August 15, 2011

Morning Run

It was a year ago the beginning of June that I started running, you can read about it here. From the day I started, through running my first 10K, to winter, I was very dedicated. I ran 2-3 miles every other night and weekends. I had a plan hanging on the fridge and marked each day's workout off as I completed it. I would run late at night, in the dark, if I had to. I ran in the rain. I pretty much didn't let anything stop me. Then winter came and things changed. I donned my cold weather gear and ran when it was above 10 degrees and the road was clear of snow and ice, which wasn't very often. Most of the winter was spent indoors on my elliptical machine. Running on an elliptical is not even close to running outdoors. When spring finally came I was hesitant to start running outside again. I wasn't sure if I'd be able to do it, or that I was willing to put the time into it. When I finally did start again I was surprised that for the most part I was able to pretty much pick up where I left off. But I still wasn't feeling as dedicated to making the time for it as I was last year. It was easy to make excuses at night, like going to the pool would be so much more fun! So last Wednesday, as in 5 days ago Wednesday, I decided I would start running in the morning. I am not a morning person. I hit the snooze button on my alarm every 5 minutes for 30 minutes every morning, so this was going to be a challenge for me. Here are some of the things I did to set myself up for success:
  • I moved my alarm clock across the room, by the door, so I have to get out of bed to shut it off.
  • I set my alarm for 30 minutes earlier than usual - 5:30 a.m. I would eventually like to work up to getting up at 5:00 a.m. 
  • I go to bed earlier. I need 7 hours of sleep a night and usually went to bed at 11:00 p.m., now I go to bed at 10:30 p.m.
  • I set out all of my workout clothes, shoes and iPod on the bathroom counter so I don't have to search for anything.
I am happy to report that so far I have run 2 miles every morning since I decided to make this change! That's 3 mornings (I take Saturdays off and run Sunday afternoons)! I am surprised that I have found it easier to run in the morning. I walk about a 1/4 mile to warm up and then I am able to run the entire rest of the time without stopping. I even recorded my fastest time this year on Friday! It's pretty dark out when I start (I am running in the country on gravel, no streetlights), but by the time I get home it's light out. I feel like I have more energy throughout the day and it's a nice feeling knowing my workout is done and I can do other things when I get home from work. I would like to work up to 3 miles, that's what I was normally running in the evenings, but I wanted to ease into this morning routine so I'd stick with it.

If you read this...feel free to ask me how it's going when you see me to keep me accountable!

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