Today, let's talk about workouts. Specifically, early morning workouts.
So, once upon a time, I would have NEVER gotten up at 5:30am to run or go to the gym. Never. But 2 or 3 years ago, I started meeting my two closest friends for early morning runs. They already had a routine established, and at that point, I was training for a half marathon, but had never actually run with anyone. I was kind of nervous to do so, thinking I couldn't keep up, but it was fine. And more fun. Lots more fun. The early morning part? Well, that wasn't easy, but knowing there were 2 people who were expecting me to meet them helped keep me accountable.
Anyway, fast forward to now. Our workouts have evolved and changed. With Davis in preschool 3 days a week and child care at my gym, you might think I would have moved beyond the early morning workout. And there are days that I don't get it done early. Days that I just want to sleep in til the grand old hour of 7. But even on preschool days, I prefer to get the workout done and have the option of my 4 preschool hours being all mine to get other stuff done. Or, to get a second workout in, but that's just my own little obsession. I like to eat. I don't want to gain weight. So, sometimes, there are two-a-days. Don't judge.
I often have people ask me, "How do you exercise so early? I could never do that!" Well, folks, if I didn't have my friends to keep me accountable, I would turn off my alarm every single morning. But as it is, I (usually) get up when we have an early workout on the calendar. So, if you can find friends to exercise with, do it! Nothing feels better than being done with a workout by 7am, and having the rest of the day ahead of you. Plus, if you exercise with friends, then you have a little social time to kick your day off right.
These days, we don't run quite as much. It used to be two 4 mile runs, and one 6-miler every week. Now we cross-train a lot more. We change it up with running, spinning, and strength. I want to run another half marathon in the next year or so (Rock and Roll Half is coming to Raleigh in 2014 - yay!), and I'm doing the Tar Heel 10 Miler again in April. I love the changes. I used to loathe spin classes. Now, I go 2-3/week and actually look forward to them just a little bit.
The point is this: if you think you can't exercise at the crack of dawn, you can. You really can. Oh, and I've forgotten to tell you the very best part of our early mornings: there is always coffee. Always. We all have the Bruegger's Bottomless Mug cards, so we hit Bruegger's after every early workout and get coffee.
And that's the real reason I get out of bed at 5:30am.