I was out the door this morning at 5:30 to put in day #1 of my Los Angeles Marathon training. Only 125 days left! One thing for sure. Running in the morning is, well, different. About 15 minutes into my run I was really bummin' because I didn't have a camera. The sunrise was spectacular! Note to self - don't forget the camera tomorrow morning!
The other thing that really struck me was how COLD it was! As my hands were turning numb it occurred that the biggest difference between running at night and in the morning is that at night heat is still being released from the ground, asphalt, water, etc. In the morning though, any heat that is going to be radiated has been! Folks - it was FREAKING COLD out there! Now, I'm not going to tell you the temperature for fear I will be ridiculed by people East of Interstate 15 (which runs along the Eastern edge of the greater L.A. metropolis) but it took at least 30 minutes for my hands to thaw! And it's only November!
Stats on the run - 3 miles at an average pace of 9:13 with an average heart rate of 77% of max. On tap tomorrow - 5 general aerobic miles. And yes - I made it to my local running store and picked up some running gloves!