Friday, September 18, 2015

Notes from a morning runner


In any marathon training cycle, especially for a goal race, it's easy to become hyper focused on training and let everything else fall by the wayside.  Success requires dedication, which can easily morph into obsession if I let it.

In an effort to keep Stevie and Neale a priority, I've been attempting, for the hundredth time in my life, to become a morning runner.  By running when they're both still asleep, I will then have time for them in the afternoons/evenings.

I normally get up at 6am for work, so this means if I want to get in any kind of meaningful workout, I have to get up as early as 4am.  My new normal has become to wake up at 4am, drink tea and read on the couch while I slowly wake up, then head out the door around 5am, depending on the day's workout.

Some notes:

  • Getting out of bed is the struggle of my life.  Once over that hurdle, it isn't so bad.
  • But then I get so comfortable on the couch with a good book that I don't want to leave that either.
  • I leave so much time between waking up and getting out the door to give myself time to digest the previous night's dinner.  I have to use the bathroom at least a few times before every morning run.
  • Nothing is better than coming home from work in the afternoon knowing I've already taken care of that day's run.
  • I have definitely felt a surge of energy in my morning classes, but feel pretty exhausted by the time my last class of the day rolls around.
  • I hate running in the dark.  It is doable, but it makes it significantly more difficult to get up to "cruising speed" when I can't see the terrain as well and don't want to trip.
  • Spiderwebs and sprinklers: the bane of a morning runner's existence.

Are you a morning runner?  Leave me some advice or encouragement!

4 comments:

  1. I wish I was a morning runner, so I'm interested to see if anyone has morning tips!

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    1. I guess the only two tips I would have so far are go to bed early, and make sure you have a really good reason for wanting to get up so early (mine being wanting to make more time for my family).

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  2. I use Lance Armstrong's motivational mantra he used on himself, " Dont be a pu###". This has helped me over the years. :)

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    1. I don't get it. Don't be a plutonium triple hashtag?!?!

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