This morning I did not want to get up. I could have given you 1000 reasons why going back to sleep for another 1.5hrs would have been best for everyone, but somehow I dragged myself out of my horizontal cocoon, put on some rather mismatching kit, and completed my 8+ mile workout before 6.30am.
I’ve received quite a few comments on Instagram about how I can face getting up at 5am for my marathon training runs, sometimes I don’t know how/why I do it either! But I thought I’d share the weird and wonderful thoughts that go through my mind when the alarm goes at that ungodly hour…
You can also read my blog on how to make getting up for the morning miles easier
I check the time. When I have an early alarm I often wake up multiple times during the night, worried I’ll miss my alarm. If its just before my alarm (and Tom is still sleeping) then I’ll get up quickly and quietly to avoid waking him. If Tom is on earlies or on a night stop, then I’ll often scroll aimlessly through social media for a while.
I often have an internal battle, trying to convince myself that maybe I could do my run later and either go back to sleep, or just sit and make a cup of tea instead of running…
But then I think :
- How much do I want this? I want to PR in the marathon this year, I want to run a BQ – if I don’t complete my workout then I have nobody to blame but myself if I don’t achieve my goals. I want to earn this marathon personal best, I need to know I’ve done everything I can to get myself fit, strong and in the best possible shape on that starting line. Sometimes I even repeat those Pinterest quotes to motivate myself… yes I’m that nerdy.
- I KNOW I’ll feel awesome after my run. I can feel smug as I drink my coffee on the tube and I’ve got a delicious breakfast to look forward to. It’s a great way of waking up, and will make the fact that I’ll be sitting for the rest of the day on the train, tube, and in lectures, not so bad. You are BADASS for running before 8am…FACT. Even better if it’s before 7am…
- I just have to run 2 miles, if I still feel crappy, exhausted, horrible after that then I can come home. I find that it takes my body a mile to realise what I’m doing, then another mile to find my groove, and if I haven’t by then, well full permission to come home and go back to bed/sit on the sofa.
- If I run now, I can watch Grey’s Anatomy later and put my pjs on the moment I get home (let’s face it, this is a winner for me – promise I used to be a party girl). I am not a night time runner, I like to go to bed early, relax on the sofa and blog in the evenings.
- I bet NYCRunning Mama would be getting up, getting her run done (and she has kids and a full time job). I am in awe of Michele, and Susie Chan for their amazing running schedules, long commutes and the fact that they have families too! I realised that I’m not alone in needing to run/workout early before a long commute – here are some of the tips that other runners shared on how they fit it all in.
- What will I tell my coach? I update her after most of my runs, in particular after my speed, tempo and long runs. If I don’t do the run then I’ll have to do it later or tell her why I haven’t run. This is one of the reasons why I love having a coach, it’s someone to be accountable to, keeping me honest and on track.
- What will I post on social media if I don’t run? I need something to put on Instagram!! (This is a bit of a joke, but also, not really).
What makes you get out of bed/head out for a run, even when you don’t really want to? Are you a morning or evening runner?