Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Why I should exercise in the morning!

So last night I put all my running gear in a basket so that I could get out of bed this morning and go running.

Unfortunately I was awake at 5:30 (alarm set for 6:40).  It was dark and cold and I was keen to go back to sleep - but it took me a little while to get back to sleep.  I remember thinking that I'd have to get up even earlier than this if I was to try a 6am exercise class so that didn't seem likely!!  So by the time my alarm went off I had been in a deep sleep and really didn't want to wake up so I turned off my alarm and went back to sleep.  7:30 and my partner's alarm went off.  I then woke up and started doing stuff on the iphone (making room to store some MOG songs, but also checking up on facebook) so I didn't get out of bed until 8 and then it was a mad rush to get ready for work.  It also meant that I didn't have breakfast at home but thankfully there was yoghurt in the fridge at work!  It's doubtful that I'll go for my run when I get home as its usually close to being dark when I get home and I don't trust the area I live in to run when its dark.

But it's led me to make this post to remind me of why I want to get up early and exercise in the mornings.

1. It's awesome knowing I can come home and have the evening free to do non-exercise stuff.
2. I'm pretty good at making excuses to not exercise when I get home.
3. It would have been good to tire out the dog before I left for work (although I tire out before he does!)
4. I generally feel pretty good after exercising.

Although that said I was feeling pretty sore when I got out of bed - so I'm not sure if running would have loosened my legs and glutes or made the soreness worse :)

I think the plan will be to go for a run tomorrow before work and go to my planned boxing class at 7pm tomorrow night.  I don't want to tire myself out too much before the class - I don't even know how I'm going to survive 30 minutes of boxing.  I was doing 1:30 rounds on the weekend in our group session and barely being able to do anything with my arms afterwards :)

Most other mornings I've been good and not read facebook before getting out of bed.. but it felt like one of those mornings today!  There wasn't even anything that I couldn't have just read later in the day!!

Am also hoping my herbal tablets I'm trying (for improving the quality of my sleep) start working soon as it would make getting out of bed earlier a lot easier if I was sleeping through the night!!


  1. Hi Jen, Used to get up in the mornings to go for a run but am a person who likes to get up in the light so winters see me running in the evening. Having said that it s so much harder to motivate yourself after a day's work. And you're right it feels so much better with time to yourself in the evenings. Hope the mornings go well for you.

    1. Thanks :) I think I'm lucky that it started getting lighter earlier when preseason started. I'm going to struggle when daylight hours are shorter as I don't want to be running in the dark :(. Something to worry about next year :)