Early Riser

Like it or not, I’m definitely a morning person.

The rest of my family? Not so much.

Spouse comes from a long line of late snoozers. His parents routinely eat breakfast at noon and it is verboten to telephone prior to the ungodly hour of 10 AM.

MGM (7) and Trixie (5) are also going to be in for a rude awakening (pun!) when school starts on August 25th. Our babysitter reported that the two of them have rarely been seen before 10 AM all summer long.

Me? I’m a different sort.

In residency I could go from being totally asleep to performing surgery in an OR within 60 seconds. On weekends, I rarely sleep until 8 o’clock. Early flight? No trouble.

Take today as an example. Spouse wanted to do something at 9 AM, and I knew I had to get a long run in at some point. I could have waited until he returned this afternoon, but honestly, when I have an exhausting workout I know I need to accomplish, I just want to knock it out ASAP.

So I set my alarm for 5 AM. Except I didn’t even really need it since I slept fitfully, knowing that I had to be up early (I call this Back to School Anxiety, but it’s really something that happens to me all the time – including almost every Sunday night).

I was able to complete 15 miles by about 8 AM. I wanted to do a little more but had to get home before Spouse needed to leave.

Organization is key for being a morning exerciser.

Make sure you have everything you need set out ahead of time, including earphones, a water bottle, nutrition gels (for long runs), and put your keys next to it all. The last thing you want is to slow your roll and/or never make it out the door in the first place.

Today I forgot my Nike FuelBand, which was a bummer because I did a ton of steps with this run and it would have been fun to record it.

Here are some more tips for successful A.M. exercising. My favorite one was to wear your workout clothes to bed.

P.S. Kids were still sound asleep when I got home. They definitely inherited those genes from their dad.

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2 thoughts on “Early Riser

  1. From a fellow early bird, I’ve tried sleeping in my workout clothes. But that’s just less time for me to drink coffee. I like to have about 30 minutes to wake up my muscles.

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