I’m not an early riser. With two years of empty nest I don’t have to be. After years of having to get up and be mum to three children, school lunches, buses and zooming around I only have myself to get out of bed and get to work AND only four days of the week since going part time. Nice. Yes I’m married to a dairy farmer and yes I am known to sometimes (if I have to) to get up at 4am and help with the morning milking. But not often. Fortunately.
Why is it that bed always feels THE most deliciously comfortable about five minutes before the alarm goes off? The pillow is sitting just right. The doona is just the right amount of puffy warmness. And I manage to reach that lovely state of blissful half-asleep-half-awake that could lead to a lovely deep deep sleep. Why is that?
Over the last few Fridays I’ve been heaving my tired self out of my haven of cosiness and comfort out into the cold very early daylight. 5:30am. I get up and make a coffee and sit on the couch in a comatose state waiting and willing the caffeine to kick in. Then I make my toast and eat that. With 15 minutes before departure time I pull on my running gear that I laid out the night before. With empty nest I can be an old lady and leave it in front of the fire so it’s all warm and lovely.
5:30am is early. For me. Very early. I know others get up to run way earlier. But I don’t. I’d rather run after work at the end of day. When I’m awake!
Why am I doing this? Getting up in the middle of the night? I have a running appointment with the lovely Louise in Deloraine for our long training runs. Over the last few weeks we have run a number of distances with last week our longest ever – 22kms. We are on the road to the Cadbury Marathon AND we are making progress, our long runs are getting longer and our endurance is growing slowly.
Getting up early on a regular basis is proving to be the best thing ever. Whereas in the past when we occasionally did an early morning run I would struggle, now I’m on top of things. I need to get up an hour before I have to leave so I can let the caffeine do its magic, eat my breakfast and be ready without rushing. I like to be calm. Hate rushing!
Ok, for most runners getting up early to run isn’t a big deal. But for me it is. I’ve found it hard, but now I’m in a routine I’m finding it not quite so challenging. I have Louise to thank for this. Cadbury Marathon starts at 6am so practising with early morning training runs is helping me to be prepared in more ways than just running.
And the other thing is that we are heading into summer. Our weather has been so changeable with snow on the peaks one day and a warm day the next. This morning we finished our long run just after 8am and we could feel the warmth in the sun. We are heading towards a 26ºC maximum day. Getting the runs in early means we can avoid the heat.
Thank you Louise for making the long runs fun and for giving me a reason to heave myself out of bed. I know it’s doing me good! Next week Point to Pinnacle and in eight weeks…the marathon! I’m going to be able to bound out of bed for both big events, drink coffee, eat breakfast and be prepared because of the practise I’ve done during training. Awesome!
Happy running 🙂