Becoming a Morning Person

I am NOT a morning person. In fact, when you take a mental image of what a morning person consists of, I am pretty much the exact opposite. I always joke that my internal alarm is set for 10am, but it’s true. When waking up, unprompted, by my own free-will, I will get up at almost exactly 10am every single time. Sometimes getting up at 7:30am for work is a serious struggle…I’m a big-time snoozer-till-8 kind of girl. I’ve been like this my whole life, and I just can’t kick the habit.

Typically, it’s not a huge problem. But lately…it has been. Why do you ask? Because of THIS:

It’s SO effing hot.

This weather has been seriously hindering my running schedule. The only time it’s even remotely bearable to step outside is at 6am, and even then it’s already 80 degrees! Personally, I think it would be unsafe and irresponsible for me to try to run after work in 97 degree heat. It’s just too hot and I’d risk exhaustion! Seriously, who decided to sign me up for a fall marathon? Why didn’t I think about the fact that I’d have to train for it in the dead heat of summer? Marine Corps Marathon, you will be the death of me!

So anyway, here’s my question to all of you morning people:

HOW do you turn yourself into a morning person?

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I get the whole go to bed early, wake up early concept. But in reality, that just doesn’t work for me. I go to bed at 9pm and STILL have trouble waking up at 8am. There was a stint in college where I actually did wake up every morning at 6am and go to the gym. I loved it, but I also hated it at the same time. When I graduated, that plan went totally out the window because I had to leave my house at 7am, which meant I had to get up at 4:45am to exercise, and that just wasn’t happening. I honestly feel like I could (and SHOULD) start getting up early now to exercise before work. But how?

Here’s exactly what happens when I try to wake up early:

  • At 10pm I set my alarm for 6am and get SUPER pumped about waking up early to run.
  • At 6am my alarm goes off and I feel groggy and far too comfortable in my bed.
  • Most of the time my stomach hurts (I’m probably just hungry) and I mentally decide that I’m just not ready to get up and move.
  • Reset my alarm for 7:30am.
  • Alarm goes off at 7:30am, but I could probably get another 30 minutes of sleep if I don’t dry my hair.
  • Decide that’s a great plan and reset my alarm for 8am.
  • Alarm goes off at 8am, snooze until 8:09. Sometimes even 8:18.
  • Reluctantly get out of bed.

I just don’t understand you morning people. Teach me your ways!

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The [Unseen] Benefits of Running

We all know the benefits of running, right? To be fit, to look good, and to feel good. But, what about those little/lesser known benefits that are so often overlooked?

Since I started my quest to lose weight nearly a month ago, I’ve increased the amount of times that I’ve been exercising per week. My favorite form of exercise should come as no surprise by now: running. After I began to run more, I noticed not only how much better I felt, but other things like my hair being shiner and my face being clearer. Now, I’m not sure if these things have a direct correlation to the increase in exercise or if they have more to do with my exponential increase in showers. I decided to investigate further.

I couldn’t find any websites on exercise and shiny hair, but I did stumble across some interesting findings. So, I thought I’d share some of them.

1) Physical Stamina- This is kind of a no-brainer, right? Duh, running will increase physical stamina. We all know that. But what good is that really? Well it’s good for many, many important reasons such as: BEAR ATTACKS. That’s right, bear attacks. I’m just saying, if I get chased down by a bear in the woods, I might have a strong chance of surviving unless that bear can run 26.2 miles. Sometimes, to take my mind off marathon training, I change the language of the activity to “bear attack training”. It gets me moving every time.

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2) Runners are happier- It’s true. Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. And in the infamous words of Elle Woods “Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands”. I kid, I kid. But seriously, have you ever noticed how much happier you are after you finish an awesome work out? That’s because those endorphines have kicked in. I’ve noticed that I’ve actually been generally more chipper lately at work and outside of work, I attribute at least some of that to my afternoon runs!

3) Better nights sleep- This is an interesting one which I never really thought about. But when I eat greasy food and sit on my butt all day, my sleep is typically interrupted two to three times a night. Since I’ve started exercising more, I usually only wake up once (I’m a really light sleeper) and sometimes not at all!!!

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4) Higher sex drive- That whole physical stamina thing isn’t just good for evading bears. Eh, eh, you know what I’m sayin’? 😉 No use beating around the bush on this one, running increases your cardiovascular endurance, muscular endurance, strength, and flexibility. Both exercise and sex have also been proven to decrease stress, and who doesn’t want to live a stress-free life?

5) Better eyesight- Well this is news to me. But, apparently two different studies from the U.S. Department of Energy have discovered that running reduces the risk of age-related macular degeneration and cataracts. My only question would be: then why is my eyesight SO TERRIBLE?

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Information sources: here, here, and here

Do you notice any changes when you start exercising more? Anything unique or different from what I’ve mentioned?

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