Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Should I get out of bed and run?

On Monday night I revealed myself to be a golfing tragic, staying up until 1am watching the web updates of the Ryder Cup. I had planned on going running at 5am, but hadn’t banked on such a late night, or electing to sleep on the couch (being the perfect husband I didn’t  want to disturb my wife’s beauty sleep.).

So at 4:50am the alarm goes off, and I lie there for a couple of minutes wondering which of the angel or devil on my shoulders would put forward the most convincing argument. Truth is I’m 6 weeks out from a 175km race and I need to make the most of every decent training opportunity.

Begrudgingly I got myself together, and after about 5kms got into a decent rhythm, the pain of leaving the warmth of the sofa had gone. I did my favourite run up Mt Tinbeerwah and as I approached the top there was a bit of mist in the trees.

When I finally reached the top I was greeted with a great view from above the clouds. The other peaks in the area were poking their heads through and then being smothered as the clouds engulfed them again.

Cooroy Mountain
Check out rainbow effect on the shadow
Mount Cooroora
I stood watching them for much longer than I normally would, and I reflected on what I like about trail running. In short it’s not about the clock and you should enjoy the environment. It also reminded me of the many painful hours I spent staring at my watch while training for road marathons, and how happy I am to have them behind me!

By the time I had got home, the tiredness was gone, and I know that I had made the right decision to put on the shorts and get out the door. As Dean Karnazes says in Ultramarathonman, he always finishes a run feeling better than before he sets out, and that’s why he gets out there again and again.

So get out there, as warm as your bed may be, you’ll feel better for a run.

Happy running!


“Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.” - Edward Burk


  1. A fabulous way to start the day!

  2. Beautiful story and know exactly what you maen about the couch, we are so considerate us runners eh? Keep on keeping on Andy, you inspire me x

  3. Very nice story, I like reading it. You really have a nice blog here. I'll start following..More Power! :)

  4. Wow! What a gorgeous view! And a great blog post as well. So true. Although I am afraid I do not have such gorgeous views on most of my morning runs. I would LOVE that!

  5. Sometimes I drag myself out for a run in the hills before work and have been lucky enough to get above the clouds a few times - what an uplifting start to the day. Seeing your photos will make me get out of bed again and hopefully have a similar experience.

  6. Great post! I’m always very dedicated and seldom miss a run. I run early in the morning and nothing beats starting the day with a good run. Those views are fantastic! I always take some time to enjoy the surroundings when I’m running trails. 175km…wow, that sounds tough!

  7. It's nice to know these pictures may have been the tipping point between staying in bed or getting up to run.

    Johann, your dedication has also had a similar effect on me. I went out for 21kms this morning in torrential rain (we had 230mm overnight!) when normally I would have turned off the alarm and done some weights instead. But what a great feeling to get out, get wet and not worry about it!

    Thanks Guys!