Sunday Confessional: I hit the snooze button. A lot.
For way too long, I’ve been making life harder on myself than it should or could be. I know the secret to fitting it all in and still choosing yourself … the answer to gaining that illusive “25th hour” we all so desperately desire.
It’s waking up before everyone in your house to work out.
But I’ve been choosing to avoid it by hitting the snooze button. Over and over and over. Even though it’s the last thing I want to do. And even though its consequences make me completely and utterly miserable.
Earlier this year, I committed to running in the morning more before work. I was becoming too mentally and physically exhausted by the end of the day to really give it my all (or want to give anything at all) and/or I had 2 workouts to fit in and couldn’t do both at the end of the day. While I was training for the Ironman 70.3 Augusta earlier this year, I had many successful early morning weeks. And you know how that made me feel? Powerful.
How have I felt lately when it comes to early morning workouts? Lazy. Weak. Undisciplined.
How hard is it really to get up 60 to 90 minutes earlier? I have been putting a higher priority on an extra hour of sleep than I have on my workout schedule, which causes me to either miss a workout or be forced to do it after work whether I want to, have time to or not.
As January looms just around the corner, I want to renew my commitment to training and running in the morning. I know there are things we can all do to make it easier, such as …
- Lay out your clothes the night before so everything is ready to go. (I know some runners who even sleep in their running clothes to make it easier).
- Schedule a morning exercise date with a friend to make you accountable. After all, you don’t want to stand up a fellow runner (in the dark), right? Sometimes this is the only thing that gets me out of bed early!
- Set your phone across the room away from your bed so when your alarm goes off, you have to get out of bed to turn it off. While you’re up, why not just go get dressed and get outside?
- Go to bed earlier. Duh!
- Stop watching so much TV in bed and/or playing on your technology. Instead, disconnect and start counting sheep.
Alas, at the end of the day, there isn’t really a quick fix or trusty tip to becoming a morning exercise person. I JUST HAVE TO DO IT. I have to stop making excuses. Stop telling myself I can work out in the evening. Stop making life harder by making the day shorter and more challenging. Do what I say I’m going to do. Be disciplined.
To help just a little, here is my new iPhone wallpaper. Every time my alarm goes off and I reach over to hit snooze, this will be staring me in the face. Wake up and just run.
When do you get your best exercise and running in? Are you a morning person? If so, what tips do you have to get running in the morning before the day starts?