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phaedrus


Joined: 26 Nov 2004
Posts: 37

getting ready to run in the morning Posted: Fri Dec 10, 2004 12:17 pm 

If you run in the early morning, what's your normal routine? Do you go straight from bed to your running clothes and get out the door within 5 minutes of the alarm, or do you have a longer routine? Do most people take the time to comb their hair or brush their teeth before they head out for a morning run?

I used to have a routine that involved up to three showers a day, and that got old fast. I'd shower in the morning before work, then run during lunch, showering after the run. During peak training, I'd run again in the evening, showering once more before going to bed so my wife wouldn't complain about my stench. Whew!

Whenever possible, I'm in favor of the least possible amount of prep for runs. If I run in the morning, I roll out of bed and head out the door within minutes.


Rickshaw
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
San Francisco, CA
Joined: 26 Nov 2004
Posts: 1157

Re: getting ready to run in the morning Posted: Sat Dec 11, 2004 11:04 am 

I need a few minutes in the bathroom after the alarm goes off, then I'm ready to go. I don't care what I look like while running, and any extra time spent beautifying myself before a morning run just means I have to wake up that much earlier.

sfird
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
Long Island, NY
Joined: 10 Dec 2004
Posts: 80

Re: getting ready to run in the morning Posted: Sun Dec 12, 2004 8:01 am 

For short runs (5-10) miles, I'm up and out the door. For my long runs, however, I normally get up 2 hours early so that I can eat, put the water on the course and go to the bathroom. During the summer when its real hot this routine is a pain as I have to get up around 4 am so I can start running at 6 am to avoid the heat of the day.

Rickshaw
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
San Francisco, CA
Joined: 26 Nov 2004
Posts: 1157

Re: getting ready to run in the morning Posted: Sun Dec 12, 2004 11:25 am 

sfird wrote:
During the summer when its real hot this routine is a pain as I have to get up around 4 am so I can start running at 6 am to avoid the heat of the day.


4 am! Ouch!!! What time do you go to bed?

Is there no route you can run that goes by water sources, so you don't have to spend time setting out bottles? Or could you run with a large water bladder on your back?


sfird
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
Long Island, NY
Joined: 10 Dec 2004
Posts: 80

Re: getting ready to run in the morning Posted: Sun Dec 12, 2004 4:38 pm 

When I get up at 4, which is only on hot days in the summer, I go to bed around 10 which really isn't that bad. This is especially true since I lay around most of the day after my long run. I don't have any convenient routes with water fountains or stores. I could carry water but I prefer putting bottles out. First, I'm up anyway to eat and mainly go to the bathroom. Putting the water out gives me something to do although sometimes I put it out the night before. Second, having water bottles every 2.5 miles replicates the marathon experience as I know where the water stops are located. Overall, not a bad way to go. The major downside is when someone else takes a water bottle. This has happened twice in 4 years. Since the second time I started hiding the bottles pretty well. One time when I was putting the bottles out a police car stopped and the officer asked me what I was doing. At the time I was in my running shorts, singlet and running shoes. When I told him what I was doing, it took a few seconds for it to register and even then I don't think he believed me. I guess he thought I was a terrorist looking to blow up a water hydrant.

Jim2

Pasadena, MD
Joined: 09 Dec 2004
Posts: 5

I Simply..... Posted: Sun Dec 12, 2004 7:24 pm 

.....don't do windows or mornings. ;-)

I can't do anything before I have had breakfast, a pot of coffee, and read the morning paper. Except for races, my running is always in the afternoon and evening. Of course, I am retired and have that luxury. :-)

Even before I retired, the only morning runs I did were long runs on Saturday morning and races on Sunday. All other running was done in the evening after work. I ran 1500-2100 miles per year with 60-70% of it in the evenings.

When I did run in the morning....eeither a long run or a race....it was usually after at least brushing my teeth, combing my hair and drinking a cup of coffee and a glass of Powerade.


alfa011

Puerto Rico
Joined: 05 Nov 2005
Posts: 3

Re: getting ready to run in the morning Posted: Sat Nov 05, 2005 6:32 pm 

I am one of those that get out of bed at 4:00 am to run at the track five days a week. In order to save time I sleep with my shirt and running shorts and socks and just put my shoes and Polar chestband in my way to the car where I have a 12 ounce of water already waiting for me. I usually start running @ 4:25 am. I run with a Sony jogging radio and run while I listen to TV audio and local radio news. I have been doing this for sometime and I have really to motivate me to get out of the bed so early. But it is the best option for me as the track is always full with people in the evenings. I try to be at bed no later than 9:00 pm.
Alvin


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