Raise your hand if you hate hearing that alarm in the morning. Ok, raise your hand if you hate seeing it go off before 7am. I can’t see your hands, but it would be interesting to know how many of you feel that way. If I had to guess, I’d bet most of you are getting up before 7am for work, because of kids, or to run. If I asked who is getting up before 6am, that number might drop, and probably less and less would be up before 5am.
When I first started running, my schedule was much different. I was able to get out and run at 7-8am. The monsters, I mean my kids, would have me up before then, but I wasn’t as rushed to get out the door. Things have changed and now most mornings my alarm goes off around 5am. I know there’s plenty of you that are up earlier than that, and I applaud you for your commitment.
For me, I am NOT a morning person. The fact that my alarm goes off at 5am makes me question why I do this. Worse than that, the fact that I’m at the point where I no longer need an alarm to be up at 5am makes me very angry. I like my sleep. I like being a night owl. And yet, every morning, rain or shine, the alarm goes off, I grab my shoes, and I’m out the door.
If you would have told me a couple years ago that I would willingly get up at that time to exercise before work, I would have consider you crazy and probably said something inappropriate about people who do things like that. So how did I go from that guy, to this guy? A few things:
- I didn’t start that early. As I said earlier, I let running become a part of my life before I let it affect my wake up time. This has only been occurring for a few months. If I was required to get up early to run before work the first summer I trained for a half marathon, it would have never happened. I eased into it.
- I set a big, time sensitive goal. Let’s be honest, some mornings, the only thing that got me out of bed to go run, was the fact that I knew if I didn’t, that my goal of Boston 2018 had no chance. I had already put in so much work and it would be such a waste to give up now. If I was just trying to PR for PR sake, I might have let things slide a bit. Knowing I only had a few months in which to achieve my goal kept me getting up in the morning.
- I set a routine. Having my alarm go off and then just hoping to get out of bed and get out the door usually led to some snoozing. Now, I know that I want to be out the door 30 minutes after my alarm goes off. This gives me time to get ready, grab something to drink, spend some time on Instagram and then head out.
- I get to beat the heat. For now, this is huge. There’s plenty of mornings it’s already warm and humid outside, but at least I’m not dealing with the sun beaming down on me. That, and it’s still the coolest part of the day. Where it’s going to get hard is when winter rolls around and it’s the coldest part of the day. Not looking forward to that, but that’s where routine will help carry me through. That, and potentially the return of the snow beard!
It all comes down to necessity. I have goals I want to achieve and if I’m committed to them, well there’s other things in my life that can’t be moved around, so this is where I have to squeeze them in. It’s also nice because early mornings mean time isn’t taken away from family. But don’t get me wrong, if I could grab an extra couple hours of sleep and still get the training in, I would do it in a heart beat.
What am I missing? What are your tips and tricks for getting up early. Feel free to offer them up in the comments below.