WHY ON EARTH would I get up THAT early? well let me tell you. . .
Generally I would say that I am NOT a morning person. In fact I HATE mornings. I do a lot of stupid things in the morning before I’ve had my coffee. Despite my aversion to early mornings I am a morning runner. Those of you who’ve known me since my teen years, lived with me in college, or ever been an overnight guest will probably scoff at that remark. It’s funny how kids change things in your life.
I think that every person has their “thing” that lets them clear their heads, de-stress, and enjoy themselves. You know that thing in your life (maybe passion would be a good word for it) that when you’re doing your thing everything else around you falls away and you are 100% intensely focused on exactly what you’re doing IN THAT MOMENT, and when that moment ends you feel refreshed. For me it’s most things fitness related but especially running. I LOVE running, and I LOVE running in the early mornings. I HATE getting up though. EVERY SINGLE TIME my alarm goes off at 5:30 I consider not getting up, the catch is that I ALWAYS regret sleeping in, and NEVER regret running.
I know, I don’t work so if I despise mornings WHY do I go so early? When I’ve been for an early morning run I get to start my day with some personal time. (I resent anyone who messes with that by waking up early and trying to talk to me while I get ready to go.) I use that time to clear my head, pray, think through challenges in life, and catch up on podcasts. Some days it is the ONLY time I get to myself to process life. I find that I get to kick start my day with a fresh perspective and a good attitude and I am a much better parent for it. We live in a BEAUTIFUL area, surrounded by mountains, and it’s only a short run to farmland so I am constantly looking at an overwhelmingly gorgeous view. I can run 25km without using any main roads and encountering very few cars if I go early in the morning so my gawking is undisturbed. If I wait until nap time and slip out in the afternoon or put it off until the evening I find that other things come up and I often don’t go, or don’t enjoy it as much. If I wait to shower until after my run and I don’t run until 2pm then I don’t feel like my day has started until after my run which means I find myself unmotivated, sluggish, and sometimes just plain lazy all day long. When I’ve been out for an early morning run I feel fresh, motivated, and ready to take on the world. If I’ve run 15K, showered and eaten by 8 am then my head is clear, I am ON FIRE and ready to take on the world.
For some people it’s music, others art, my hubby cycles, I run. We all need something in our lives that gives us some personal time to process life. When you’re busy with family, work, play, and just life in general it’s easy to let other things get in the way. At 5:30 I am usually up alone, the house is quiet, the roads are quiet, and there is no one around to distract me. So I encourage you to spend some time figuring out what it is that makes you feel rejuvenated then set aside some time every week to enjoy it. You’ll be glad you did!