Fitness Friday: My Running Routine

I’ve never thought of myself as much of a stickler for routine. I’m definitely more of a “go with the flow” type of person, and I love a good surprise. However, in recent months I’ve found myself falling into quite a few rituals, and many of them involve my running and fitness habits.

Because I’m totally voyeuristic in my own blog reading (I love “Photo an Hour” posts like this and this, and I especially love seeing other people’s pantries, like when Emily posted the best.vlog.ever here), I assume that others are as well.

So without further ado, follow me on a journey through how I prepare to run anywhere from 3 to 10 miles… :-)

First of all, every single run I’ve done since mid-November has been in the morning. When I was unemployed, that meant “whenever I woke up”, so I’d usually run around 9:30 or 10am. Same thing goes for the weekends, except I tend to take my sweet time on Saturday mornings, so sometimes I don’t get out until closer to 11. These days, I wake up at 6:30am on Tuesdays and 6am on Thursdays to run 3.1 and 5.4 miles, respectively.

how i fueled before my first 10k in september!

Until this month, I ate before every run. Always a piece of toast…usually with some kind of nut butter on it. Since I’m now waking up at 6-6:30am to run before work, I have been trying out fasted cardio during the week. I don’t really have an opinion one way or another about fasted cardio…I haven’t noticed much of a difference in my energy levels, weight, muscle mass, etc… MAYBE a little bit of weight loss, since I’m not eating before and after my runs on Tues & Thurs. It’s mostly just a convenience thing for me.

However, I always eat before my long runs on Saturday. I ran 10 miles the last two Saturdays, and I kinda think it would be foolish to not fuel before a run like that!

To avoid cramping, I eat immediately when I wake up and do the rest of my getting ready while the food digests ;)

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I use fitmixer Clean Energy before any run that is 4 miles or longer. I just like that it really is CLEAN energy: raspberry ketones, green tea extract, etc. I never feel groggy before my runs, despite the fact that they’re usually before sunrise. This stuff definitely perks me up, and I credit it for keeping my pace up!

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For the days when I’m running after sunrise, sunscreen is a MUST for me, at the very least on my face! This summer, I also started running with a hat when the weather calls for it. I had my first basal cell skin cancer on my scalp a little over a year ago, and with my family history it’s not likely to be my last so I’m not taking any chances!

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Nowadays I have been running in long sleeved shirts with a hood…AND thumb holes…AND my convertible gloves-to-mittens. Oh and I have about 6 of those headbands in different colors! They keep my ears warm, my ear buds in place, and my hair out of my face!

The funny thing about wearing all of that is I usually shed it throughout my run. I do it as like a reward to myself… “OK Katie, once you get to 2 miles, you can take off your hood…” “Great job! Now at 3 miles you can take off your gloves…” “Alright, now at 4 miles you can roll up your sleeves….”

…Umm, please ignore the fact that running has generally just become an excuse for me to talk to myself for anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes in the morning…

Also, I can’t run without music. I used to have a running playlist, but as my mileage increased, the playlist became too short and I started playing my whole library on shuffle instead ;) These past couple of weeks I have started off my Tuesday morning 5K with Taylor Swift’s “Mean” because it is a seriously catchy and fast tempo song, and when I listen to it while running I start off at a 9:15/mi pace! I’ve been trying to break my 5K record of 27:07, but I can’t manage to break 27 minutes! Maybe I need to make a “fast running” playlist :)

Do we share any of the same running habits?

Do you eat before running? Any thoughts on fasted cardio?

26 thoughts on “Fitness Friday: My Running Routine

  1. Do we share the same running habits? Hahahahahahaha. Good one. Really though, you’ve been absolutely killing it on the running front! It’s so awesome. I will say that I can’t eat right when I wake up, so if I was running that early, I definitely wouldn’t be eating before.

    • Hahah well I haven’t stepped foot in a gym in like 4 months so you def have me beat there, girl! It’s weird, I’ve never been hungry right when I wake up and I used to NEVER eat before working out, but apparently once you get into a certain routine it’s hard to kick it!

  2. Do we share the same running habits? Hahahahahahaha. Good one. Really though, you’ve been absolutely killing it on the running front! It’s so awesome. I will say that I can’t eat right when I wake up, so if I was running that early, I definitely wouldn’t be eating before.

    • Hahah well I haven’t stepped foot in a gym in like 4 months so you def have me beat there, girl! It’s weird, I’ve never been hungry right when I wake up and I used to NEVER eat before working out, but apparently once you get into a certain routine it’s hard to kick it!

  3. I never ate before runs less than 10 miles, as I was in your habit of running ‘whenever I woke up.’ Now that I’m not training for anything in particular, I eat and then run. Neither system seems better than the other for me. But I loathed eating during a run when I was training for a marathon. Just never got the knack for it!

    • I think I learned to tolerate running with food in my stomach at my old job, when I would run on my lunch break. It was usually about 3-4 hours after breakfast, so my stomach wasn’t empty, but I didn’t feel too full to exercise either!

  4. I never ate before runs less than 10 miles, as I was in your habit of running ‘whenever I woke up.’ Now that I’m not training for anything in particular, I eat and then run. Neither system seems better than the other for me. But I loathed eating during a run when I was training for a marathon. Just never got the knack for it!

    • I think I learned to tolerate running with food in my stomach at my old job, when I would run on my lunch break. It was usually about 3-4 hours after breakfast, so my stomach wasn’t empty, but I didn’t feel too full to exercise either!

  5. It totally depends on when I run and if I eat or not. For the early morning workouts, I’m not exactly hungry and let’s just say my stomach doesn’t like working out after I’ve eaten. However, when I’m “starving” I try to go for rice cake with nut butter or part of banana. That seems to be a-okay

  6. It totally depends on when I run and if I eat or not. For the early morning workouts, I’m not exactly hungry and let’s just say my stomach doesn’t like working out after I’ve eaten. However, when I’m “starving” I try to go for rice cake with nut butter or part of banana. That seems to be a-okay

  7. olivesanwine says:

    I love that you’re turning into such a Type A runner :) I agree on the fasted run thing – anything shorter than 6-7, I don’t eat or I’ll cramp up! I’m going to send you some Spark to let you try it before your runs! It’s delish and is a good pre-workout fuel too :)

    • Hahah I know, it’s become the ONLY thing that I’m Type A about! Chris was trying to get me to play Ultimate Frisbee with him one Saturday morning instead of running and it gave me anxiety just to think about skipping it!! (even though Ultimate involves a TON of running)

  8. olivesanwine says:

    I love that you’re turning into such a Type A runner :) I agree on the fasted run thing – anything shorter than 6-7, I don’t eat or I’ll cramp up! I’m going to send you some Spark to let you try it before your runs! It’s delish and is a good pre-workout fuel too :)

    • Hahah I know, it’s become the ONLY thing that I’m Type A about! Chris was trying to get me to play Ultimate Frisbee with him one Saturday morning instead of running and it gave me anxiety just to think about skipping it!! (even though Ultimate involves a TON of running)

  9. Hah ohhhhhh dear lord, what a good reminder that I need to remake that vlog. Also, that I need to start blogging regularly again. And commenting on your blog?! What the hell I’ve been so slacking !

  10. Hah ohhhhhh dear lord, what a good reminder that I need to remake that vlog. Also, that I need to start blogging regularly again. And commenting on your blog?! What the hell I’ve been so slacking !

    • I was just like you up until probably about July or August of last year! I ran 3x per week and never went beyond 4 miles. I am shocked every week at my progress!

    • I was just like you up until probably about July or August of last year! I ran 3x per week and never went beyond 4 miles. I am shocked every week at my progress!

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