Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Things I Tell Myself to Get Out the Door

In order to successfully move my runs to the 4am hour, I had to play mind games with myself. Now that I've gotten into the routine, it's not so bad. Once I'm up, it's easy, and morning runs leave me with a ton of energy throughout the day. I really believe I'm a better teacher on days I wake up early to run.
It amuses me that my long run alarm is set later than my weekday runs.
Still, I have to cajole myself to get out bed. Here are some things I remind myself that I love about morning runs as I'm shuffling around the bedroom like a zombie:

Feeling like I'm the only person in the world. I very rarely see another runner out that early, and if I do, I feel something like 10x more runner-solidarity than at any other time of day.

The bump it gives my runner reputation. I may not be the fastest, but no one can question my dedication.
One of my wake-up buddies, Montana, and I talked about this the other day. It got me thinking about the people who believe in me. I don't want to let them down!
I don't have to worry about what I look like. It's pitch black! Even if someone does see me, they won't be able to tell how gross I am, or if my run is little more than a hunched-over shuffle.

Cool weather. The temperature difference between 4am and evening is 20 degrees, so I love taking advantage of the cooler weather.
I guess "cool weather" is relative, but 77 feels amazing these days!
Minimal accessories! I don't need to worry about a hat or sunglasses; often I don't wear my headphones on a morning run. Everything just gets simplified.

I'll feel unstoppable the rest of the day because I started it with me-time. I spend all day "on stage", talking and interacting with others, being the most perfect version of myself that I can be. Having some alone time first thing in the morning to get my head right is invaluable.
And of course, I love feeling like a super badass because I woke up when the rest of the world was still sleeping!

How do you convince yourself to get going on a tough workout?
Have you noticed more autumnal weather this week?
What do you love about your chosen time-of-day to run/workout?



  1. I love running before bed. It gives me a chance to work through the day - and is especially wonderful after a long and stressful 12 hours at work. I'm lucky enough that I get off from work in the wee morning hours (and in the cooler hours!) so I don't have to worry about getting up early. I would definitely need LOTS of alarms and LOTS of cajoling out of bed so I admire your ability to start your day with a run. :)

  2. I have tried to become a morning runner....I just love my bed too much I think. Plus....around here...I'm not sure how safe I'd feel that early running by myself...does that ever creep into your head?

  3. It's so fun to be training at the same time as two of my friends- it's easier to get motivated when I know others are doing it too! I love morning runs but only get those on Saturdays and Sunday's currently. My evening runs give me time to unwind especially if it was a challenging day for me. And I feel like I sleep better on days I workout. Good job keeping up with training!

    Oh and yes, next week it's supposed to be in the 70s all week in the morning. Best thing ever.

  4. Well now I feel bad complaining that 5:30am is early! You are EXTREMELY dedicated, Ali! You WANT THIS!

    I totally understand what you said about needing "me time". I freaking love me time. I love to be alone. And obviously as teachers we don't get that during the day!

    PA is having the opposite of autumn weather this week! We are having a heat wave! It is 90+ and kids are coming in from the playground showing signs of dehydration! My morning runs have been warmer than usual but nothing horrible.

  5. My hat is off to you for a 4am wakeup call. That is hard core! We have had a heat wave here for the start of school. UGH.

  6. Kudos to you! I could never get up that early to run :)

  7. I want to run in the morning I really really do! Due to my schedule I can't and I have accepted that but on the weekends I am all over it!
    I feel more accomplished at the start of my day. While others are waking up I have already ran x amount of miles and started to get things done!