Gooood morning sunshines!
My morning today started out with an early run in the dark.
Last night I set my alarm for 5:30 am, laid out my running clothes, and went to sleep with a morning run on my mind (always easier to get up and do it if I’ve committed to it the night before). These days it is still pitch-black at 5:30 am, but by the end of my run the sun was almost up and it was quite a bit lighter.
I completed about 4.5k in just under 30 minutes. Not too shabby for first thing in the am!
Why am I doing this to myself?
Some of my friends and a few readers have been calling me crazy for waking up so early in the morning to run, and wondering how I’m able to do it. I just want to take a moment explain my reasons for being a crazy fool.
Just like with running in general, early morning runs are becoming easier and easier. I’m finding that the more often I get up that early, the less difficult it is to actually get up. It is starting to become a habit, and my body is becoming used to it!
Even on days I don’t run in the mornings, I still try to wake up earlier than I used to, just to keep my body on the same page. I am really liking this because it extends my day and I can actually get a lot of stuff done in the morning (like this blog post) that I would previously leave until my work day was over. More chores done = more leisure time, and friends, I am alllll about the leisure time!
I am finding lately that I much prefer to run first thing instead of leaving it until later. I cannot eat less than an hour before a run or I get superly crampy. I run best on an empty stomach, and when I get up that early I’m not hungry yet. I can just head right out the door! I usually feel light and breezy, as opposed to the heavy and blarg feeling that I sometimes get when I run after dinner.
Also, for some reason in the morning I have more energy! I feel tired and lethargic when I first get up, but after completing a five minute walking warm-up I am usually ready to just give ‘er!
Working out in the morning gives me more energy for the rest of the day as well. I don’t mind being on the go, and I generally just feel good all day. It gets my day started off on the right foot!
It’s also a lot cooler in the mornings, which always makes for better running conditions. Running in the heat is no fun.
And it’s quiet!
No one is around that early. The streets are empty. This morning I saw one person waiting for a bus, and four bunny rabbits. It is the best “me time” ever. I jam out to my iPod, can sing along, bust into crazy dance moves, even take pictures of myself if I want…and no one is around to notice or care.
I guess that’s all I got!
What time of day do you like to run or workout? Morning, afternoon, or evening?
I haven’t really been into breakfast foods too much lately, and the only breakfast I was feeling this morning was a cold smoothie!
My smoothie included:
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup frozen blueberries (you could use fresh als0)
- 2 handfuls fresh baby spinach
- 1.25 cups almond milk
- 2 tbsp. vanilla Greek yogurt
- pinch xanthan gum (optional, to thicken)
I loved this smoothie and slurped it down in minutes! I was FULL afterwards, that’s a lot of liquid! Also, spinach AND a run before 7am? BAM.
Welp, it’s work time! I have some exciting activities coming up today that I’m pumped about :).
Hope you all have a great day!