I hate getting up in the morning. Maybe “hate” is too strong of word…
No, to be honest, it isn’t. I hate it. I’m a night person. I don’t like going to bed at 10. I don’t like having to talk myself into getting out of bed. It’s a difficult argument to win. It’s comfortable under the covers and running doesn’t sound too appealing when the alarm goes off and it never gets any easier.
But I have to get up. There is no other time. Running (or working out), as important as it is to me, is lower in priority than my kids. And my kids need me to coach them in baseball or drive them to a swim practice. I want them to visit me in the rest home when I’m old, cranky and lonely. I figure if I’m around and supportive during they’re formative years â€“ maybe they’ll feel obligated to do so.
However, I can’t go without my daily workouts â€“ otherwise I’ll be prematurely old and cranky. So, in the spring, I start to get up in the mornings â€“ dragging myself out of bed â€“ absolutely hating the first thirty minutes of the day.
But a funny thing happens when I finally do start my run. I start to feel better â€“ even better than when I run at nights. I begin to plan my day â€“ what I’m going to accomplish and how I’m going to do it. I think about upcoming races and goals. I give myself some credit for winning my daily battle of getting up early and getting out the door. By the end of the workout, I’m feeling pretty proud of myself.
When it is finished, I relax on the steps of my porch for a bit and bask in the accomplishment of finishing the run. I’ve done something that day and I’ve done it before I’ve driven to work.
Sorry you hate getting up early. That is a bummer. I LOVE it. I look forward to each early morning and doing my run or other workout. I also like to go to bed really early. I am not a night owl in the least. But, good for you on getting up early even though you hate it. You are a great example for all those people who have the excue of, "It is too hard to get up early and workout. I can't do it." Well, yes you can. You and I do it and so do others. It all depends on how important being healthy is to you. That is what it comes down to.
I'm also a morning person-not a night person as much. But at the same time, I'm not always thrilled with going to exercise in the morning. In fact, I don't do it much. But when I do, I always feel great about myself, and my body feels great, and I found that I can even be more productive during the day with the great amount of energy it provides.
I used to be a night person - before I had kids. Things change, and now I look forward to the sound of the alarm so I can get up and pound the pavement. Maybe after enough years of feeling that satisfaction and sense of accomplishment that comes along with your morning workout you'll start to turn into a morning person too John:) or maybe at least not hate it so much
I am simply having problems with moving forward. I am beginning to dread each workout. I think I'm just tired, but how much rest do I need? The weekend just doesn't seem to be enough. I commute to work by bike (30 miles per week), spin class twice a week for 50 min., weight training twice a week 60 min., walking 2 miles twice a week. I'm pooped! at 51 years old. How can I get more energy?