A few weeks ago, I commented on Twitter how I couldn’t believe that I had gotten up at 4:30 to run after getting home at 10:30 the night before. But I did it. Because it was important for me to get it done.
I am amazing at finding excuses for not working out, something I’m working to change now that I’m marathon training. On most Monday nights, I have choir rehearsals til 10. Sure, I could run on Tuesday after work, but I know myself. I know that I will be dragging through the day and not have the energy to run on Tuesday night. So I sacrifice an extra hour of sleep and get up at 4:30 to run, even though it means I’ve gotten around 5.5 hours of sleep. Sure, I end up in bed on Tuesday nights around 8pm, but it’s worth it to start my day out strong.
Admittedly, when we’re in concert week for choir and rehearsing til closer to 11 three times a week, those 4:30 workouts might go away for the sake of my health, but I’m going to make that decision when the time comes.
I’m not much of a morning person, but I’ve come to enjoy my morning workouts. I don’t get a lot of time to watch tv, but when I’m lifting weights or running or riding the bike in the trainer, I watch something I’ve recorded on my DVR. I save the “best” shows for the workouts I’m dreading the most, and it definitely helps. I used to workout after work, but all too often, I found an excuse and skipped the workout. So to combat all of those excuses, I workout in the mornings instead. Is it hard to get up that early? Yes. Is it worth it? Most definitely.