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Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Me and Waking Up Early...

don't really get along too well. Actually, that's not entirely true because I sort of go through phases. If I get into the habit, it's easy. No big deal. But once that habit is's bad news. Yeah, I realize that this is just the way it is with broken habits...but I honestly think it's worse for me than other people. Especially when it comes to waking up.

Amy once wrote a post on how to wake up early. It's a good post with some really helpful tricks on getting your ass out of bed. But none of that stuff--turning on the lights, sleeping in my running clothes, putting the alarm clock across the room--none of it helps me. I drink so much water during the day that I have to get up at least once during the night to go to the bathroom. And because of this, I've learned to do things in my sleep quite well. I'm also a really heavy sleeper and have never had a problem with going back to sleep if something really does fully wake me up.

I'm notorious for resetting my alarm clock for a later time. The snooze button is just way too annoying for me. When I was in Boston, I scheduled a wake-up call at 5:45 AM. Well, as it turned out, I just wasn't ready to get up at 5:45 AM. I wanted to sleep until the last possible minute, so I picked up the phone and set a whole new wake up time. I mean seriously. That's ridiculous. I'll even reset it for 5 or 10 minutes later rather than hit snooze or God forbid-get up.

This little problem is something that I try to overcome everyday. And some days, I actually succeed. Today was one of those days, which is awesome because now I have time for gardening during the last few daylight hours, watching American Idol, Pilates and doing a little work.

And here's another benefit to working out first thing. It wakes me up and gets me all energized for the day! I just love it! I'm looking forward to tomorrow's morning run. Wish me luck.

On a side note-check out the right hand column of the blog...I finally added my training log and daily runs so now I can't lie to you about completing those 15 and 20 mile weekend runs. Just kidding! I would never lie to you.


Dana said...

Of course you would never lie to us..;-) I can't help ya on getting up early to run. It's just not my thang. I barely give myself time to wash my face & brush my teeth & put on some clothes before heading to work. Morning person...NOT!

Anonymous said...

Can you slow down on your water consumption after 4 p.m.? That might help avoid getting up in the night.

April said...

I could, and that does help, but sometimes I don't get enough earlier in the day so I try to play catch up. Probably not the best idea! Thanks for the tip!