I’ve been trying out this crazy new thing this week… morning runs. After getting a little bit overwhelmed last week and not finding enough time to get all of my miles in, I knew I had to sacrifice a little bit of sleep to make time for everything this week.
I’ll admit, it has been a challenge opening my eyes at 6 am. Once I manage to get them open it’s even more challenging to get out the door and run a few miles.
On Monday we did 4 miles and Tuesday was a 3 mile tempo run. Dixie is LOVING these morning runs. There are no neighborhood distractions, it’s nice and cool (70s), and she’s worn out by the time we leave for work.
I’m really glad I made myself run in the mornings, because my afternoons have been pretty busy. On Monday we had our final meeting with our pastor before our wedding and didn’t get home until after 8:00, so running would have been pretty much out of the question. I got to spend a little bit of extra time snuggling with my parents’ new puppy too.
On Tuesday I went to Aldi after work and spent about 45 minutes shopping before I got to the checkout and realized Thomas had my debit card. Aldi doesn’t take credit cards and they won’t let you give them the debit card number, so I ended up wasting all of that time and then had to go to a DIFFERENT grocery store. It’s not like I needed one or two things, like I got a FULL cart. I was not happy, but I would have been super stressed if I still had to fit a run in after all of that.
I’ve had a lot more time to cook (and eat before 9 pm) too, which Thomas and I both get to enjoy. I love to cook, but I do prefer quick and easy meals during the week when time is limited. Tuesday was chicken marsala with mashed potatoes and asparagus:
I couldn’t handle three morning runs in a run, so on Wednesday I did 5 recovery miles on the treadmill after work, which means we had a pretty late dinner: baked teriyaki chicken, jasmine rice and fried zucchini.
Hopefully morning running will become more of a regular activity for me, but I’m easing into it right now. I love how happy Dixie is when I grab her leash that early in the morning, so she gives me a little extra motivation. A dog can teach you a lot about running, actually. She is always excited and ready to go. She doesn’t stress about hydration or stretching (although she does do a few downward dogs whenever I put my shoes on). She doesn’t need to make a new playlist or watch a new TV show during her run to make it more fun, she just loves it for what it is. Next time you are contemplating whether to run or not, just ask yourself, what would Dixie do?
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What time do you go to bed and wake up?
How early do you usually have to get up for morning runs?
Has your pet taught you any life lessons lately?