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?