Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Holiday Run Streak, Day #6

Cold one this morning, with a "feels like" of 16. Double layered, tights, etc. Felt pretty good after mile one again, but decided to keep it at an easier pace as to not burn myself out.

Part of the habit building here is not only getting up at 4am, but also doing some things in a particular order. All my running stuff stays down in my little office set up, so when I get up, I put on the coffee maker, get ready and head out for my run. When I get back I pour a cup of coffee, put some eggs on the boil, and head down to my office to sync my run and change.

I figure if I can keep that routine up for a month or so I'll be sitting pretty as an early runner again.

Another habit builder is that I'm using a 4.3 mile route (out and back) from my house. Mentally, it takes up about the same space as a 1-mile run, because it's a really simple out and back, and I know all the hills and divots, places where there's wind, where it's shielded. Eventually when things start coming to me easier, I might mix up the routes in the morning, but to do longer (like a 10k or something) that might require some variation in the prep time, mostly because it might mean eating something before I run.

Also, looking at my sleep data it's no wonder I feel so tired. I woke up in the middle of the night last night (about 1am) and had a hard time getting back to sleep, meaning I banked less than 6 hours. Rough. I know at about 6+ I'm doing really well, and that's when I feel the most rested. I'll have to get to bed early again tonight and hope my circadian rhythms sort themselves out.

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