Thursday, September 6, 2012

Night Treadmill Run Turned Wrong


Due to some scheduling changes in my life, I’m going to be running at night a few days a week – and then turning around and running the very next morning.  Unless they are training for one of those crazy relays where everyone stays up late and has naked pillow fights in vans (that is what happens at Ragnar, right??) I rarely encourage people I coach to do quick turn runs like that.  But, at the risk of seeming foolish (no risk, already there) or stupid (again, no risk, already there), I’m likely to do it a handful times a week for the foreseeable future.

Let's be clear: I’m a morning runner.  I’ve always been a morning runner.  This is partly due to the fact that I have a hard time doing it after a long day of work and the fact that I live on the surface of the sun where the temps are usually 100+ through midnight.  I’ve gotten used to 4am wake up calls and not eating anything before (but not during) a 14 mile mid week run.  Ah, but yesterday I forced myself to hydrate all day long, watched what I ate (read: nothing) in the afternoon and pounded out 14 miles on the treadmill.

Fortunately, I can avoid the heat now because I have a treadmill available.  In fact, I tweeted something about that last night:

It was interesting! In a "I think I caught the herps" kind of a way

Answer: of course!


I haven’t ran on a treadmill on a regular basis for years.  Coming up on two years actually.  So, this was a new occurrence for me to be sure.  It was like I was running for the first time:  Do I bring water? (Yes) Do I bring a towel? (I forgot) Do I really slap people on the ass? (Only if they are really cute guys in crop top shirts)  Overall, the run went pretty well. The last few miles were a struggle because I cranked it up to marathon pace around 6:50, but I got all 14 miles in and was able to shower and eat dinner before 9:30pm.  Success!!
I need to call those nice fellas....


But, when I got home, showered....something felt... Off...  I went to bed and proceeded to toss, turn, and shiver the entire night.  I think that either the gym or night running gave me the flu – or a really bad cold.
Stupid treadmill herpies
I think JM just might have my number on this one....


So, I didn’t run this morning. Just like the Catholic School Priests always said, above the head, proceed. below the head, STOP (and if you have a fever, stay in bed).  But, I will run these doubles very very soon – so, I need some tips!


Evening runners, how do you manage?  What about fueling for people with pretty sensitive stomachs?  Dinner before (never for me) or after?

18 comments:

Emz said...

You're. Killin. Me. On. This. One. TM herpes?! I can't breathe.

giraffy said...

I run after work, except on weekends (when apparently I have NO problem getting up before the sun, because I'm broken). I don't eat dinner before. I'm lucky that i'm out of work most days by 4, and able to start running by 5. I try to hydrate, but suck at it mostly. And, lucky for me, have a stomach of steel. Wheee.

And almost ALL of my runs are on a treadmill. <3.

Running In Boise said...

I hope your TM herpies clears up soon. I dont have much advice because if I run after work (its a 1:30am TM slog cuz I am a shift worker) and I may have a pre-workout drink before hand (vega pre-workout energizer because it doesn't amp me up to keep me from sleeping but gives a boost if I need to stay up for about an hour+ to get a run done) and my dinner is always at 9pm (lunch break). I don't recall having many gut issues on after work runs.

Runners Fuel said...

I always run after work. That's when I do all of my training. I usually eat my lunch around 3 and have a snack before I leave for the gym (around 5).

bakerunlive.com said...

No advice regarding the evening run. Actually I am here to lurk and read the answers, as this is something I am dealing with also. I am a morning person and am getting up at 3:30am just to fit in a 30 minute run. I am usually too mentally tired (which makes me physically tired) after work to workout, but I might not have a choice if I want to go longer than 30 minutes.

Quix said...

I used to run after work, if it was doable with both the temps and my schedule, I would do it all the time, sadly, I have to force myself to be an early bird. I'd just make sure I had a snack like fruit/something pure sugar beforehand for pepo and didn't eat anything obnoxious (like chipotle - salsa burps are no fun)for lunch, and I'd eat dinner after.

Yo Momma Runs said...

I love running at night, but it is a lot harder to plan eating around it. Never eat dinner before. That is just an explosion (top or bottom) waiting to happen. If I'm running really late, like 10:30 to midnight, I will eat a smallish meal at dinner and then eat again when I get home. It is a lot harder for me to get to sleep at a reasonable hour if I run until midnight. Those night runs result in a 2 a.m. bedtime.

Kim said...

Have you been hacked?? Someone just posted that you ran on a treadmill at night. ;p

Night runner? CHECK. Treadmill runner? CHECKITY CHECK.

I run when I get home from work, which is usually around 5:30pm. I rarely have tummy issues at this hour, I eat a light lunch (salad) and have a greek yogurt with granola around 2pm. By the time I get on the treadmill I'm fine. I rarely run more than 4-5 miles during the week night though. That's all the schedule of making dinner for the and carting her all over the place allows for.

WTG with 14 miles on the treadmill! I have done that much on the weekend (in the morning). I can't say I'd be too excited to do them during the week. Ahem. HINT HINT HINT.

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concretencoffee.com said...

No ass slaps... just wind up a towel and whip people as you walk by ;)

I love evening runs but never eat dinner before. Dinner is the absolute last thing I can eat and it has to be after a run or after work, I don't care if it's midnight. I did a quick turn-around run once, I wanna say 9 or 10 at night then 5 the next morning. I HAVE to eat though so I found liquid fuel is best. Like, almond milk & Carnation Instant Breakfast. Anything more and I get a little vommy.

E.R. said...

I'm the opposite... you people who run in the morning: U R Insane.

Me: Office job all day. Breakfast, work, lunch maybe, work, dinner 6pm to 7:3pm range.

No food 8pm to 10pm.

10pm grab the necessary gear and out the door by 10:15pm. Run until 'done' (generally 30 to 40 minutes).

Catch up on Seinfeld episodes and facebook, then to bed about 12:30a.m.

6:30 a.m. Start over.

Missy said...

I have never been a good evening runner. I had eaten dinner then ran and also waited to eat after, neither worked well.
Sorry you aren't feeling well, hope it passes quickly.
I tagged you on my blog for an inspiring blogger award. Not sure if man bloggers are into that but I tagged ya anyway ;-)
You do inspire me.

Sue's Ramblings said...

Morning runner. Check. Can eat anything prior to a run. Check. {Difficulty} in running later in the day (I always feel washed out and tired after a long day in the evening). Check. Can I get a membership to your club?

There's only (really, one, uno, eins) day that I run in the evening and that's Wednesdays - because it's a group run. And then follow that up with a morning run with a running buddy the next day.

Now, I'm asking again...can I get a membership to your club?

ChemE Runner said...

I am totally a morning runner! I can run in the evenings, and do so occasionally when I am too lazy to get out of bed in the morning. However, like you, I deal with high temps in the summer (central TX) so evenings runs are just not in the cards right now. One of the reasons I prefer running in the morning is that I like to run on an empty stomach, and that is much easier to do right out of bed. The most I fuel on a run is half a banana and a GU. Oh yea, I hate treadmills. Really impressed you busted out 14 miles on one, I think the most I've ever managed is between 4 and 4.5.

Dina said...

I mostly run after work and agree with the other comments that you cannot eat dinner before. I eat lunch around noon and typically have a snack around three (usually sting cheese and crackers or a piece of fruit). I eat dinner after I run.

Michael said...

Since no one else pointed it out...I will. If the sickness if "above your head" (as you put it), then you don't really have any :-)

Did we mean neck..?

You must have to start your day (on these few days) pretty early to not be able to do it in the morning. Seems like just getting up earlier would work, but I suppose it depends upon just how early. Personally, I can be done and showered with a 75 minute run by 6 a.m., but people vary. :-)

{lifeasa}RunningMom said...

I tend to run in the AM but always eat something small before my runs. My afternoon runs are harder but I still eat and run as normal. Just don't do jalapenos for lunch if you think you will be running later. Bad idea! But fortunately, I think my stomach is pretty strong.....

GothamJawa said...

I'm pretty much useless in the morning and at best energy in the afternoon, so I eat something nice and solid about an hour before I get out of work and then go for a run one to two hours after I get home. This gives me plenty of time to digest, hydrate, change, pee, stretch, pee again, tie my shoelaces, pee again, and then finally head out... after maybe peeing one last time.
I'm not sure how well that timetable is going to hold up through the dark of fall and winter in NY though.