I am not a morning person. I never was. My poor mom, she used to come every few minutes to wake me up for school. When I was on my own, I had three alarm clocks.
I kid you not. Don't make fun of me.
Once I was up, do not speak to me. Better advice? Do NOT ask me a question.
I may just bite your head off.
Before I started running, my friend used to tell me that she ran at 5:30am.
I told her she was crazy. First of all, for running, because I wasn't going to run unless I was being chased. Second, for running at that hour.
Who DOES that?
|My friend P, she got me hooked on running.|
Fast foward to 2010. I actually liked running. I was training for my first marathon. I didn't want it to carve into family time.
I don't like running in the evenings, and again, can't interfere with fam time.
5:30AM it is.
So I start running where local runners meet up and run at that insane hour.
Then my running buddy gets injured.
I get hooked up with a group of women that run at 5AM!
I have no choice, run at that time, or run alone. I don't like running alone.
Fast foward to now. Almost two years later. I am still running at 5AM.
It's painful somtimes. Hearing the alarm clock go off.
I fight with myself.
Lazy Leonor: Just go back to bed. Aren't you **cough-cough** coming down with something?
Reliable running partner Leonor: No, get up, you know you will feel better if you run.
Lazy Leonor: But, you didn't go to bed until 10:00 and that means you didn't get enough sleep, you will be cranky all day.
Reliable running partner Leonor: Your friends are counting on you. Don't be a flake.
Lazy Leonor: It's speedwork today! Go back to bed!
Reliable running partner Leonor:You will kick yourself all day for not running and you hate the treadmill, so get it over with. You won't regret it.
That is the conversation I have with myself most mornings. Some mornings are tougher than others, but you know what?
I have never regretted (is that a word?) running that early.
Here's a few reasons why:
1. I don't have to worry about making up my run at another time. It's done.
2. Coming home to a quiet house. 'Nuff said.
3. Because of #2, I actually get some uninterrupted time in the Word.
4. Everything seems to go smoother on my running days. (I only run 3 days per week)
5. I feel accomplished before 6AM.
6. I have more energy.
7. I am a better mother and wife because I run.
8. It's guaranteed girlfriend time.
When do you run? Are you a morning runner or run whenever you can fit it in?
Do you run with friends or alone?