June 6


Since I was running 6 miles this morning, I was also tempted to be super cheesy and run 6.66 miles but that would've taken too long. So instead I ran 6.04 in 53:30. I forgot to post about this, but a few weeks ago I decided that my "aha" moment was wrong. Well, maybe not wrong, but sleeping pills aren't the whole cause for running slow in the mornings. I've run in the morning a few times without the pills and was still slow. I have now decided it's a combination of having only woken up 15 minutes before running, not eating before running and the dark. Running in the dark feels faster, therefore a slower pace will feel faster in the dark than it does in the bright sun. I used to enjoy doing track workouts at night because it felt like I was flying. So I think this time I may have solved the mystery. Today it wasn't that dark at 5 AM (funny thing - I think we now have fewer hours of darkness than we have hours of light in the winter), and I possibly solved the eating issue by downing a carb-boom gel before running. I should eat gel more often - I only have 2 half-open boxes that expire in August.


DATE: 6/07/2006 7:37 PM
I can't believe you've been able to get through 10 without eating ... but then again, I didn't think I would be able to run 5 without eating. Amazing how the body can adapt sometimes. I could see how too much food could be a problem, too, though. Or the wrong food. I learned the hard way that I can't eat Powerbars while running; that mistake is what led me to try gels, which terrified me for some reason. I wish I could get out the door in 10 minutes. 15 minutes seems pretty speedy for me, sadly enough. I walk to the bathroom in slow motion, I think. I bet I'd be even slower if I didn't think ahead to lay stuff out in there the night before.

DATE: 6/07/2006 10:57 AM
I'm surprised I'm not slower in the morning, so not a morning person and I get up and head out the door in about 10 minutes (at least that's what I try) and I don't eat anything, but seem to stay about the same pace...I've even run up to 10 miles without eating...I know, bad...heck, I went Saturday with just a banana for 12...Maybe that was my problem last marathons, I ate too much!!