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May 25, 2011

It’s All Coming Back to Me Nowwwwwwwwwwwww

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 19:41

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.

FINALLY (thanks google images)

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.


  1. good deal. I am the same way with stress and eating. thank goodness for my 3 smoothies a day, haha.

    Comment by lindsay — May 25, 2011 @ 20:31

  2. And you go girl with those doubles! You are badass, babe, that was never in question. I think it’s cool you run both afternoon and morning, especially if the morning is your “inner peace” run, that’s important! I’m starting to do mornings to beat the heat and it’s taking its own kind of acclimation, I’m a bit more sluggish to start. By the afternoon, we’ve moved around, had some food as you mentioned, and gotten our heart rates up a tad.

    Comment by Flo — May 25, 2011 @ 21:04

  3. I did a couple double workouts last week when I had time to do it both before and after work. Sort of loved it, too. No lie.

    I totally sang my heart out to that song when I was younger…. ahhhh memories….

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — May 25, 2011 @ 22:06

  4. You amaze me. For real.

    I agree that morning runs just have a wonderful aura about them. It’s cool, quiet, and actually daylight by 5:30 now.:-) I also do lunchtime runs when I can, and each time has its own appeal.

    Comment by Lisa — May 25, 2011 @ 23:25

  5. Dang girl. You are freaking amazing!! And who doesn’t love that song?? xoxoxo

    Comment by megan @ muncher cruncher — May 25, 2011 @ 23:36

  6. NOthing beats a run first thing in the morning. I love 45 minute ones…short, sweet and perfection.
    I used to double up 2 years ago during fellowship. I gave me an incredible burst of energy in the summer, but also was very draining come 9pm. I don’t know if you know how rsilient and strong you are.

    Comment by specialkphd — May 26, 2011 @ 01:05

  7. You are totally badass for running doubles….not for linking CDION on this post though….she makes me angry.

    Comment by Laura — May 26, 2011 @ 07:15

  8. i love morning runs! they just start the day off on the right note! and oui j’aime bien celine! elle est canadienne alors je l’utilise dans ma classe d’enseigner la langue francaise! i think you can get all that right?

    Comment by Lindsay — May 26, 2011 @ 10:02

  9. I think it’s great that you do doubles! I’ve only done them a few times but I do much better on my afternoon runs too. I also find I eat better in the day if I know I can’t stuff myself because I have to be ready for a run.
    Love that song!

    Comment by jen — May 26, 2011 @ 13:26

  10. Lol to the last statement..oh Taylor Swift. love her!!

    Comment by Jess — May 26, 2011 @ 15:38

  11. I am always slow in the morning…even though its warmer now. That why I make myself run my recovery runs in the morning – makes sure I run them slowwww. Great job on the double girl! I hope to get some in soon…

    Comment by J — May 26, 2011 @ 17:51

  12. dude nice doubles. i love that you just go and run. no “i should follow the ‘rules’ of mileage” no excuses for broken ribs… you’re my hero.

    Comment by lindsay — May 26, 2011 @ 21:28

  13. afternoon runs def boost confidence!!! and doubles are true to the bamf inside of you 🙂

    tell me why t. swift???? i’m not knocking her i’m just curious your draw-in. the country girl thanng??

    Comment by Lacey Hebert — May 26, 2011 @ 21:39

  14. I sit down at work all day now, so I love working out twice a day. Usually I just end up running twice on one day though and do some strength work on others. However, I do not want to be T. Swift. 🙂

    Comment by Jess — May 26, 2011 @ 21:59

  15. YOU ARE A BAMF!!! I like your doubles method…I used to think you had to do consecutive miles, but now I know you don’t!

    Welcome back legs!! 😉

    Comment by Jess @ Blonde Ponytail — May 28, 2011 @ 19:01

  16. doubles do = being badass for sure. one summer i decided to run doubles each day, and it was actually fun. but keep in mind at this point, my 14 year old self thought 3 miles x 2 was pretty fantastic. 🙂

    Comment by emily — May 29, 2011 @ 09:39

  17. Doing doubles also makes me feel hardcore! Glad you’re getting your mojo back 🙂

    Comment by Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) — May 30, 2011 @ 09:19

  18. You are so badass, I hope one day when I grow up I can be you!! 🙂

    I hope your computer is happy now…mine is so stupid slow right now and it’s totally irking me so I’m downstairs on my desktop, which is faster (but ugh, I can’t lay in my bed and read blogs….whaaa).

    Comment by Jil — May 31, 2011 @ 23:48

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