I had to be at a company in Etobicoke for 7:45 this morning to promote my work, and give away free pens (who doesn't love a free pen?). So last night, I completely forget I need to be up early, until 11, when I usually go to bed. I usually get a good 8 hours of sleep, and previously (when I was single) on average I'd have 10 hours of sleep/night. I also have this problem with being chronically tired. I've been like this for so long, that I don't remember making it through a day without some liquid help keeping me awake and alert.
I've noticed lately that 8 hours is a good amount of time for me to sleep, and feel good throughout the day. But that also depends on the quality of sleep I get. There are nights I can sleep through without waking up once, but its not uncommon that I'm awake for 2 hours in the middle of the night for no real reason other than my body hates me (just kidding).
Today though, I feel good being up at 6:15 (I actually woke up before my alarm was supposed to go off at 6:20). I really hope that I can get through the day feeling great, which leads me to the question.. "In the summer, when its too hot to run during the day or at night, could it be possible that I could survive an early morning 7km run to start my day?".
I've always wanted to be the type of person that's able to hit the gym at 6am, but I could never do it. I just could never justify waking up so early to do something that I could easily do on my lunch break (since I work in a gym) or after work (while C plays video games). But I've also never had to run during the summer. I started running in the dead of winter, so this coming summer will be my first. I've talked to a few runner friends, and in the summer, you have to run before it gets too hot, which during the week for me means running at 6am.
Here's the Pros to getting my runs over with at 6am: - no worrying about it for the rest of the day. - if I'm feeling lazy later on, it doesn't matter because I've got my run in already. - I'll look like one of those intense people running along the water at 6am
But then there are the Cons... - waking up at 6am. - trying to navigate my mind and body at 6am - going outside at 6am - getting sweaty at 6am - having to go to bed earlier the night before
The list is endless really..
But you know what they say, if you want something bad enough you do it, if you don't want it, you make excuses. I'm now 10 days away from running my first half-marathon, and honestly, this is something I'd never wanted to do, never considered doing, until I got peer pressured into training for it. Now that I'm at the level I am, I don't want to lose it. As long as nothing extremely traumatizing happens to me during this race, I think I'd do another one in the fall. I'm not sure what I need to do or how I need to train to just maintain what I have, but I'm going to find out and do it. I'm also planning on running a few more 10km races this summer, and one so far in the fall.
I've also been thinking a bit more about personal training. I think I'm going to pull the trigger in the beginning of May and purchase enough sessions for 3x/week for 3 months. I'm going to get a feel out for the trainer, how we work together, and after the 3 months if I want to renew, then I have the option. If not, I have the option to leave and continue to work on my own.
I'm hoping to put myself through a glorious upper body and abdominal workout today on my lunch - wish me luck! I hope I can't move tomorrow (just kidding, I have to run tomorrow!).
Stay sweet. Xoxo