Running Life: Morning runs keep you committed
Everyone has their story about how their running lives morphed into what they do today. And it seems that we all have the perfect plan. I’ve found everyone’s perfect plan is just that, it is what works for them. No two approaches are the same, but it is nice when you have friends and a group to support your plan. And morning runs are key for me.
In the winter.
The Skortaholics and extended group are just that support for me when the weather is less than desirable. During the winter, as we all tried to figure out how we could complete our long runs outside after a big mid-week snow, our discussions brought us from a cancelled run, to a group of 7 that decided to venture out and gamble that the roads might be kind. Sandy wanted an early run for 18 miles to get it over with just like me, and it blossomed from there. So we planned Saturday morning runs with the group that met all of our goals, AND we were done with the run early in the weekend!
Similarly, I’ve found the morning runs keep me on target in my training. Whenever I plan an evening run, it wins the “Most Likely to be Skipped Award.” I learned the hard way when I was going to graduate school full time and working full time. Little love handles were creeping on to my waist! In my 2nd semester, I found out I’d been accepted into the lottery for Boston, and it was the perfect impetus to get me back on track with my runs! For many this would seem to be the straw that broke the camel’s back, but the morning runs were the glue that kept it all together.
I started my training in January 2012. I planned 5:00 am and 5:30 am runs with my running friends . . . usually tempo and speed work since I am a big fan of the FIRST plan that only requires 3 runs per week! I’d finish up around 6:30 am – in time for a shower and coffee at work getting me to my desk at 7 am! Those two and half years when I was in school, I needed to leave around 4 pm for school, so it was crucial for me to stay on top of work responsibilities by being in the office early. The days that started with a run were even longer, but my brain worked better. Better sleep, better brain with more training, and then bye-bye love handles!
And still going.
I’ve continued this approach even now that those crazy days are over. I still feel the morning run is the reason it all works for me!
What motivates you to keep training?
Have you found a schedule that works for you?