A morning runner?Posted: August 9, 2011
Remember yesterday when I said I wanted to get in a few miles in the morning? Well… I got up at 5:30am! What!!!!
Really, I shouldn’t get all the credit; I wasn’t actually that motivated or pumped about getting up to go running. First, I made the mistake of having my $2 treat receipt Frappuccino right before bed. Then Brendan’s mom arrived super late to come stay in our apartment. I ended up sleeping horribly all night, so I was dying to get out of bed this morning. At 5am I googled what time the sun would rise and which Berkeley coffee shop would open the earliest. So I headed to Peet’s for a pre-run hot chocolate, and then I was off for my morning run on the bay.
I LOVE the morning. I hate waking up, but once I’m up I am always in love with the way the world feels while the sun is rising. The people who are up are so friendly; they ALL say good morning to each other. I walked to the coffee shop in the dark, and it felt like I was being let in on a secret… Berkeley is magical in the morning. Who would have thought?! Now, I know I said the same sort of thing about walking to the start line of the SF marathon, so I think it might just be how I feel about being awake for sunrise.
The bay was so calm and wonderful at 6:30am. It was the best run I’ve been on in quite a while, which was especially exciting considering how bad my last run was.
I even saw a guy doing a pretty extreme early morning brick workout. He was in a full wetsuit coming out of the bay the first time I saw him, and then he was on his bike (still in the wetsuit) later down the path. CRAZY!
I know that I would really love to be a morning runner, I just love sleeping so much! How can I make myself remember how much I liked this feeling when I am warm under the covers?
I even surprised myself: my goal of getting in a few easy miles turned into an 8 mile run at sunrise! I might sound like a broken record now, but it really was just so amazing. Would it be too ambitious of me to plan on another morning run tomorrow?
Are you a morning, afternoon, or evening runner? Have you given the other timeslots a fair chance?
I have almost always gone running in the morning on vacations, and I love it then, but it seems so much harder to wake up before work or school in real life.