My schedule has taken a turn for the insane lately and in order to fit my runs in, I need to be done by about 6:00 AM. Luckily, I have a group of equally nutty friends who meet each morning to get in some nice, early miles. This morning I met my ladies at 4:45 AM. Yes, you heard me right. I got up at 4:15 to go and do an 8-mile tempo run. And you know what? It was kind of fun.
For some reason I have an easier time getting up in the 4 or 5 AM hour than I do in the 6 AM hour. I don’t know if it’s because my body still thinks it’s night time or what, but it’s just easier. I drank some coffee, put on my clothes (word to the wise: lay everything out and have that coffee premade) and was out the door by 4:30. It was extremely foggy here in Sacramento so I was actually a little nervous driving over, but it worked out ok. Also, my roommate is on a surgical rotation so she was actually up which helped tremendously.
A group of 10 of us headed to the bike trail and ran 2 miles warm up, 4 of tempo and 2 cool down. To be clear, I would not have gotten up so early or done this on my own. But knowing my friends were waiting for me and the promise of Peets coffee afterward was too compelling to miss. The run went fine. I was a little tired and my legs did NOT want to run fast, but I talked them in to it and they did fine. My tummy was really upset afterward but it behaved during the run so that’s all that matters.
I figure that during this season of craziness that I’m pretty sure is going to last 6-8 months I have a choice to make: get my lazy ass out of bed at 4am or not run at all. I’m sure there are days that it’s going to be horrible. I’m not sure I’ll be able to sustain 6 days per week. In fact, I think most days rolling out of bed will be a struggle but at the end of the day, being able to get some runs in with friends and alone gives me sanity and space and a place to breathe. I honestly believe that traipsing through the fog at o’dark thirty is better for my sanity and more beneficial than that hour of sleep.
I feel a little out of it this morning but I am sure I’ll get used to it. The only issue is that I was ready to eat lunch by 9am! I’m sure with some adjusting I’ll be ok there, too.
We’ll see how Round 2 goes tomorrow. It’s at a far more reasonable hour- 5:00 AM. HA!