For the first time in a long time I actually woke up at 5am for a run before work. It had been so long since I had done this that I had forgotten how great the feeling of waking up and pushing the pace early can feel. Sure, I wake up early on the weekends to run, but I don't go work an 8+ hour day right after that. Instead, it is off to breakfast and then time to surf the web or catch up on some shows I've got on the DVR.
This morning was different. I laced up my shoes and started off into the darkness at around 5:10am. The birds were chirping, but that was about the only activity. No cars, no pollution, no pollen.. it was great!
I ran the first mile at an warm-up pace around 8:10/mile. For the next 1.5 miles I ran at 7:00/mile which is slower than my normal tempo pace. It was a little hard to judge the pace since it was pitch black, but it felt good. The last mile I backed it off a bit to cool down.
I made it home, stretched, blended up a protein strawberry smoothie, and walked Cooper. It turned out to be a perfect way to start the morning and I plan on making this a regular occurrence throughout the week.