Have you ever considered what type of person you are? Do you hop out of bed as soon as the alarm goes off? Do you even need an alarm to wake up and get going in the morning? Are you one of those people who lays in bed for as long as possible while ignoring the alarm? Have you figured exactly how many times you can hit the snooze button before you absolutely, positively must get out of bed?
For the longest time, I have believed that I am a night owl! Why am I a night owl? That is easy. I can’t seem to wake up early enough to get in my workouts before getting ready for work. I have a serious problem with staying in bed under my covers for as long as possible. I also get to work as late as possible and usually leave work later than most everyone else in the office. All of that means that my workouts usually don’t get started until after 7 pm.
I have come to enjoy working out at night because of the anticipation I feel throughout the day. Watching the sunset along Bayshore Boulevard has become something I enjoy each and every time I run at night. When I wake up in the morning, I immediately start planning my day around my evening workout. I think about the route I am going to take on my run while I am getting ready for work. I spend most of my lunch break trying to figure out if I will have time for a strength workout or yoga practice.
This morning was different. It was very different. With my current work project, I haven’t been able to leave at a reasonable enough time for me to work out. That means that my workouts have been fairly non-existent this week. Last night, I was so frustrated with my lack of running this week that I convinced my boyfriend to wake me up early enough so I could run before getting ready. He took my request a little too literally. When the alarm clock went off, I got out of bed, turned it off and then got right back into bed. He immediately started in on what he would describe as the battle to end all battles. He won the battle and in the end so did I.
At first, I didn’t want to get out of bed. I wanted to go back to sleep … badly. It took a valiant effort on his part to convince that it would be worth it to run before work. He convinced me that it would allow me to get more done when I get home from work. He was right and I can’t thank him enough for not giving me to my pleading for another hour’s worth of sleep. Before I knew it, I had finished an easy 3 mile run, gotten ready for work and was at my desk by 9 am. My run was on the treadmill but it was the perfect way to start the day! And as a reward for getting up early, my boyfriend made me breakfast!
One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to become a morning person. Why do I want to be a morning person? I have sacrificed so much for work and I don’t want to sacrifice my workouts or my marathon training plan anymore. I want to feel like I am accomplishing more throughout the day. Maybe with the help of my boyfriend I will be able to scratch off one of my New Year’s Resolutions.
What type of person are you? Morning person or night owl? What time of day do you normally exercise?