I would much rather get up at 6:00 am than at 9:00 am. It is currently reading break and therefore I don’t have University classes, but I still get up early by choice. My gym opens at 5:30 am and most days I would gladly get up and go at that time but the rest of my family apparently doesn’t want to be woken up at that time. Something about the loud garage door and the fact that I drop my keys on the floor really loudly about 9 mornings out of 10. There is nothing like being up early, before 93% of the world, enjoying the dark and the quiet, and getting your workout done while the sun is rising.
I think I get my morning-personness from my dad. He happily gets up at 5:00 am every morning and walks to work. He claims its the most peaceful time of day… except when I am also up at that time and want to tell him about my crazy random dreams from the night. I like putting awesome quotes or motivational sayings on my phone screensaver to make getting to the gym in the morning even easier. I put really motivational ones on when I have a super hard workout to do, like mile repeats, whereas other days I keep it short and to the point. Just go to the gym, Kris.
This morning I did my scheduled 6-mile tempo run (4 miles at pace) and then 40 minutes of arm weight lifting. It is so nice to be at the gym when there is hardly anyone there. The people that are there are always pretty awesome because like me, they are morning people too!
The best part about getting a workout done early? Coming home and making a delicious breakfast. It was an oatmeal with peanut butter kind of day. And cantaloupe. And coffee. Lots of coffee.
This whole no-work, no-school, nothing on my agenda for the day thing is really relaxing in the mornings. I get to take my time eating my oatmeal, reading my favourite blogs, checking for new stories on Runnersworld.com, and procrastinating doing any homework or studying.
I am loving making myself coffee mistos in the morning with the Espresso barista. Coffee + steamed almond milk + cinnamon = love. I make as much foam as I can because foam is the best part. I will never understand people who order “no foam” on their lattes and such… it’s so wonderful!
My second cup of coffee didn’t look as wonderful, especially with cinnamon remnants on the top of the mug. Sometimes an extra cup of coffee is necessary, but I should really stop rehydrating after my runs with coffee.
I feel so much more productive when I get up early. I sleep in some days when my body or my brain just really needs sleep, but any other time if I sleep in I feel super lazy, like I’ve wasted the whole day. This means that because I wake up early, I go to bed early too. Like, grandma early. Actually my grandma stays up later than me… awkward.
I don’t think there is anything better than an early morning run. When it starts getting light out earlier, and you know, all of this ridiculous ice and snow melts and the temperature rises to a decent temperature, I can’t wait to get some sunrise runs in. That is peaceful. Sometimes running in the afternoon or evening is easier because I have been eating and fuelling all day, compared to the morning when there is less in my tank to keep me going, but starting my day with a great sweat sesh rocks my socks.
Are YOU a morning person or a night owl? Do you prefer working out at a certain time of day?