The Real Reason I’m Not a Morning Runner
|July 19, 2011||Posted by Lauren under Running|
Thank you all for your nice comments on my last post. I’m glad so many of you can relate. The funny part about all this is that when I created that poll last week, I was sort of surprised that the majority of people said they’d rather PR and come in last than win and get a PW. I was going to tell you that my feeling was the opposite. That I’m competitive, so would rather win. But, while I didn’t actually win the overall race or run a personal worst, Saturday’s age group win sort of made me re-think all that. Anyway, moving on…
Morning runners (n): A motivated, overly perky group of individuals who enjoy getting up before the sun to log in miles when the rest of the world is sleeping. Individuals who defy norms about being tired and sluggish when first waking up and instead can’t wait to work up a sweat upon rising. i.e. not me.
I have confessed to you before that I am not a morning runner. Not only do I have a hard time motivating myself to run first thing in the morning, but I also don’t enjoy it as much (or so I tell myself). I actually love coming home from a long day of sitting on my butt and going outside for a run. It breaks up the day, wakes me up a little bit, and just makes me feel better all around because I’m finally moving.
The problem is, afternoon summers are hot. And this year, it seems like the temperatures are higher than ever. Which means my afternoon runs have shifted from something I love to something that I’m just trying to survive. In case you haven’t experienced this for yourself, running through a world that has been baking in 80/90 degree sun all day isn’t really all that much fun.
Any rational person would have switched to running in the morning right now. But I have not. Why? Well – depending on the day, I have a million and one different excuses:
- I go to work too early (truth: I could switch my schedule)
- I run faster in the afternoon (truth: not since the temperatures rose above 80 degrees)
- EC’s coaching schedule often means that if I want to hang out with him at night, it has to be after 9…which then makes me go to bed too late (truth: well, that is the truth, but he doesn’t coach every night, and something tells me that going a couple of days without seeing him probably wouldn’t kill me. (Sorry EC!))
- Etc, etc, etc
But the real reason I don’t get rid of all those excuses and just get up and run in the morning? It’s simple -
Just like someone else I know…
Those who know me well won’t be surprised. It’s probably the trait that drives my family the most nuts (the one and only vice I have, of course). Because I can be stubborn to a fault. And yes – sometimes this stubbornness works in my favor. It’s that same stubbornness that helps me keep pushing through a marathon when I want to quit, that helps me stick to a fast pace during a race, even when I’m not really trained to do so, and that has kept me running all these years, through many life changes. Unfortunately, sometimes (in running and in life) that stubbornness can get in my way.
In this case, I realize that being stubborn about my running schedule is silly…okay, downright stupid. There’s no good reason to cling onto these afternoon slogs through the heat, or to keep my work schedule the way it is, preventing morning runs. And there’s no reason to continue stubbornly insisting: “I’m not a morning runner!” I talk a lot about having the right mental attitude to overcome things in running – and this situation is no different.
So I’m determined to change. By putting it on the blog, I’m not only admitting to you all how ridiculous I am
(so that you’ll mock me into changing my ways), I’m also making sure it actually happens. Because just like declaring your relationship status on Facebook, it’s not actually official until you put it online.
But I’m also writing because I need your help.
I’m calling all morning runners!
What helps you get up and get going first thing in the morning? I know I should do things like lay my clothes out the night before and go to bed early enough that I don’t feel like death when I get up early. But I want to know – what really wakes you up?
Do you drink coffee before you run or are endorphins enough for you?
Do you actually love running in the morning as much as you all say you do (I’m suspicious…)?
And finally – what keeps you waking up and getting out there, morning after morning? What motivates you to run so early (besides the heat)?
My goal is to arm myself with a few new tips and tricks, and get my stubborn-self out there tomorrow morning. I’ll let you know how it goes…