Thursday, October 21, 2010

Morning Run

Stupid alarm.  4:30 already?  Ugh.  It is dark outside. And cold.

It is so warm under those covers, and I really want to just stay right there.  

OK. I rip myself out of bed, put on my glasses.  Bailey wastes no time and takes my place, he puts his big hairy butt right on my pillow, the jerk.  John pets him and tells him he is a good boy as Bailey's tail goes thump thump thump on the bed.  I am sure they are both back asleep before I am out the bedroom door.

I wander downstairs, fumble around for the light switch.  Force my contacts into my eyes, brush my teeth, and note the thick frost on the trucks outside.  I also note the temperature is about almost 20 degrees. Isn't it October?

I remind myself that 20 degrees is going to be T-shirt weather come Feburary, and will myself to continue moving forward.

Since I slept in my running clothes for that day (What? Doesn't everyone?), I just had to pull on some socks, tie up my running shoes, and grab a warm hat.  Mentally, I am just not into this right now, I am kind of more into getting back into bed and sleeping another hour.

"Come on Mandy," I tell myself as I feel my resolve start to dwindle, "it is only 4 miles, you always have 4 more miles in you, no matter what."  I force myself out the door, about 10 minutes from wake up to running.  Some would say that is quick, (what no breakfast? Coffee? Tea?) but for a shorter run less than 6 miles, that is pretty much how I roll (Hi Ange! I don't eat before my super early morning runs!)

As soon as I start running, I am thrilled to be out there.  My breath comes out in little white puffs as I run through town, past all of the dark houses, people still in their warm covers.  Early runs in the winter mean I am running the Main Street Treadmill.  Not overly exciting, but it gets the job done without me getting hit by a log truck, which is always nice. 

The time and miles pass quickly - when you are running back and forth under the lights of a town with 60 people in it, it is pretty easy to let your mind go blank.  Sometimes I get to see a moose, but not this morning, which is OK, because I am pretty content just to be moving in the cool morning. 

As I finish my third lap by the houses in town, a few lights turn on.  People are just getting up, rubbing their eyes, turning on their coffee machines.  The fact that I put 4 miles in before they even got out of bed makes me smile.


Only 275 days until Ironman Lake Placid!

31 comments:

KC (my 140 point 6 mile journey) said...

And this is why in 275 days you will be kicking some serious ass. It's the little sacrifices (4:30am wake ups) and totally worth it. Hell, there will be plenty of time to be warm and resting when you're dead. Way to tough it out this morning and git'er done.

Ironman By Thirty said...

Nice work! You sure are dedicated to leave a warm bed at 4:30 in the morning. I don't know if I would have it in me.

Jon said...

Thanks for making us look like slackers! Jerk!

hehe

Just kidding on the slacker thing. Still serious about the Jerk thing.

hehe

Molly said...

Nothing like getting ahead of the game before the day even starts!

P said...

Love. This. Post. Early morning runs are my favorite!

Laura said...

Way to get er done! I always remind myself that I don't ever REGRET getting out of bed, but I do REGRET staying in bed!

Jeff - DangleTheCarrot said...

I am sure my wife was thinking the same thing as you when she got up this morning and our Bailey replaced her in the bed! And Bailey and I were fast asleep before she even left ..hehe

Quinton J said...

You described why I love morning runs to a tee. “My breath comes out in little white puffs as I run through town, past all of the dark houses, people still in their warm covers.” …Just awesome.
There is also something cool about running under street lights…something warm and romantic. Errr…okay…maybe not romantic… I also love how it’s so hard to get yourself up when you’re SO warm in bed and it’s SO cold outside – But how AMAZING it feels once you get going.
It looks like we roll the same too…I take a few sips of water if I’m running less than 8 miles...but that’s it.

Awesome post. You just made me right a note to myself to get my stuff ready tonight for tomorrow morning.

Mary IronMatron said...

I had one of those mornings... but I went to the pool.
The pool in the morning isn't peaceful, really. It's like entering a time warp. The lights at 5 a.m. are the same as the lights at noon--it could be any time of day. And everyone is awake and chatting and then swimming.
When you leave the pool after your workout, and the cool air bites you and the sun is still rising it is a bizarre, but really awesome feeling.

ONEHOURIRONMAN said...

4:30? I think there are laws against that down here in Florida...

Big Daddy Diesel said...

I love it, thats why you are a rockstar, 99% of the world would have rolled back over and went to bed, we are the exception, Maybe that why only 0.02 percent of the world does what we do

Christi said...

What an awesome job! You are making the sacrifices necessary to kick butt in IM Lake Placid. I mean getting out of a warm bed is really hard!!

She said I need a goal said...

You are my hero!! I need to learn to do this but my energy levels are so low in the morning. Maybe it gets better with practice.

Runners Fuel said...

4:30 is so early. I love getting up early (7) on the weekends and running. It is nice getting the miles in before people get up. I feel accomplished when that happens!

Luke said...

I am always amazed at the temps you train in. Iw as whining about 39 degrees last weekend.

Christy said...

But you did it...despite you're not wanting to! I love days like that!

http://christy-goingthedistance.blogspot.com/

Emz said...

I love morning runs. Of the running kind. but 20 degrees?! Did I read that right?! Holy crap!

You are so awesome.

Anne-Marie said...

This post makes me feel soooo guilty because yesterday morning, my alarm went off at 6:30 to do a ~30 min run, but I decided that my bedroom was freezing and I didn't want to get out of my cozy warm bed. The temperature outside was 37 according to my cell phone, which didn't help to motivate me. I promptly reset my alarm for 7:45 and went back to sleep.

These days will definitely pay off for you at IMLP! Great job!

Love the bit about Bailey jumping into your spot in bed too!

Lesley @ racingitoff.com said...

I admit that I hate waking up early, but I love the feeling when I'm done and I still have a full day ahead of me! Way to get it done.

Aimee said...

Awesome! I love morning runs too! The problem is that sometimes the covers really do convince me to go back to sleep...ha ha!!

Jason said...

That is just awesome. I use those same types of things when it is 4:30am, but I do eat something and have a cup of coffee before hitting the road.

There is something to running in the dark before everybody is awake. It is liberating or something like that.

Best part I think is that when I'm done running I can say to myself I am done excercising for the day and don't need to find the time and stress out about it.

This is going to have to be shared tomorrow on my blog (if you don't mind) because it is inspirational and motivational.

Robin said...

Sleeping in your running clothes, now why didn't I think of that before? Way to get out there and get the miles in.

TreeMapper said...

Too funny... If I wore my running shorts to bed, it would take Carole 3.5 seconds to boot me and my smelly shorts out of bed! Your John must be tough or lost his sense of smell! Great post Mandy...

Run Strong

The Green Girl said...

::high fives::

Black Knight said...

Great job, only a real and competitive runner gets up at 04.30 for the workout. Congrats. Great post.

Glenn Jones said...

*This* is the commitment and desire I need to find once again. Motivating! Thanks!

Tee said...

This is inspiring!!!

M. Louise Cunningham said...

Hey! Someone from my neck of the Maine woods! I'm from Bingham... I stumbled upon your blog and it's amazing. I have lots of questions about how you got started in your running etc... are you on facebook or any place where I can email ya?

Caratunk Girl said...

Thank you all for the awesome comments! I need to get back to responding to them all, which I will do shortly.

M, I sent you a message :)

If anyone wants to contact me directly you can do so at manfarr1974 (at) yahoo (dot) com.

AM-GoalsfortheWeek said...

hi there!

nice job. love those type of runs and highs.
happy friday and fall weekend;)

Brybrarobry said...

Getting up at 4:30 am, that's crazy!!! I'm usually not in bed by then. hahaha.

And bailey, dragging his ass on your pillow, ewe...that's all wrong. haha

B