Regular readers of my blog will know that I am quite a fan of the early morning run. Some people say to me “I don’t know how you can do that” or “I’m not a morning person”. I know it can be a struggle, the prospect of another hour in a nice warm bed, or getting out into the cold, dark, wet and cruel outdoors – no contest you may say. The reward though is a great feeling that carries you forth into the day.
When we went on holiday to Slovenia last year, we swam in a mountain lake that was so cold it was painful. Although my wife Helen is made of sterner stuff, I had to withdraw pretty quickly because I couldn’t stand it. However, I am told that if I had repeated that dip for several days, I would find that my body would acclimatise and the temperature would become quite bearable.
This is analogous to getting up early in the morning for a run. Until this morning, I had not gone out early for over a month and getting out of bed was especially hard. However, once I was out and warmed up I felt great but I have a feeling I will have to invoke willpower for the next few times until I am acclimatised again!
It’s a great way to start the day and it does really set you up so I encourage every runner to go through the pain and give it a try. Just be careful though, at that time in the morning, your body is not warmed up so take it steady and don’t try and break any speed records. A few years ago I got some injuries while out in the morning and my physio told me it was to do with not being warmed up properly. Since then I have been fine though, taking it easy for the first few miles!
“The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armour of light.” Romans 13:12 NIVUK http://bible.com/113/rom.13.12.nivuk