Because the sunrise is getting later and later, it's very hard to get out of bed for a morning workout. However, I managed to wake up at 6 am this morning for an outdoor run.
The best tip I can offer for a morning run is to get your stuff ready the night before. Lay out your clothes, your socks, your shoes, your watch, etc. right next to the bed. Better yet, sleep in your running clothes. I personally haven't done that yet though. Another thing I do is fill up a glass of water and put it on my bedside table so I can sit up and drink a bunch immediately. If you have any tips for your morning workouts, feel free to share them!
Running in the morning is kind of a tease: you think you're going as fast as you normally do, but you're not. My miles were 15-30 seconds slower than they would be during an afternoon run. Granted - I had only been awake a short period of time, and I had nothing in me except water. I'm not expecting to have a run of a lifetime that early!
Close to two miles into my run, a cyclist passed me and yelled, "You're invincible!" For a while I thought about whether he said invisible or invincible, and I wasn't invisible, so I've decided that he definitely said invincible. It was a nice compliment!
One thing I like about running in the dark is that your mind seems to turn to the internal than the external. You can't see your surroundings well, so you don't get too distracted by the scenery or other people. What I seem to focus on is how my feet are hitting the pavement, or my breathing, or how I'm holding my arms. It's kind of like doing your own tune up: is the left side of my body doing the same thing as my right side?
This week's planned workouts:
Wednesday: run + strength and/or swim (AM workout at the gym)
Saturday: run 5-6 at Bernheim Forest (location of 10k)
Have a great day!