Yesterday my plan was to run for 60 minutes to see how far/fast I could run and how I felt during and after. Depending on how this run went, I would make up my mind about registering for a half marathon. I woke up feeling pretty good but by the time I got off work, I was drained, mentally and physically. I was also hungry. In an ideal world I would have had a snack, digested, then hit the pavement. But I hate running in the dark and wanted my night running to be as minimal as possible so it was out the door with a grumbling belly and tired feet.
I have been very treadmill dependent lately and my few outdoor runs have been relatively flat so I was expecting a lot of huffing and puffing on this semi-hilly route (please don’t make fun of our wimpy FL elevation). I was shocked at how good I felt during this run. I didn’t glance at my watch at all until about half way through the run. The numbers weren’t fantastic but they weren’t awful either. I popped a gummy shark in my mouth and kept going. When we got back to the car 53 minutes and 5.4 miles later, I felt great.
I could have kept going but it was dark (my least favorite running condition) and I already did what I set out to do: prove that I could run for an hour(ish), outside, and feel great during and after the run. Half Mary, here we come!
I also remembered to use my Garmin heart monitor and it was super easy and I even forgot it was there until I was getting into the shower. Another +1 for Garmy.
After my shower, I loaded up with a leftover concoction of black eyed peas, kidney beans, rice, broccoli and cheese and settled in for the night.
I was hoping last night would be the night I break the tossing and turning spell I have been under lately. Wish not granted. I was up at 12am and 4am and then again at 6a when I forced myself to get out of bed and get ready for work. I am staying away from caffeine today (even though it would be a great day to have it!) and hoping tonight will be a blissful 8 hours of zzz’s
Do you run at night?
I absolutely try to avoid it.
What do you do to help you sleep?