When Jenn and I were training for that marathon (oh-so-long ago), we followed the same training schedule. The only difference was she’d wake up at the butt crack of dawn to get in her runs, and I’d wait until after work.
Every day I’d sit in my work cube and moan and groan, dreading the hard work ahead while Jenn would perky around me (yes, I turned that into a verb specifically for her. I dabble in magic as you’ll read later on), loving her complete and active day. I never could do what she did though. I need so much fuel (I told myself) to get through a morning run. I would carb up like a mother-trucker throughout the day and then run right after work. It was hard and took tons of motivation to walk toward the gym instead of the door to home sweet home, but I’d do it.
That all changed when I started to work from home full-time and no longer had a gym at my fingertips. All of my runs have been outside, which wasn’t a problem until the heat came along and plagued the gosh forsaken land with its cruelty. I’m not cool with running in the heat. Fainting isn’t really my bag, so I made the scary decision to step outside of my comfort zone and give morning runs a try. Guess what? I dig morning runs! Who knew?! Not I! There’s something pleasantly peaceful about being up before everyone else and hitting that path right as the sun comes up. The weather is perfect. I swear I want to cry every time I strike the trail. By the time I get home, the endorphins have changed me into being a bona fide morning person. There’s just something magical about it all.
What about you? Are you a stubborn afternoon/evening workout person like I was? Try a morning run (with these early morning workout tips, of course)! Afterwards, come back here and tell me how it was! —Tish