1. I was/am trying hard to become a "morning runner". Unfortunately, I seem to forgot that becoming a morning runner requires me to be a nighttime sleeper. What does it mean to be a nighttime sleeper? First, I would have to go to bed earlier. Most nights I am trying to get to bed between 9:30 and 10:00. Even if I wasn't trying to get up by 5 to run, I am still really tired when my non-morning-run alarm goes off at 5:30. SO. I should be trying to go to bed earlier. Given that the end of the day is the only time I have for myself, I have a hard time giving it up.
Second, I haven't really slept through the night in a while. Sometimes it is one of my children that is waking me up. Sometimes it is the mouse that lives in our attic, evading the trap we have sent. Sometimes I have to pee. Regardless of what wakes me up, I have tremendous difficulty getting back to sleep because my thoughts start wandering. If I manage to fall back asleep, the alarm at 5:30 often gets snoozed until 6:15. And then boy am I really late.
Third, running in the morning just doesn't FEEL the same as running at the end of the day. Yes, it's nice to be done and have the full evening free. But at the end of the day, when my body is tense as all hell, the run helps loosen that up. And running in the morning isn't really preventing that from occurring in the first place. Maybe I haven't given it enough data points to really make a sound judgment on that one, though.
I'm still going to attempt getting a morning run in.
2. I was in no man's land. I don't have a training plan for right now and my next race isn't until January. I have found that I do well when I have a plan to follow. SO, i remedied that in a two pronged approach. 1) The training plans created for the Boston marathon start today! 2) I have asked a friend's coach husband for help with my marathon training plan, which likely will start post-Christmas. My weeks from now until 4/18 will be more regimented!