before i moved to NYC, i rarely worked out in the mornings. and in that sentence, rarely = never.
i wasn’t a morning runner. i was more of a wake-up-half-an-hour-before-i-have-to-leave-the-houser. bounding out of bed and into gym clothes wasn’t a routine i adopted regularly until about two years ago, and it happened all at once. i literally decided one day in May 2012 that i was going to start working out every day before work, and BAM, i became a morning runner/boot camper. and i haven’t looked back since.
it didn’t take me long to absolutely love working out in the morning. it’s the best way i can think of to start my day. no matter what else might happen, i’ve already accomplished something that feels great. plus, it frees up evenings to see friends or relax or do school work or date or whatever else i might want to do. win-win. also, the gym/running path isn’t quite the same madhouse at 6:30am as it is at 6:30pm.
one amazing thing about being a runner is that you really can run wherever and whenever. you just lace up and go, no questions asked, no equipment necessary, no stressors too big that you can’t pound into the pavement. now that the weather has been lovely, i can run outdoors basically anytime. so for on those rare mornings when i just can’t get up (generally Wednesdays, as Tuesdays are my killer late night school days), the longer days provide me with another option for an outdoor run.
last night after class, i took advantage of the amazing evening and became a night runner for the first time in agesssss. and my morning-runner self actually loved it. pretty sure the beauty of the evening had a lot to do with that…
how incredible is that sky?? kinda makes me hate ever having to be indoors.
what really surprised me was how great i felt. i thought i might be exhausted after a long day of work and school, but i felt so energized and was really looking forward to this evening run all day. it was just a short one, but i definitely felt sprightlier and stronger than i have on my morning runs lately.
those are the best splits i’ve had in a long time (maybe ever?), and i was shocked that i had that in me at the end of a long day. kinda makes me wonder if i should start putting one or two evening runs into my weekly workout schedule. those first two miles felt like i had wings in my Newbies, i swear. i felt awesome…
until i turned around at Chelsea Piers, that is. it took all of two steps north-bound on the river path to realize that the wind had been my best friend running south, but made the last mile and a half brutal. i pretty much hated my life for that stretch and certainly felt like i was going slower than i apparently was, and i actually felt annoyed that it was going to mess up my speedy-ness. 🙂
so although i definitely won’t stop working out in the mornings, this one run gave me two things to contemplate:
1. adding some night running to my schedule, and
2. speed work. i know i recently said i didn’t think much about that, but maybe it’s time i start. because i wouldn’t mind challenging myself with my running a bit more — and that run felt pretty darn good.
When’s your fave time of day to run? Do you find yourself operating better at a specific time?
Thoughts on speedwork? What do you do, what works best, etc?