They say just change one thing and that thing will help change a habit. So, if one thing works, how about three?
Since moving to the sunshine state, I've quickly realized that I must become a morning runner. Unless I want to spend every running moment on the treadmill, this is becoming my norm.
And that’s just the weekdays before work. When I go longer on the weekend, the wake up call is closer to 4:30 am to allow for some food, a drive to join other runners, and some wake up time. It’s just too hot during the day to get a good, quality run in. Then, add the humidity and afternoon thunderstorms. The risk of not getting out increases by the minute. I know that this is normal for many, but I’m not a morning person. The struggle is real.
Extra bonus: I get to see both sunsets AND sunrises!
And speaking of humidity, that shit is real here. At 6 am this morning, my trusty weather app reported humidity at 95%. Talk about soupy.
We’re well on our way to acclimating to it, though it takes awhile to cool down post run. I gotta believe this will make me stronger when the temperature/humidity lowers.
Extra bonus: my skin has never looked/felt better!
Running on empty
Coke and peanut butter toast – the breakfast of champions! This is my breakfast go-to and one that is fairly predictable when it comes to preparing for my run. This hasn’t been as difficult to acclimate as I would’ve thought. Maybe it’s because I’m only running 3-4 miles during the week or maybe it’s because I’m still half asleep while syncing up my Garmin. I still crack open a Coke (that’s my coffee) so I do get a little jolt to jump start my still-asleep brain.
Extra bonus: no digestive emergencies and a little more sleep!
Changing any habit can be difficult, but the rewards are mounting: I feel better physically and mentally (maybe notsomuch at 4:30 am, but definitely after running), enjoy the morning running time with Scott, revel in the gorgeous sunrises, feel like I’ve got a leg up on the day by 6:45 am, and have the whole evening after work to chase the sunsets!