I´m an early goer by necesity. I live in Guayaquil, Ecuador which is close to the Equator so daytime is mostly 88deg with 90% humidity. My running time is 4:30am and a relatively crisp 75deg and it makes a big difference. Plus I just love being able to run with the streets all to myself. Safer too! Not many muggers awake at 5am
OVER 50 PRs
5K - 31:50 5K La Joya 2011 - Aug 2011
10K - 1:14:30 at Guayaquil Half Marathon - Jul 2011
Half - 2:32:22 at Guayaquil Marathon - Oct 2011
InterAmerican Family Fun Run (5k) 36:04 (Previous Year 39:22)
Emelec 5K 33:16
15 June - 5K Ciudad Celeste
22 June 5K por los Ninos
1 July - Guayaquil Half Marathon
5 August - 5K La Joya
2 September - 30K Milagro
7 October - Guayaquil Marathon
18 November - 5K Villa Club
2 December - 5K DM3
I'd definitely be running at 5:00am if I felt safe running that early here. Unfortunately, the route I run isn't very well lit, and the roads aren't perfectly maintained. I can navigate it just fine by daylight, but I could easily see twisting an ankle running too early. I do all my runs before 9:00am regardless, because it gets pretty darn warm here in the late morning/early afternoon, and it is extraordinarily humid (running in Kahului, HI). Also, I've kinda grown to like running just after the sun's up.
I've learned by trial and error that I do my best early AM. If I wait until after work I struggle to get my runs in. I don't really have a good place here on the road, and if I just run up and down my street I give up and come back in the house, so I get up and go to the Y and run on the indoor track there. Not many people, still cool in there, gets me energized for the day. Funny think is I've NEVER been a morning person. It takes me hours to wake up, but not after running. Course I'm not sure just how safe I really am driving that early!
Kristy in NC
3/12/11 - St. Patricks Day 5K - First 5K - 43 min
7/4/11 - Peachtree Road Race - 1hr 30 min
9/2/11 - BB&T Sunset 5K - 40:48
10/22/11 - Rocktoberfest 5K - 38:53
11/5/11 - CommYOUnity 5K - 37:22
11/24/11 - Butterball 5K - 37:03
3/25/12 - Charlotte Motor Speedway 5K - 34:21
I run with a group that runs at 5am on thursdays and we just started a speed training program on tuesdays at 5 also. During the winter months it was very hard to get out there when it was couple degrees above freezing.
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