I am not normally a midday runner. Early morning long runs or after work is the usual routine. But seeing as it is winter, I thought I'd take advantage and sleep in.
With that being said, here are a few tips if you're new to this:
Lay out everything like you would normally the night before. That Garmin (the one you haven't even unpacked since your marathon 2 weeks ago?) isn't going to charge itself. Oops. Luckily, even after a marathon and being turned off for 2 weeks, he had juice in him. Same goes for the iPod. Clearly, the universe knew I needed to run.
While you're taking advantage of a lazy morning, eating something might be a good idea. Remembering you hadn't 5 minutes before walking out the door and then shoving a protein bar in your mouth isn't recommended.
Even if its 1pm, it's still winter and the "feels like" is still in the 20s. Gloves shouldn't be optional.
And just in case this is your first long run after resting: Wear your marathon race shirt, to remind yourself that even though this 6 (which ended up being 7) miler might mostly suck, you are still a marathoner and even if you never run another mile in your life, no one can take that title away from you. (this really helps)
In the end, it felt really good to be out there and I really kind of like this midday stuff. Maybe I'll try it again next weekend!