As per the usual Kentucky weather, we have completely skipped spring and jumped right into summer.  This means that running after work is less than pleasant.  My options?  Running on the treadmill or giving morning workouts a try again.  Considering that the treadmill was starting to cause some serious issues with my mental status as far as running was concerned, I thought I would throw caution to the wind and set the alarm for 5:15AM.

And it amazing.

If you would have told me last week year that I would be getting up at 5AM to run I say (and honestly believe) that you were crazy.  I am not a morning person…or at least I wasn’t until this week.  I’ve been getting up early for years, but I’ve never been happy about it.  However, the thought of running 90 degree heat sounded even less appealing than waking up before the crack of dawn.

Wednesday morning I was up and out the door by 6AM.  I wasn’t ready for anything earlier just yet so we decided we would just go to work a little later than normal (we have very flexible scheduling) and start off small.

The run was terrible.

I was nauseous almost immediately and my heart rate was 140 before I even got into my first jogging interval.  I didn’t think I would going to even make it off my street, let alone go the entire 31 minutes.

I was right.  I wound up getting really sick in a field not far from my house and almost called it quits.  I wasn’t actually sick, I just learned the hard way that my body doesn’t like physical activity on a completely empty stomach.  I made it through the first three minute and five minute intervals but then I had to stop.  I decided to just finish out the 30 minutes by walking around the neighborhood.

Initially, I felt like it was an epic failure, but by the time I got home I had a huge smile on my face.

Most people WALK faster than that!
Most people WALK faster than that!

A year ago the thought of me getting up and walking/jogging a mile and a half at 6AM would have been laughable.  Hell, it might have been impossible.  I couldn’t jog for 30 seconds 6 months ago, and I’m up to five minutes now.  Just thinking about how far I’ve come made the experience amazing.  As so many things before it has been, it was a learning experience.  This morning was already a drastic improvement.

Huge improvement from day 1!  Just a little bite of something made all the difference.
Huge improvement from day 1! Just a little bite of something made all the difference.

So, for now at least, it looks like I’m a morning runner.

I sat down tonight and made THE PERFECT PLAYLIST.  Of course, as luck would have it, tomorrow is a rest day (I.E. time for me to get my Gleek on while I cross-train on the elliptical) so I won’t get to sample it until Saturday.

My Mom is coming up tomorrow night and I am SO excited!  We’re going to my friend Sarah’s bachelorette party on Saturday.  Everyone is meeting at a nail salon in town for pedicures and then we’re having dinner at her favorite sushi restaurant.  Mom and I are going to the salon to get our hair done before the pedicures, so it’s going to be a nice, relaxing weekend.  I took tomorrow off work so that I could be sure to get all of my homework out of the way and I’m really looking forward to just kicking back for a day or so.  Planning to keep on top of my food this weekend, but I know it’s going to be difficult.  Hopefully the running in the morning will continue to curb the cravings like it has today and yesterday.  I plan to only eat sushi Saturday and Cliff and I are making my Mom a yummy surprise dinner tomorrow night.  (Surprise Mom!)

Now it’s time for bed because I still plan on getting up with Cliff tomorrow and working out before spending the rest of the day curled up in a recliner learning about PC storage.

Oh I can hardly contain my excitement.

” ‘Cause sometimes you just feel tired,
Feel weak, and when you feel weak, you feel like you wanna just give up.
But you gotta search within you, you gotta find that inner strength
And just pull that shit out of you and get that motivation to not give up
And not be a quitter, no matter how bad you wanna just fall flat on your face and collapse.”

~Till I Collapse – Eminem

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *