Or should I say, Happy Cinco de Mayo?! Today is a day for margaritas.
Yesterday I skipped my long run in lieu of gallivanting all over DC, and since I knew I was grabbing margaritas after work, I committed to waking up over an hour earlier than usual and completing my long run this morning. I’ve made this promise to myself before and broken it. I always crave that extra hour of sleep. But somewhere along the line, I realized that if I want results–whether increase in speed, decrease in weight, fat loss, etc., I needed to commit to making a change. I needed to commit to the action items (holy work talk) that would commit to my desired results. I can no longer keep making up excuses. I am fully aware that if I wake up each morning and work out before work, I will feel SO much better throughout the rest of the day. In the past, my excuse has been: “well, with my commute, it’s impossible for me to work out before work and still get to work at a decent time.” False. If I go to bed earlier, I will wake up earlier. I was hesitant to give up 30-60 minutes of my night in lieu of going to bed earlier, but then I thought–what am I REALLY doing with those 30-60 minutes? Nothing useful. So, CHEERS, to margaritas and forming a new habit–because first you make the habit and then the habit makes you.
Things that helped me get out of bed this morning:
- I told Chris and Shelby my intentions yesterday, which held me accountable to a certain extent. While I knew that neither would be disappointed in me if I decided to stay in the comfort of my zebra bed, I also knew that both cared enough to ask if I did it and I would feel badly if I had to say “No, nah, I didn’t end up doing it because [insert excuse x, y, OR z here].”
- I went to bed early.
- I had multiple dreams that I woke up late. I had a very rocky sleep so I was jarred awake around 5:30am anyway.
- I had the sneaking suspicion that if I didn’t do my long run this morning, I would struggle to cross the finish line on June 8 (the date of my second half marathon!!). So… obviously beating my time of 2 hours would be out of the question.
- I told myself that if I beat my time of 2 hours and work out before work 2-3 times a week I could buy myself a nice pair of Brooks running shoes. Like these:
Hahaaa just kidding. These are $160. I’ll still probably have to go to the Sale section. I will probably go to Fleet Feet either way to get a proper sneaker fitting (They have a ‘FITlosophy.’ It makes me smile). By the way, did you know Brooks has a Wish List? This is dangerous.
Thoughts during my early, early morning run:
Yes! One mile before 6am
Holy crap I still have 6 miles
I can’t wait until I am halfway through
Oh gosh when I’m at 3.5 miles I still have 3.5 miles left
WHY AM I ON THE TREADMILL
I am hungry
I WANT TO STOP
I feel awesome about myself
I’m getting up early to workout all the time!
I can’t do this again
Maybe I should just do 5 miles
YOU HAVE TO DO 7 MILES OR YOU WON’T MAKE IT OVER THE FINISH LINE IN JUNE
I hate the treadmill
I think my toes are burning off
What is this movie? This is a strange representation of South Africa
How early do you wake up to work out? One of my co-workers wakes up at 4:45am but I draw the line at 5:30am.