speedwork before breakfast?

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May 2016
8:26am, 16 May 2016
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RuthB2
I know it depends on the individual and all that, but those of you who run with the earlycrew - do you ever try speedwork pre-breakfast? I've always just done gentle runs at that time, but interested to hear of any other approaches, as it would help fit them into the week.
May 2016
9:11am, 16 May 2016
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Autumnleaves
I have done a couple of times but I do find them much harder to achieve so generally I feel for me, they don't really work.
May 2016
9:18am, 16 May 2016
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TRO Saracen
Body takes a bit longer to warm up, so if you are doing speedwork in the morning take a look at that.

Bike sessions I do have a similar impact, so if I am doing hard intervals pre breakfast I'll do a 25 minute warm up routine, if done later I can go well off a 7-10 minute warm up.

Have a little something to eat (2 slices of toast), a very long gradual warm up and it should be better.
May 2016
10:37am, 16 May 2016
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Oranj
I have tried it a few times, my heart rate went +10bpm higher compared to an evening session for the same RPE.
May 2016
12:04pm, 16 May 2016
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Fitz
I used to do most of my running before breakfast. Speed / interval sessions were definitely the hardest. Doable but hard.
May 2016
2:46pm, 16 May 2016
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richmac
It's doable for sure, but if you talk to 'pro' (tri)athletes they will tell you they fuel for the session ahead. But they have elaborate nutrition plans.

Personally I run pre breakfast when I'm trying to shift fat. Speed work I do in the evenings having eaten an hour or so before.

I get the problem, having to get up even earlier to eat before an early speed set is a bummer. No reason not to do it before breakfast but you won't be firing on all cylinders and make sure you take some protein on board the millisecond you finish.
May 2016
3:31pm, 16 May 2016
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RuthB2
hmm. Thanks everyone. It's tricky - if I get a 45 min session in, I need to start that at 5.45 at the latest, so like you say the thought of losing another half hour's sleep just to eat toast...
May 2016
7:43pm, 26 May 2016
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Ness
I tend to do "speed work" before work (and so before breakfast) on my treadmill. I am an early bird though. I get up between half 4 and 5 for my training runs. Do this 4 out of 5 mornings a week.
May 2016
8:21pm, 29 May 2016
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richmac
One revisited my thoughts on this. Could you get through it worth Carbo drinks?

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