I’ve never thought of myself as much of a stickler for routine. I’m definitely more of a “go with the flow” type of person, and I love a good surprise. However, in recent months I’ve found myself falling into quite a few rituals, and many of them involve my running and fitness habits.
Because I’m totally voyeuristic in my own blog reading (I love “Photo an Hour” posts like this and this, and I especially love seeing other people’s pantries, like when Emily posted the best.vlog.ever here), I assume that others are as well.
So without further ado, follow me on a journey through how I prepare to run anywhere from 3 to 10 miles… :-)
First of all, every single run I’ve done since mid-November has been in the morning. When I was unemployed, that meant “whenever I woke up”, so I’d usually run around 9:30 or 10am. Same thing goes for the weekends, except I tend to take my sweet time on Saturday mornings, so sometimes I don’t get out until closer to 11. These days, I wake up at 6:30am on Tuesdays and 6am on Thursdays to run 3.1 and 5.4 miles, respectively.
Until this month, I ate before every run. Always a piece of toast…usually with some kind of nut butter on it. Since I’m now waking up at 6-6:30am to run before work, I have been trying out fasted cardio during the week. I don’t really have an opinion one way or another about fasted cardio…I haven’t noticed much of a difference in my energy levels, weight, muscle mass, etc… MAYBE a little bit of weight loss, since I’m not eating before and after my runs on Tues & Thurs. It’s mostly just a convenience thing for me.
However, I always eat before my long runs on Saturday. I ran 10 miles the last two Saturdays, and I kinda think it would be foolish to not fuel before a run like that!
To avoid cramping, I eat immediately when I wake up and do the rest of my getting ready while the food digests ;)
I use fitmixer Clean Energy before any run that is 4 miles or longer. I just like that it really is CLEAN energy: raspberry ketones, green tea extract, etc. I never feel groggy before my runs, despite the fact that they’re usually before sunrise. This stuff definitely perks me up, and I credit it for keeping my pace up!
For the days when I’m running after sunrise, sunscreen is a MUST for me, at the very least on my face! This summer, I also started running with a hat when the weather calls for it. I had my first basal cell skin cancer on my scalp a little over a year ago, and with my family history it’s not likely to be my last so I’m not taking any chances!
Nowadays I have been running in long sleeved shirts with a hood…AND thumb holes…AND my convertible gloves-to-mittens. Oh and I have about 6 of those headbands in different colors! They keep my ears warm, my ear buds in place, and my hair out of my face!
The funny thing about wearing all of that is I usually shed it throughout my run. I do it as like a reward to myself… “OK Katie, once you get to 2 miles, you can take off your hood…” “Great job! Now at 3 miles you can take off your gloves…” “Alright, now at 4 miles you can roll up your sleeves….”
…Umm, please ignore the fact that running has generally just become an excuse for me to talk to myself for anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes in the morning…
Also, I can’t run without music. I used to have a running playlist, but as my mileage increased, the playlist became too short and I started playing my whole library on shuffle instead ;) These past couple of weeks I have started off my Tuesday morning 5K with Taylor Swift’s “Mean” because it is a seriously catchy and fast tempo song, and when I listen to it while running I start off at a 9:15/mi pace! I’ve been trying to break my 5K record of 27:07, but I can’t manage to break 27 minutes! Maybe I need to make a “fast running” playlist :)
Do we share any of the same running habits?
Do you eat before running? Any thoughts on fasted cardio?