“A person should set his goals as early as he can and devote all his energy and talent to getting there. With enough effort, he may achieve it. Or he may find something that is even more rewarding. But in the end, no matter what the outcome, he will know he has been alive.” - Walt Disney

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Seriously Sleepy

"He sees the world through half-closed eyes and always seems to be talking through a yawn.  Perpetually nodding off, Sleepy could easily recline anywhere to get some sleep.  A rare talker, when he does have something to say, it is always straight and to the point – even though he’s too tired to know it." - http://crushable.com/entertainment/fun-facts-about-the-seven-dwarfs-from-snow-white/

I was seriously Sleepy earlier today.  This morning I got up early and did my run before work.  Since I start work at 7:30, I was up at 5:00 a.m. to make sure I would have time to run, shower, dress, etc. and still get to work on time.  Wow.  Worried about oversleeping, I set 3 alarms.  THREE.  I feel great now, but before I stepped on the treadmill I was still half-asleep, and having some serious misgivings about embarking on the endeavor.  So, why, do you ask, did I do such a thing?

Here's why: it was a test run for me (pardon the pun).  As the heat of summer quickly approaches, I'm tossing around the idea of switching my weekday runs from post-work runs to pre-work runs.  My thoughts are that since it's getting hot, all my weekday runs will be on the treadmill anyway, so why not run in the morning and reap the benefits of an early morning workout?:
  • Easier to get it done - many fewer conflicts at 5 a.m. than at 5 p.m.;
  • Gets me up and going - oxygen's better than coffee!;
  • Experience the "runner's high" all morning;
  • Revs up my metabolism for more effective fat burning throughout the day;
  • I'll fall asleep faster/earlier & sleep better at night;
  • It's cooler (treadmill room has western exposure, so even with the A/C it can get pretty warm in there in the afternoon/evening during the summer);
  • Establishes the morning workout routine for both my body and my brain, and will hopefully make it easier to wake up early on Saturday mornings for long runs.
And, in order to get some consistency, on non-run mornings I'm going to try to get back into doing my Yoga for Runners and cross-training on the elliptical.  So I'll be seeing this a lot more often:

Wish me luck, and we'll see how it goes!

Today's stats:
  • 10 min. warm-up walk
  • 2.64 mi run; 0:35:00 min; 13:15 min/mi avg pace

1 comment:

  1. I'm with you - it's hard getting up that early (I also have to be at work at 7:30) but it's totally worth it in the end!! :0)