I have a really great group of friends. I really like them.
If you must know the truth, I think my friends should be honored I feel this way about them because if you know me, you know I have little tolerance for people.
Forever my motto.
It is actually nice to know that my friends feel the same way about me as well. At least I think they do?
We all get moody. We all have days where we are dealing with serious life issues or just a PMS mood swing where we don’t feel like talking to anyone and wish to hide from the world.
It warms my heart to know that when this happens to any of my close friends, they avoid everyone…except for me.
They choose to talk to me because I am, for the most part, non-judgemental, help to put things into perspective, listen without trying to conjure up a solution and when all else fails, I get them to laugh and always recommend an ice cream cone with sprinkles.
There are times however where my true opinion is asked. There are also times where I can’t be all that sweet and kind because I am rather honest and blunt, especially on certain topics.
Sometimes I am asked for help in such a way that it seems everything must be easy and quick for me to answer, as if I can rattle off recipes in one text, advice and tips in the next message and solve all of the world’s problems in a matter of minutes.
Recently I was asked how to become a morning runner.
I can certainly throw at you a string of words and phrases which resemble some the cookie-cutter How-To lists generated from a google search on the subject but something like that coming from someone like me wouldn’t be all that genuine.
The truth is, I have always been a morning person. I have never used an alarm clock in my entire life and sleeping in as a kid meant not opening my eyes until 7:00 am.
Over the course of my 36 years of life, maybe I have stayed asleep past 9:00 am a handful of times.
If you are not a morning person, I haven’t the slightest idea how to tell you to get up earlier to workout other than simply say, get yourself out of bed and go.
I can’t relate to your inability to get up in the morning. I don’t understand why you need a buzzing beeping sound to rattle you out of sleep.
I don’t know how you skip a morning workout in favor of sleeping in to then stumble through your morning routine with half an eye opened on your way to work.
I don’t understand how sleeping an extra hour can offer you the same energy and cheery mood that an endorphin-producing morning run as short as thirty minutes can.
You make no sense to me when you say you can’t find thirty minutes a couple of mornings a week to get up and get out there.
And you have a treadmill in your house? But you can’t bring yourself to get out of bed, put your clothes on and push the button? Please explain.
You often skip your evening plan for a workout because life gets in the way? Please tell me what is getting in the way at 5:30 am, even if only a few times a week.
Unless you need to catch a 6:00 am flight or leave for work at a super early hour, I don’t know how to relate.
I realize I am being a bit narrow-minded, blunt and harsh but sometimes, especially when it comes to situations like this, my friends need to be spoken to in this manner. Sometimes these precise words and questions are necessary to get them to stop making excuses and to finally see where they can make adjustments to their routine.
Since I don’t want to upset you and because I can’t buy you an ice cream cone to make peace, here is a sweetened up version of what I just said:
*A morning workout gives you energy to power through your day.
*An early morning run or workout will put a smile on your face, reduce some stress and help you to be kinder to the people who encounter you afterwards.
*Running in the morning frees up time later for life to get in the way.
And on the same note, very little can interfere with your morning workout. Think about it; nothing is interfering when you are choosing to stay asleep so what would get in the way if you chose to instead get up and do some burpees, planks and jumping jacks in your living room?
*Starting your day with a workout may help you to stick to your healthy diet and lifestyle.
*Waking up earlier may help you to go to get into bed earlier which may lead to less night-time snacking, possible weight loss and maybe even better – more hours of sleeping.
*Getting up an hour earlier than normal may leave you tired within the first few minutes but you won’t feel it once you get moving nor will you notice it later in the day.
*At 5:00 pm, you will be happy your workout was already completed.
I really wish I could tell you that sleeping in your workout apparel will help you to get up in the morning and run but I just can’t say this to you and feel serious about it.
I know some people do this (to each their own I suppose), but it’s not something I can relate to or recommend.
I cannot fathom sleeping in a running skirt and a sweat-wicking athletic top with a built-in bra and back closure clip that I think would dig into my skin.
Listen people. It is summer. The sun is up and out early. Join it.
Wake up and put your clothes up like a big girl (or boy). Brush your teeth, sip your coffee or water and eat a banana or whatever it is you need to do in order to lace up and get moving.
Set the routine now so that when winter comes, you are already adapted to the morning workout regimen and won’t be tempted to stay under the covers when it is cold and dreary out there.
Ugh, let’s not even think about that now.
Are you a morning person or do you prefer to sleep in?
What time is your most effective workout time?
Do you sleep in your gym clothes?
Do you have friends you turn to when you feel like talking to no one else?