Getting up at the crack of dawn is sometimes the only way you can fit running into your schedule, but running in the morning can be really hard, especially when you would normally still be in bed! I prefer an afternoon or evening run, but most of my long runs have to be done in the early morning hours because of my work schedule. During the hot summer months, running in the morning can also be a lot safer if daytime temps get into the 90’s or above!
It’s also important to get your body used to running early since most races start at that time too. If you only ever run in the afternoon but have a race that starts at 7am, you’re in for a rude awakening.
I’ve found a few ways to make early morning runs a little easier on myself. Sometimes it’s even enjoyable to be out running before the rest of the world wakes up!
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It’s been a while since I’ve shared an update on my marathon training. After a long few months of summer running, I finally started to feel like I was making progress in late July. I PR’d my 5k, which was a pretty big surprise. You can read that race recap here!
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Last year, I ran the torchlight 5k race for the first time, because a friend of mine really wanted to do it. I’m not big on 5k races, and I don’t really know why. I prefer to run long distances, but I’m usually more successful (ranking wise) at the shorter distances. And they’re pretty fun too since you’re only miserable for like 20 minutes! We decided to run again this year, and another friend of mine happened to be in town, so she was able to run it too!
After a few weeks of marathon training in really hot weather, we were lucky to have a non-humid 80 degree race day. The cool thing about the torchlight 5k is that it’s right before a big parade in Minneapolis, so the run is at 7:30pm and the course is along the parade route. Races are normally so early in the morning, but I always feel much faster running in the afternoon/evening!
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One of my favorite races of the year is the Red, White, and Boom half marathon in Minneapolis. This was the race that I first broke a 2:00 half marathon, on my second race ever. It usually ends up being a super hot and humid day, but something about the excitement of the race makes up for the weather! The race also follows a pretty flat and scenic course, with lots of people coming out to celebrate the event. The race finishes by running across the historic stone arch bridge which is always a great ending!
As I shared after my last half marathon, it’s been a rough season of racing for me. After having a great 10 mile race at goal pace, and feeling like my training was going so well, I got sick and it all fell apart in 2 half marathon attempts after that. I also discovered that I had an iron deficiency, and suspect that I was overtraining and exhausting my body between the two half marathon attempts.
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Running is one of the most simple sports. All you need is yourself and a pair of shoes! Despite this, the market is flooded with products aimed to help runners be better, faster, and more comfortable. Where do you even begin?
I try not to rely too much on gimmicky gear for running, because working on your body and mind is where you will actually make improvements. But, there are a few things that I have found along the way that I wouldn’t live without now. Here are my top suggestions that you won’t regret spending the money on:
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As you probably know, I’m big on having healthy snacks around at all times. Having snacks on hand throughout the day keeps me full in between meals, and it keeps me from being starving by the time I do get to eat a meal, which helps me be more mindful of what I make and eat.
One of my favorite go-to snacks are protein balls. They are a good homemade alternative to granola bars and can save you money too! I’ve experimented with a few different combinations, since I usually just use what is in my pantry, but this one has been my favorite combination so far!
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