With the cooler weather happening, and the mornings getting colder and darker, I find myself having a much more difficult time getting out of bed and going for a run in the morning. But on the other hand, I’m generally a much bigger fan of working out in the a.m. While afternoon workouts can be successful, I much prefer to get it done in the morning and start my day off with a sweat session. However, when you’re so peacefully sleeping in your warm, cozy bed…
Sometimes you just want to stay there and sleep an extra little bit. You think about how cold it is outside, and you know for sure itz cold since your house has a chill to it now. You debate just doing it and getting your workout done with, so it’s not hanging over your head throughout the day. Then you contemplate [again] staying in bed… For just a little bit longer… In your warm, cozy bed… Well, which one do you think I chose?
The past couple of mornings, I’ve opted to stay in bed and skip the morning workout. Yes, this means at the end of the work day I know I’ll have to get moving, but you know what? It hasn’t been so bad! Another reason why morning runs have not been happening as much is because how dark it is. I used to go out when it was dark, but soon after I started, the sun would come up. Not anymore. And so close to my upcoming half marathon, I don’t want to chance tripping and falling in the pitch black. Again. So after school, I grab my gear (Yurbuds) and lace up my sneakers.
And put on a happy face! Mind over matter, my friends.
It really makes a big difference when you want to run and have a positive attitude about it. I set out to do three, four, or five miles at an “easy” pace. Aka: I didn’t try to maintain a certain speed; I merely wanted to get some miles in, so I ran without worrying about the time. And you know what happened?
5 miles at an 8:15 pace, baby! Not bad for not really trying! So this morning I’ll set my alarm clock for the early morning, but if I don’t feel like getting out of bed… I may just take that extra time in my warm, cozy bed.
Do you have a harder time getting up in the morning when the weather gets cold?