At this time I’m beginning training for my next, fourth, marathon.
I say beginning but I am already at a base of ten for my long runs; tomorrow will be a 12 miler.
I have been running my long run during the week in the early AM, which enables me to enjoy the weekends with the family and only have to squeeze in four miles on Saturday Sunday; much more doable than ‘squeezing in’ 15, 18, or 20. Especially since I’m kinda slow.
I don’t do these runs later in the day because I can’t. It’s hot as Hades here in Florida right now. I’d die.
Now that my mileage will jump from 10 up to, eventually, 20, I have some decisions to make.
Do I continue an early morning schedule?
If so, this means getting up before 4 starting tomorrow, so I can return, have a cup of coffee and do my strength and mobility exercises and rolling post-run, and then get the girls ready for school.
OR do I change schedules around and run long on the weekend?
This means I could sleep in more on both days – my typical Wednesday or Friday long run day AND the weekend day, since I don’t have to be back by 6:15 to get my lovies ready for school.
For now I want to stick with A: up super duper ridiculously early. I like the family time on the weekends, and I do love my quiet early mornings before the sun rises.
This begs the question, though: How early is too early when distance training?
I thought I’d ask you!
What time you do you get up in the morning to run? Would you consider getting up before 4 AM to fit in a long run? I know a few of you that I follow on Twitter have mentioned getting up as early as 1 AM! I’m in awe! Then do you nap during the day? Can you get up that early, pump out 20 miles, go to work and still function until 8 PM that night? How does this work? Please share!
I have many questions about super early AM running! I love getting up and getting it done, and I know, realistically, it’s great practice to go long on little sleep since I never ever ever EVER sleep well the night before a big race.
Right now a 3 AM wake up call, if I am asleep by 10 or 10:30, is doable. It will work in my current schedule, though that schedule will change when I return to work. So I’m going to try it for now and see how it goes. Starting tomorrow for 12. Clock time: 3:15 AM. Before even the birds have begun their chatter. Actually, that’s even before the bats return!
How early is too early for you?
Enjoy your sole-filled journeys today!