Thursday Morning Early

Another nice early morning run (3:21 AM). I saw fewer than 10 cars on this one and ran under a perfectly clear sky lit by a very bright moon to the west. This caps a PR for monthly mileage at 286.76 miles, 11+ miles longer than the previous PR.

The Quiet Quilt

Time: 57:45 | Miles: 6.01 | Pace: 9:37 | Cadence: 160 | Avg HR: 115 | Max HR: 123 | Calories: 532 | Temp: 48 | Wind: 5 E | Humidity: 96% | Garmin Link

This was another easy early morning run in a very quiet Iowa City – me and twenty-five cars.

Though I thought it might be a run in the rain, the weather gods spared me. It stopped raining just before I stepped out the door and started again right after I got home.

As much as I love the early morning runs, they’re never easy. I head out the door on a glass of water and a banana, so I’m not particularly well-fueled. The Thursday morning runs usually follow pretty quickly on the heels of Wednesday quality runs. Though I did go fourteen under 9:00 per mile last night, it wasn’t a hard quality run.

However, this one did feel like a continuation of last night’s run. My legs were stiff, especially the quads. I felt a small twinge in the left achilles, though it wasn’t painful and went away in less than a block. It didn’t seem as though my hip flexors had recovered at all from the Wednesday long run. So, the physical element of the run, much like the other early mornings, wasn’t all that great.

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Relaxing at 3:20 AM

Time: 1:06:59 | Miles: 7.01 | Pace: 9:34 | Cadence: 159 | Avg HR: 113 | Max HR: 127 | Calories: 625 | Temp: 57° | Wind: 6 SSE | Humidity: 90% | Garmin Link

3:20 AM. I love these early morning runs. I don’t necessarily love getting up at 3:00, but I do love the relaxed pace and quiet of Iowa City.

I did get a bit of rain this morning, but it wasn’t much.

I ran the new favorite early 7 course. It’s a nice mix of flat and hills with a number of places that are perfect for mixing up the pace if I choose. Or, I can stay steady and just enjoy both neighborhoods and downtown areas.

In the second half of the abandoned quality run yesterday, I’d pretty much made up my mind that I’d push this run to the evening. By the time I got home it was, “We’ll see how I feel in the morning.” By the time I went to bed, I knew I was going to run this early and had done all the night-before prep to get out the door quickly.

And, it was exactly what I needed. Easy, relaxed, comfortable – a reminder of why I love to run. In short, it was everything necessary to put the run from last night in the proper perspective.

I’ll only now need to make up another 4 miles total on Friday and Saturday to make the mileage goal for the week. Piece of cake.