But it is finally May, one of my favorite months of the year for morning running! Now there is no more need to get bundled up for a quick morning run - all I need are shorts, shirt and possible long sleeve. And there is no need for a headlamp or gloves because the sun rises before 6am.
My morning runs have been starting out like this with just a little bit of light -
And ending up like this with a full blown sunrise!
Getting back into the routine of waking up at 5am has been tough but well worth it for the peace and quiet on the roads and the beautiful mornings.
All through the winter I kept my morning runs easy because it was hard to get my body to warm up enough to hit tempo or interval paces. Now that summer is almost here, I am excited to do some early morning track and tempo workouts!
I never pass any other runners when I am out - I think I am the only one in my area that runs in the early morning. I do see lots of lights on in the houses that I pass and it amazes me how many other people are actually awake at that early hour.
Most of my thoughts during my morning runs are just random and forgotten instantly but there is one that continues to repeat. I wonder about the cars that past me in the morning. I wonder if they think I am crazy for being out so early or if they have passed me enough times in the morning to know that I am the morning runner girl. I wonder about their story and where they are going.
Morning running keeps me sane and also helps me to become less grumpy! I may be able to get up at 5am but that doesn't mean I really want to talk to anyone. Waking up while running really can be the best way to start the day!
Happy Morning Running!
** Congrats to MARLENE on her awesome BQ!! I am so proud of you!