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Early Morning Sessions

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  • 30-07-2018 10:34pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 74 ✭✭


    Hi,
    What are peoples feelings on doing a session(intervals, tempo etc) early in the morning say 8am?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,340 ✭✭✭TFBubendorfer


    As long as you are properly warmed up it's perfectly doable.

    8 am is not particularly early in the morning, btw


  • Registered Users Posts: 74 ✭✭St.Brigids


    Would have thought the same thing, however being told I am doing myself no favours doing it that early?


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,582 ✭✭✭Swashbuckler


    I find morning sessions very tough as the body isn't fully awake for me even with a warmup and I usually haven't eaten. In terms of whether you should or shouldn't do them in the morning I can't think of any reason why not. They may just feel tougher. Although not ideal to be doing sessions on an empty stomach I would think.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,250 ✭✭✭coogy


    I've become completely accustomed to early morning starts now, particularly at the weekend. It wouldn't be unusual for me to be up at 5:45am and heading out the door by about 6:15.
    Great feeling when you return home and the rest of the family are just waking up!!


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,340 ✭✭✭TFBubendorfer


    St.Brigids wrote: »
    Would have thought the same thing, however being told I am doing myself no favours doing it that early?

    You won't quite hit the same numbers than if you were doing the session in the afternoon because of physiological factors - you hit your physical peak in the afternoon and the morning numbers will always lag behind by a small margin.

    However, it certainly won't do you any harm, provided you are well warmed up, if that's what the warning was all about.

    If early mornings suits you better than evening sessions then there is no real compelling reason not to do them in the morning.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,614 ✭✭✭overpronator


    Most races are in the morning, before noon anyway so it's probably not a bad thing to get used to. Not that I do it myself!


  • Registered Users Posts: 74 ✭✭St.Brigids


    Well I have been doing session before work and now being told by coach not to.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,582 ✭✭✭Swashbuckler


    St.Brigids wrote:
    Well I have been doing session before work and now being told by coach not to.

    For what reason?


  • Registered Users Posts: 74 ✭✭St.Brigids


    Saying it is not doing me any favours and I will run myself into the ground? Was did 6x 5mins off 1 min


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,582 ✭✭✭Swashbuckler


    St.Brigids wrote:
    Saying it is not doing me any favours and I will run myself into the ground? Was did 6x 5mins off 1 min

    It's hard to tell what he means without knowing what the rest of your training looks like. Out of context, running morning sessions is no issue but in the context of you running multiple hard days in a week, or not recovering or not getting enough sleep your coach may be right.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,807 ✭✭✭skyblue46


    St.Brigids wrote: »
    Saying it is not doing me any favours and I will run myself into the ground? Was did 6x 5mins off 1 min

    5 mins at what pace?


  • Registered Users Posts: 74 ✭✭St.Brigids


    was at 10k pace


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,807 ✭✭✭skyblue46


    St.Brigids wrote: »
    was at 10k pace

    Ah grand. Anyway back to your question. I work shifts and do sessions at any time between 6am and 8pm. I can't say I noticed any difference between them.


  • Registered Users Posts: 74 ✭✭St.Brigids


    Thank a million for the backup. I work 10-6. Morning suits better as anything can come up in the evening. I really didn't think it made much difference myself.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,984 ✭✭✭Duanington


    They can be a little tougher on the body ( and the mind) but I can't think of any reason not to do them, we have to work with the windows of opportunity we have !
    I've done Saturday morning sessions for quite a while now, sometimes out on empty and while they can feel that bit tougher, I think once you don't fret over hitting certain numbers you can't really go wrong


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,082 ✭✭✭BeepBeep67


    Preparing for a morning session begins the night before, experiment with what you eat, how much you eat and when you eat and obviously when you need to hit the hay.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,417 ✭✭✭Lazare


    St.Brigids wrote: »
    Hi,
    What are peoples feelings on doing a session(intervals, tempo etc) early in the morning say 8am?

    Currently doing my Wed sessions early mornings, around 5:30. Marathon training, so it's long runs with stuff, hence the 5:30.

    I don't have a choice, but if I did I would still do sessions early morning. When you run early, you're forced to sleep well. 10pm sleeping does wonders for recovery.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,662 ✭✭✭Trampas


    I sometimes fall out of bed into my running gear and out the door 5:30-6am. Do my usual 10-15 minute warm up.

    I could do anything from 1km to 3 mile intervals or longer tempo runs.

    If anything your heart rate might be a few beats lower.

    Nothing better than having your run done early than having it hanging over your head all day


  • Registered Users Posts: 74 ✭✭St.Brigids


    Trampas wrote: »
    I sometimes fall out of bed into my running gear and out the door 5:30-6am. Do my usual 10-15 minute warm up.

    I could do anything from 1km to 3 mile intervals or longer tempo runs.

    If anything your heart rate might be a few beats lower.

    Nothing better than having your run done early than having it hanging over your head all day

    Thanks a mil, This is how I feel also. I prefer to have it done. Its not nice having it sitting over you after a day of work, if you can get it done earlier at a reasonable enough time.


  • Registered Users Posts: 15,704 ✭✭✭✭RayCun


    Your heart rate being a few beats lower points to the problem, actually. Early in the morning, your body is just not as ready for a hard session. You are unlikely to be able to hit the same paces and the same effort levels as you would a few hours later.

    If you look at professional athletes, they don't roll out of bed and straight into a session. They do their hard work after they've been up a few hours.

    We're not professionals, we have to fit our training around work and other commitments, and sometimes that means doing sessions first thing, or late at night, or squeezed into a lunch break. But just because that's when we have to do it doesn't mean it's a good time to do it.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,582 ✭✭✭Swashbuckler


    I'm still a bit puzzled as to why your coach thinks you're flogging yourself. It points to more than just early morning sessions to me.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,178 ✭✭✭MY BAD


    Early morning sessions are grand, I suppose there is a higher risk of injury if your not fully warmed up. If I can't get to training in the evening I'll do an morning session but I won't preform at the same level as you would in the late afternoon. Two main reasons, your core body temperature is cooler in the morning so muscles aren't firing on all cylinders and your body produces more testosterscone during sessions in late afternoon compared to morning. It's good practice for your body if you plan to race in the morning doing am sessions but I find I race better in the evening.


  • Registered Users Posts: 74 ✭✭St.Brigids


    I'm still a bit puzzled as to why your coach thinks you're flogging yourself. It points to more than just early morning sessions to me.

    He said I can't continue to do them early as i'm hardly awake. That will have to do them in the evening or else just run.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,178 ✭✭✭MY BAD


    BeepBeep67 wrote: »
    Preparing for a morning session begins the night before, experiment with what you eat, how much you eat and when you eat and obviously when you need to hit the hay.

    Out of interest what's your evening routine if you've a early morning session planned?


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