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Ask the Expert - Warming up for the early morning run

December 19, 2007

Q: Is there any good way to trick my body into warming up more quickly for a good early morning run? My schedule demands that I run in the morning, but I am not a morning person. Relative to how I run at night, my pace may be slower by a minute per mile! Emma B., Calgary, AB

Bob: This is a pretty normal occurence as after 6+ hours of sleeping, your muscles are cold. It is critical that you start running slowly (or even walking) early in the morning to avoid injury. As your muscles warm up, you can often pick up the pace. What I usually do for my early morning run is to totally 'throw out' the first 1.5 miles when I'm determining my pace. That way I get a more realistic assessment of how I ran.