One of the questions I get a lot is “how in the world do you get up so early in the morning to run?”
It’s something that I’ve thought about a lot, mostly because I used to be terrible at getting up (and on non-running days, this is usually the case). I am definitely not a morning person, so it has been a challenge for me to adjust to that 5:30 a.m. alarm clock (the one thing I like about taper = that alarm clock isn’t so early!).
So, what I’ve realized, is the thing that gets me up in the morning is my future self. There have been (lots of) days when I have turned off the alarm and gone back to bed. The extra 20-30 minutes of sleep feels wonderful… in that moment. But an hour or two hours later, I start to regret the fact that I didn’t get up.
The “future me” thinks more rationally and realizes that getting in my scheduled run for the day has a much better pay-off than simply getting a little bit more sleep that doesn’t really make a difference.
So now, when I think about skipping that workout, I ask myself how I’ll feel about it a few hours later. There are days where the answer is “I don’t care,” and that’s the truth — to me, that’s a sign of a needed rest day, so no big loss.
But most of the time, the answer is that I will regret it. So yes, I need to get up and deal with the un-fun part of waking up in the morning.
It may sound minor, but this change of thinking has made it so I’m not missing one or two runs a week… it’s been a long time since I’ve heard the alarm, turned it off and went back to sleep. So if you struggle with getting up early in the morning, or even the idea of doing it, to workout, try giving it a new perspective.
Are you a morning person? If not, what helps you get up in the morning?
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