — January 24, 2011 @ 19:46

    • That’s my thinking to get me out the door: races are morning. I can tempo early morning too buttt it just feels so much harder. Cookies right before runs? Maybe I should try it I’ve just been having it pre-bed…I could always do both 😉

      Comment by marathonmaiden — January 26, 2011 @ 12:15

  3. yum COOKIES…i Run on cookies! hahaaha. yay for Boston!

    Comment by Mary (Sisters Running the Kitchen) — January 24, 2011 @ 19:51

  4. I’m not sure why I keep gaining weight whenever I pop over here….hum, cuz all your recipes are my favorite sugar high foods??? 🙂 Nothing better than a warm chocolate chip cookie!! And I’m a much better afternoon runner, too. Right now it’s almost 6pm and I’m just going to start a run. yay!

    Comment by Jill — January 24, 2011 @ 20:03

    • I’m pretty sure I’m gaining weight too…good thing training’s starting 😉

      Comment by marathonmaiden — January 26, 2011 @ 12:20

  5. I am slower in the evenings. Weird, eh? I love morning runs because that means i get my cereal before bed for fuel, haha!

    Comment by lindsay — January 24, 2011 @ 20:07

  6. Ok, let me join the crew distracted by the cookies. It’s really unfair to post anything with cookie photos. What were we talking about, now? Oh, yeah – running and the time of day. I’m firmly in the morning run camp, although I will admit that a late evening run in the summer feels pretty darn good, just because it’s warm and the day is winding down. I miss warm days!

    Comment by Terri — January 24, 2011 @ 20:07

  7. My body COULD very well run on cookies if I let it. Too bad (or good thing?) I don’t have an oven so if I want cookies, I have to either make really small batches or buy them from the store (never as tasty).

    As for running… I prefer running in the early afternoon. I think my body does too. For similar reasons to the ones you mentioned. I’m not yet tired from going through a full day but I have shaken off any lingering sleepiness. I’m pretty sure it also has something to do with circadian rhythms but it’s been about two years since I read about that stuff and I’ve since forgotten most of it. I feel the same way when I try to run in the morning. I’ll get through it, and I generally feel pretty good by the end, but I’m usually dragging ass at first. Same thing with too late in the day.

    Comment by runningmanz — January 24, 2011 @ 20:15

  8. I think it’s so interesting that our bodies have their favorite times of the day for training. I’m opposite of you…get ‘er done in the morning is the only way for me!

    I’m ignoring those cookie recipes. Not running means no fun food for me!

    Comment by MissZippy1 — January 24, 2011 @ 20:23

    • Mentally that’s the only way for me too! Boo for no fun foods. I’ll sneakily send you some 😉

      Comment by marathonmaiden — January 26, 2011 @ 12:22

  9. I am trying out different times to run as well. I’ve usually monitored my mood during the day when I’ve already had a run versus anticipating a run, but I haven’t looked at the stats of how the runs actually go. Perhaps it is because I’m just base building again and not preoccupied with distance and pace, rather than time?? Hm.

    Comment by Running on Faith — January 24, 2011 @ 20:28

    • I think that if you’re base building it’s not necessary to really look at the time unless you’re curious. It might be good information to have as a rough idea for whenever you pick training back up.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — January 26, 2011 @ 12:23

    • Oops…I meant pace/distance not time!

      On Wed, Jan 26, 2011 at 12:23 PM, Marathon Maiden wrote:

      > I think that if you’re base building it’s not necessary to really look at > the time unless you’re curious. It might be good information to have as a > rough idea for whenever you pick training back up. > >

      Comment by marathonmaiden — January 26, 2011 @ 12:23

  10. I’m definitely a PM runner during the week but have no problem running in the AM on the weekends. During the week I have to be up and getting ready no later than 6:00 so to run before means getting up muuuuch earlier than I’m willing to!

    Comment by Tara — January 24, 2011 @ 20:35

  11. Ok, I would like to ask when the runner’s world quotes became once a week vs every day? I know that’s where you got it… lol 🙂

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — January 24, 2011 @ 20:40

    • I know! I always expect the quote daily and then am sad to wake up in the mornings without one. And you caught me 😉

      Comment by marathonmaiden — January 26, 2011 @ 12:24

  12. My body loves afternoon runs, like 4-6p. My schedule likes 5a runs, but I always feel slower in the mornings, but I tell myself that I race in the morning, may as well be use to it.

    Glad to hear I am not the only one who has brain vs. Legs issues!

    Comment by Stephanie — January 24, 2011 @ 20:42

  13. I think you have valid claims to both cookie fueling and afternoon runs! 🙂 It’s too bad, that most races are morning events. But, then again race day adrenaline will work in your favor!

    I’m SOOOOOO impressed with your hard-core-ness; taking on a long run in minus temps. Brave girl! And, deliciousness with the cookies! When you say clinic, are you doing a residency?

    Comment by Jess @ Blonde Ponytail — January 24, 2011 @ 20:51

    • Nope no residency. I’m an AmeriCorps VISTA working at a clinic until August. I’m doing stuff with the electronic medical records and getting prescriptions to our patients as well as data entering/compiling to make look pretty.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — January 26, 2011 @ 12:25

  14. I love running in the mornings and getting out of the way. I find that I run better in the mornings as well. After I have a good breakfast I am ready to go. But….because I am on a team all of our practices are in the afternoon. After a long day of classes and studying I am most likely drained by time practice comes around.

    I am so baking those oatmeal raisin cookies! They look so good!!!

    Comment by little racer — January 24, 2011 @ 21:09

  15. I’m also very much an afternoon runner. 3 or 4 PM is my sweet spot! I have a really tough time getting any sort of decent pace going when I run first thing in the morning.

    Comment by shelby — January 24, 2011 @ 22:31

    • I think 4pm is my sweet spot too. Maybe my body knows that if it gives a good hard effortless run there it’ll get an indulgent dinner afterward…

      Comment by marathonmaiden — January 26, 2011 @ 12:26

  16. Cookies are the best fuel ever!

    Comment by Lesley — January 24, 2011 @ 23:56

  17. haha, I should try running on cookies. I honestly don’t know what it’s like to run at any other time than the morning, because I love it so much. SO I guess you could say it works for me (or I make it work!)

    Comment by mealsformiles — January 25, 2011 @ 07:55

  18. Well I would think everyone runs better after they’ve woken up a bit and had something to eat. It’s been so long since I ran in the morning I don’t know if I could even pull a 10:00/mile haha. I feel like you burn more fat in the am than later in the day. (That’s my excuse as to why I am so fat anyway)

    Comment by Lindsay — January 25, 2011 @ 09:06

    • I really wish I could eat right before running because I think that you’re right. But to do that I’d have to get up ungodly. And that’s just not cool.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — January 26, 2011 @ 12:28

  19. I love running in the AM, but for me to get to work on time I’d have to be running before 5:00 and then I’m exhausted in the evening. I’m stuck for afternoon runs other than on weekends. Your cookies look great. I’m going to try them this weekend!

    Comment by Lindsay — January 25, 2011 @ 09:50

    • Hope you enjoy the cookies if you do them. I feel you with the running before work and then being tired / exhausted at night. When training kicks up I’ll either have to get up before 5 or find something else…decisions…

      Comment by marathonmaiden — January 26, 2011 @ 12:29

  20. I am an all over the place runner. I really enjoy running in the morning (sometimes to just get it over with) but I wouldn’t do a tempo or speed workout run in the morning – I need to be awake and fueled to do those properly.

    Comment by Laura — January 25, 2011 @ 09:50

  21. I always run in the early morning because it’s more convenient. I guess I kind of like it because I get “boost” when I race because I usually race in the late morning when my body is more awake/I’ve eaten breakfast/ so I run faster than I think I can based on my early AM running times.

    Comment by Chelsea — January 25, 2011 @ 09:55

  22. I love working out in the early afternoon, but I’ll workout whenever 🙂

    Comment by Jess — January 25, 2011 @ 11:19

  23. I used to do well with afternoon runs and my body usually feels good then, but I just like mornings better. It’s a nice start to the day.

    I am such a dough eater.

    Comment by Jess — January 25, 2011 @ 14:11

    • It’s a great way to start the day. I feel superior to the world 😉 And trust me I am a MAJOR dough eater. If I didn’t feel weird doing so I’d just eat the dough and not make any actual cookies…

      Comment by marathonmaiden — January 26, 2011 @ 12:30

  24. I’m a morning running…usually. If I wait until after work I’m exhausted and I’ve had the whole day to make up excuses to slack off (I’m great with excuses!).

    On another note – the “does your body run on cookies?” question is so appropriate for my day! My route today was the same as yesterday, as was the temp and my “mood” yet today I ran 0:28/mile faster than yesterday. I give the speedy credit to the cookie I ate for breakfast… just sayin’!

    And those cookies look yummy – I need a good choc chip recipe, I will be back to try yours out! 🙂

    Comment by Heidi Nicole — January 25, 2011 @ 15:35

  25. Do I run on cookies? Absolutely. The perfect mix of carbs and … carbs! I run at all different times based on my schedule, but I will say that I think I do best running mid-day. I can do mornings and I feel good once I get up, but I HATE getting out of bed. I feel good once I get going, but I’m sure it does take me longer to warm up in the morning too.

    Comment by Lisa — January 25, 2011 @ 16:12

  26. IN the winter I know that it takes me forever to warm up. I do still run slower in the mornings but in the summer I find I can speed up because it is warmer outside. Its weird but I blame the cold. I love running at 5am because it is so quiet and there is NO one else here. That might not always be the case when I move someplace else but for now it works for me. I do try to mix it up because running in the morning all the time causes me to not be able to race as well (or at least I think so).

    Comment by J — January 25, 2011 @ 20:31

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