Always feel faster in the mornings

“We’re at that part of the year now where I am fully justified in using a head torch”

There’s something about running first thing which makes you think that you’re moving much quicker that you actually are. Even the usual first mile which I definitely know is always intentionally slow felt quicker than usual. There must be something to this, probably because you’ve been lead down for the best part of 8 hours. Who knows.

We’re at that part of the year now where I am fully justified in using a head torch straight out of the door. However, we’re also in the part where half to 3/4 way through I can turn it off and run in the dawn light. It’s great. I try to time my run and devise my routes so that I’m coming across the moor at that time, and this morning I got it spot on.

Mist was rolling across the landscape to either side of me, sheep and cows slept and the sun began to creep up from behind the hilly terrain in the distance. It was awesome. There’s only a couple of months of the year where you get this junction of perfect conditions, the other obviously being in spring. This time of year though, it’s only going to be darker for longer and thus I’ll have more use for the head torch, not less.

Which reminds me, I must put it on charge ready for tomorrow.

“90mins of running pre-dawn really puts you into the training mindset.”

Today was a “medium long run” as I believe they call it in the trade. 90mins of running pre-dawn really puts you into the training mindset. It’s these runs which you’re most likely to see those improvements, and I’m beginning to feel nearer to the fitness I left behind at my last race season, before the joy of summer and the hot weather took hold. How far away does that feel now, by the way?

With that return to fitness however means the routes I used to run are now shorter than I need them to be. Thus, here begins a few weeks of finding those new routes to run. Always an exciting time.

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