Today is the seventh day of my June Mile-a-Day Running Challenge and you’ll be amazed at what I found out!
See? I can do clickbait with the best of ’em!
I’m surprised I made it this far. Usually I would have given up by now despite announcing publicly that I would do it.
I’m particularly surprised because except for the first day, I’ve run all the days IN THE MORNING!
Yes, Friday was not a fluke. I’ve actually gotten up early, even on the weekend (hey, 7am is damned early on a weekend. My normal wakeup time is well after 9am).
Am I becoming a morning person?
You tell me. This morning, after finishing my run and getting ready for the shower I noticed that I had my shirt on inside out and I was wearing a Brooks Adrenaline 17 on my left foot and a Hoka Clifton 3 on my right and I never even noticed.
Additionally, I have decided Friday was an aberration after all and not a trend. The getting to work and being bright-eyed and bushy-tailed was a one-time occurrence. The rest of the mornings I’ve struggled to stay awake for the first couple of hours at work, as well as falling asleep during the church service on Sunday.
To answer the question plainly, I am definately still not a morning person.
Which isn’t to say I might not continue running in the morning, despite being in a near comatose state.
The pros of a morning run are:
- It gets done — I don’t have to worry about missing a run because of evening scheduling conflicts or because what I ate isn’t sitting right.
- I can fall quickly asleep at night and not suffer from insomnia or joint stiffness.
The cons of morning runs:
- I put on two different shoes.
- If I want to run more than a mile, I would have to get up even earlier than I do now.
The pros of the evening run are, for one thing, it seems to drive away the stress of the day. I finish exhausted, but refreshed in a mental sort of way. Like a great weight has been lifted from my shoulders. I don’t get that from a morning run probably because I’m too groggy to be worried about any of the previous day’s stressors.
I can also run longer in the evening. I don’t have to rush to get into the shower, make breakfast, and get ready for work. I can just run.
And lastly, I seem to be able to push myself, motivate myself, easier in the evening. In the morning, so far, I seem lucky to make it through the mile at a decent pace without slowing down or even quiting, but I don’t have the motivation to really push myself. Evenings I am more motivated do intervals where I sprint for an extended period of time or to do faster long runs.
I’m debating if I should continue morning mike runs after the challenge, but also incorporate three more strenuous workouts in the evening per week.
I wonder if my body, at my age, can take that much running with little or no recovery time between runs?
Only one way to find out.
As far as any changes resulting from my mile-a-day challenge, I think it’s still too early to notice any trends. I’d like to say that my heart rate recovery after about two minutes into my cool down walk after the run has been improving, from about 124 to 118 or so, but I can’t. That’s because recovery heart rate wasn’t something I tracked prior to this challenge. My bad.
I also only weigh myself on Friday’s, so I can’t report any changes there.
To be honest? I still feel the same and my mile time is still the same.
But I haven’t given up, so that’s a plus.
Run. Rest. Drink some coffee.