I got up early and went for my run IN THE MORNING. Pretty big deal. I vastly prefer working out in the morning for a variety of reasons, but with my commute and some living arrangement considerations it is very difficult for me to do any significant exercise before work during the week. Still, it’s so awesome to start my day off with my workout and not have to worry about squeezing it in later that I’m going to continue to play around and see if I can do it more consistently.
So a nice easy run. I went for time today instead of a fixed distance. Not sure why, I just felt like it. But I think I’m going to continue to mix it up and run sometimes for distance and sometimes for time. Changing the target metric of your run changes how you approach it. One year I ran with a good friend and we used a marathon prep program that was entirely time based rather than distance and it was fantastic. I did some of the best running and got into some of the best shape of my life during that time. Part of it was having a strong, consistent training partner but a I think a big part of it was the way that a time based program is elastic and auto adapts to your fitness and fatigue levels.