Wake me up before you go-go

We get up every day at 5:30 to go running. Starting Thursday, it just might have to be earlier than that even as we jump up to 25 minutes that we need to run.

So you might assume that we are morning people. Well you'd be wrong.

I am so not a morning person. I never really have been (just ask my mom that one, she got to put up with me for years). I have always had a natural tendency towards waking up earlier than most, especially on weekends, but that does not make me a morning person.

Mostly I used to just be grumpy in the morning and it just took me a little bit to perk up. As I've gotten older, I am now finding that I'm cursed with something else.

I'm dang slow!

I can't move fast in the mornings anymore to save my life. I used to pride myself on being able to roll out of bed and be ready to go somewhere in 15 minutes or less. Not anymore.

I partially blame the "black hole complex" of the shower. I get into the shower and think I've been in there five minutes and it ends up being 10 or more. My skin care routine, which has saved my face in so many ways I love it, is a little complex, so that takes some time. Short hair is easy - but it can be putzy too, especially when I'm close to needing a hair cut like I am right now.

And don't even think about making me eat fast. Are you kidding? I just have cereal and coffee most days, but I need time to eat and let it digest and all of that. And who drinks hot coffee quickly? Anyone?

Nate is more or less like me too - he also moves slower than he'd like to in the mornings.

So, that is why we get up so dang early to go running. I know people have often wondered, because we live so close to our respective offices, that we should not need to get up that early to get the run done before showering and going to work. But you factor in the things I listed and yes, we need that time! So while I don't like getting up at the crack of dawn, it's necessary if I want to be a runner AND still have the time I need to get ready in the morning. And I do want to be a runner. I like the way it makes me feel.

For the record - I'm not a "night person" either. I'm a weirdo - I'm a "middle of the day" person. I'm probably at my best from about lunchtime to 8:00 pm or so. Yeah, I'm an odd one.

The good news is we're back to a point in our training where every other day we just do a 15 minute walk - so those days we can "sleep in" a few extra minutes and let me tell you, those are nice days!

I must be getting old. Ha ha!


Gina said...

I'm the opposite of you...when I wake up I'm usually ready to go pretty quickly unless I'm having a lazy day. The thing is though I don't dread getting up at 5:30 for my workouts...is that weird?

Jes said...

Cheers for not being a morning person!