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Are you an early morning runner or a late riser like me?

31 Mar

So yesterday when I was feeling decidedly energetic (or mad you might say!) I told my friend I would run with her and the girls this morning at 5.20 for 5.30am. I haven’t done an early run like that in a while and I really fancied running a 10k knowing there were other people there too.

I normally wait until my husband gets up to go to work and then go to the gym then, so around 6/6.30 and I don’t mind that – I guess some of you probably think even that time is early but the difference is I wake up slowly and get out of bed when I want to rather than being forced out of bed because my alarm is going off.

Have you ever been jolted awake by your alarm clock and it takes you a few minutes to calm down? Yep that was me this morning. My alarm went off at 4.45am! My body didn’t know what on earth had happened to it and my poor husband almost jumped out of bed with fright! I apologised and told him to go back to sleep, and then stubbed my toe – screamed my head off, apologised again (seeing a pattern here?).

I stumbled out of the bedroom and managed to sort myself a glass of water and a very light breakfast, only to realise I couldn’t find my trainers, so yes you’ve guessed it I had to go back into the bedroom, tell my poor husband to hide his eyes so I could turn the light on at 5am on a Saturday morning. He actually didn’t say too much and rolled over and went back to sleep.

I met the girls and made it by the skin of my teeth, hurtling down the road at the last minute, switched my Garmin on and we were off.

The run itself was great. I chatted to the girls for a short while, then zoned out, iPod on and pushed on. Felt really good and the route in the end was 9.4km but I was happy with that as training this week has been somewhat sporadic around working so it was good to be out running.

They do say that running early in the morning is better for weight loss and there are all sorts of theories out there but I figure if you have the choice run when you want to run, or if you don’t have a choice it doesn’t matter anyway as you don’t have a choice when you run :-)

I’m not sure I will get up so early again for a while but it was good to be up and running and be done before most people are even up for breakfast. When I worked close by I would run home or go straight to the gym after work and that worked for me but now running my own business and working in my office at home things are a bit more flexible and it’s great!

So when do you train? Vote in the poll below if you get a chance as I’d love to know

Pre-race jitters…

3 Aug

So I am running in the Townsville half marathon this coming Sunday and I was fine until my friend told me that only 220 competed in last year’s race…..I found myself rushing to Google the race, checking the results and panicking that I might be last!

I haven’t had a great week training wise. I didn’t run on Saturday as wasn’t feeling well and so ran on Sunday in Pomona on the Sunshine Coast as I was there to drop off my doggie who is staying with my mother in law for the next couple of weeks. I managed to run 10k before deciding it was a bit too remote (and warm) for me and racing back to the house, and I haven’t run since then.

Normally the week before a race I taper off but this is ridiculous. My husband decided that I shouldn’t run yesterday and today as I have been exhausted with work and college (studying a graphic design course two nights a week) and my achilles is not the best. Then tomorrow I just realised I have an early morning meeting and am out at night – so Thursday is the last option!

So all afternoon I have been thinking..’what if I am last!’, ‘what will I say to people’, ‘how humiliating’.

I think I just need to get over it!!

I am reminded of the Olympic Games creator Baron Pierre de Coubertin’s famous quote about ‘it not being about the winning, but the taking part’ he then goes on to say ‘the essential thing in life is not about conquering but fighting well.’ Awesome quote and very true but I still have that niggling feeling in my stomach like I always do before a race….

I think though what Baron Pierre said is so right and we should learn from it.

We concentrate so much on pushing ourselves and not being happy with our time that we forget why we are doing something to begin with – we run, because:

  • we love it,
  • we’re passionate about it
  • and regardless of what we think; we are good at it.

In fact 33% of you that completed the poll on this site asking why you run said it was because you enjoy it – so my thought for myself and anyone else feeling the same way tonight is remember why you do it,  appreciate it and enjoy it.

A bit philosophical for me tonight I know but worth pondering over….

So, tell me why you run!

26 Jun

I’ve put a poll on my site (on the right hand side column) as I am keen to know why you like running.

My answer is that I enjoy it, but many people run for a multitude of reasons.

I also like the fact that with running if I have had a bad day I can just get on the treadmill or go outside and just run it off;

I can forget about my busy day and I can run;

I can grab the dog and I can run;

If I need to think about something and come up with a resolution, I can put my trainers on and I can run;

If I want to catch up with friends and exercise at the same time I can run;

Running is great, that’s why I do it!

Have a great weekend!

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