I’ve never been a morning runner, rather a ‘before lunch’ type of runner. That’s my thing and in ideal world that’s what I would always do: sleep (not too much, just the right amount), have breakfast and 1 to 2 hours later I’d go for a run.
I still do it on Sundays. Ah, Sundays.
Now I have to squeeze my runs in the morning before I go to work. I still consider myself quite lucky as I start at 9.30 am and i have to go out at 8.45am. And I don’t have kids.
I can plan my workout as I want to.
On my running day my alarm sets off at 6am.
I fight with the feeling ‘fuck it I want to sleep’ for a few seconds and then I dash to the kitchen and I light fire under moka. Then I dress (I have to say that preparing everything the evening before helps a lot). Coffee is ready and I sip it careful not to burn my tongue and I chew on a date or two or on few almonds.
I learnt to do few things in advance or in contemporary so I don’t waste time. Like putting my garmin outside before putting on shoes. None of this would be possible without caffeine.
I go out and I run (writing it is much easier than actually doing it but #Irollwithit), sometimes I win sometimes I just have to be glad that I got out. Sometimes fresh air wipe my brain off the bad thoughts and sometimes it brings out all the things I wish I’d said but I didn’t.
Once I’m done I go back and I drink a big mug of water&lemon, I put my running clothes in the washing machine and I take shower. Yes, I worked out this routine to save time. #efficiency
Then I have breakfast while reading the news on my phone and/or scrolling down my Insta feed. #glamlife
As you might have guessed now none of this is epic and it doesn’t resemble a nike ad.
Why do it then?
Once it’s done you don’t have to worry how the day goes.
Sometimes you have to work late, sometimes you’re more tired in the evening or just something comes up.
Strangely it gives you energy for the day or at least for some part of it
You’re less hard on yourself.
I’m quite pissed when I don’t hit my optimal pace or the scheduled pace but I know that running is a blessing, managing to squeeze your run into a busy day is sometimes a miracle so why bring yourself down?
You feel like a badass afterwards.
I think I should make myself an according t-shirt. #lifegoals
Why it sucks?
Waking up early. I don’t know about you but I’m a solar battery and I fuel with sun. Getting up when it’s dark for me is a nightmare.
Going to bed early. Sometime it’s hard to explain that you have to go to sleep when people want to party/dine/watch films until dawn (when it’s dawn that you have to get up).
Planning. I plan a lot and sometimes I really don’t want to think about spreading my clothes out to have the ready the morning after.
Energy. Like I said running gives you a burst of energy for a start but there are days that it’s not enough (on the other hand it happens also on non-running days).
At the end of the day the choice for me is run or not to run. After work I want to do other stuff, relax, meet with other people and so on. Sometimes I’m just exhausted and I want to lay on the sofa. It’s up to you, put running into your daily routine based on your priorities. Don’t apologize. It’s your choice. As three-time Ironman world champion Mirinda Carfrae said:
“Yeah it sucks some days, but you get up and do it anyways.”