Over the years I’ve definitely transitioned into an early riser. There once was a time when I would sleep in until 11am. Now I’m up at 5am. Why such a ridiculous hour? Let’s face it – I’m a morning person. I’ve often done an hour long workout, ate breakfast, had a couple cups of coffee, read a chapter in my book, checked my email, and walked 30 minutes to work all before 8am. Not bad.
Is it difficult for me to get out of bed at 5am? Some days, hell yeah. Some days, no problem. The key is to make it a ROUTINE. Like any new routine, it’s difficult at first. You continue to hit snooze until it’s too late to workout. You tell yourself that you’ll go for your run after work. You check the temperature and tell yourself it’s too cold or too dark. You make up a million excuses. Are these excuses going to get you that BQ time? No. Are these excuses going to make you stronger? No. Are these excuses going to make you feel better? No. But once you get through the first, second, third week you’re laughing (along with getting stronger and feeling better).
I don’t know about you, but if I miss my morning workout I dwell on it ALL DAY LONG. It’s like a nagging voice in the back of my head that doesn’t turn off… ‘should’ve went for that run’, ‘you could’ve made it to the gym for CrossFit’. It’s way easier if I just get if done with at the crack of dawn. Of course, if you prefer working out in the evening, then go for it! I’m definitely not making you get out of bed. I’m just saying that it’s all about the routine – whether you prefer to workout in the morning or in the evening.
I remember awhile back reading an article in Runner’s World, ‘Running on “E”‘. The article talked about how Reid Coolsaet and Eric Gillis, Canadian marathoners, “performed some of their runs on empty tanks”. In other words, they ate breakfast after their morning run. By not eating before a run, your body is working harder and you are teaching it to burn carbs more efficiently (key for successful racing). I had thought about incorporating this approach into my training, but didn’t really get around to doing it. I love having my toast&almond butter, banana, and coffee first thing. (Did I ever tell you I’m a sucker for routine.) Although the article states there is no direct correlation between running on “E” and faster race times, both Canadian marathoners did run personal bests. So after rereading this article, perhaps I’ll try and break habit (yeah right) and incorporate this running on an empty stomach approach into my training. Could this be the key to my BQ?
Do you prefer to workout first thing, lunch, or right after work?
Do you train on an empty stomach?