The Early Bird Gets The Burn

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAI’ve found a way to fight the Mondays, Modern Philosophers, but it’s a bit radical, so hold on to your togas!

I set the alarm clock for 5:30, put on my running toga, laced up my sneakers, and went for a 3 mile run.  I even got to see the sunrise as part of the deal.

What brought on this crazy idea?  I have to give a lot of the credit to the switch back to Standard Time.  As my 25 hour Sunday was nearing an end, I debated if I should stay up until my normal bed time, or just go to bed because I felt tired.

What swung the decision in the favor of “early to bed” was the idea that hitting the hay an hour early would make it much easier to get up an hour earlier in the morning.  Plus, I figured it wouldn’t be pitch black at 6AM because of the time change, which would make an early morning run even safer.

So I just ran.  It was chilly, but I bundled up with gloves and a knit cap, focused on my breathing, and took advantage of the quiet streets and lack of traffic.

I was back to The House on the Hill before any body parts could freeze and it felt good.  Even put in a better time than my Saturday morning run.  Guess it’s much easier to run faster when my body is still half asleep and doesn’t realize it hates running.

I’m curious to see how this affects the rest of my day.  Will I be a big bundle of energy, or will I need a nap at 2:00?  All I know is that I’m usually too tired after work to go for a run, so now I can just focus on relaxing and writing after my work day.

Speaking of writing, another benefit of getting up early to run was that I had the time to write a special bonus blog post this morning.  What a perfect way for you to start your Monday, right, Modern Philosophers?

Just RunI know it won’t be an option for everyone, but if you can get up early and go for a morning run, I highly recommend it.

Of course, let’s see if I’m singing this same tune tomorrow morning at 5:30…

For now, the moral of our story is Just Run!

About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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12 Responses to The Early Bird Gets The Burn

  1. suzie81 says:

    I need to get back into running – I was doing 5K three times a week but have stopped recently…

  2. Lisa says:

    Wonderful idea. I did this most of the summer but lost my momentum when fall came. I am going to guess the run will not affect you mid-afternoon energy -let’s go with that, positive vibes.

  3. susielindau says:

    I ran for the first time in months, two days ago and my muscles are so tight. I know I should put on my shoes and go, but, we’ll see…..

  4. Pang says:

    I need to do that tomorrow 🙂

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