Saturday, April 6

Crack of Dawn

Morning runners baffle me.

I can get myself out of bed to drive two hours to a race--because the last four races I ran in 2012 were all in Ohio--but I can't seem to find a way to get myself up to meet my running group at 7 a.m. on Saturday mornings for long runs.

Right now it's still 25º at 7 a.m. That's a kicker for me because I can't breathe as well in that cold. (Plus cold is cold, and I'm soooo sick of cold weather...) But I can't even get myself up to go to the gym. And it's warm in there.

Since I missed the run this morning (I definitely slept till 10...), I'm going to meet a friend and run with her this afternoon. It'll be at least 45º by then, but probably warmer.

I don't know how you morning runners do it. Maybe it's because I don't have someone waiting there to guilt me about it. I haven't really bonded with any of the other runners in the group very well, so it's not really like any of them are expecting me to show. I don't know. My coach will probably mention it on Tuesday night, but I am still doing the miles today, so I don't feel bad. In fact, the route my friend has planned for us today is tougher than the flat trail we were supposed to run this morning, so I think it's a bit of punishment for skipping out.

Some of you who set your alarms crazy early seem to thrive on it. How do you do it? Is there a drug I need to know about? The literal "Crack" of dawn? Help me out, guys. I feel like I'm missing some vital part of being a runner because I can't drag myself out of bed at crazy hours of the morning to run.


  1. I'm right there with ya. I struggle REALLY bad getting up early in the morning to go swimming or biking. It doesn't matter what the temp is outside, I'm just not a morning person. Lol. I have found though that one thing that works for me sometimes is bribing myself. If I get all of my swims done in the morning through the week (3 total Mon-Wed-Fri), then I can treat myself to something on the weekend.

  2. Bribes might work for me... I can't say that I haven't tried that before, though. :)

    I just don't know how folks do it. I commend you for your good attitude towards your early workouts! Way to get it done, Ara!

  3. I struggle with mornings too but I can do it if someone is waiting on me! That's the only way. It doesn't work for my hubby to go with either, because we collectively decide to turn of the alarm...

  4. I really struggle with morning runs too. I have to figure out a way to make it happen though because my afternoons and evenings are so hectic. I've tried laying out my clothes the night before, I've tried setting multiple alarms in multiple rooms of my house.

    Let me know when you figure out something that works!


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