One of my first running goals was to get up in the mornings and run. I didn’t want it to matter how long or far I ran. I kept putting up hurdles for myself, before finally conquering this goal. One of my reoccurring themes in my Diary of a Running Chick.
For years I had the same running goal, to run more and run every morning. I always wanted to be one of those people who just got up and ran every morning. I would go in waves of doing this, but the goal escaped me. For years I’d get up and run around four miles on the treadmill and I felt like I was consistent, but I wasn’t. Anytime I had a busy period in my life, I would sacrifice my time at the gym. I would sleep in and skip my run. Talk about a hurdle!
When I switched from the treadmill to running outside my old hurdle remained. Granted, my body had to adjust to running outside, but I’d still sacrifice my running if I felt too tired or too sore in the morning. This mental hurdle was a big one, so I made an affirmation. I shifted my mindset, deciding once and for all that no matter what, I’d get up and run.
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It wasn’t long before I started to see my goal take hold. I allowed myself to stop worrying about running and instead decided that if I didn’t get up in the morning, I still needed to run. Once I did that, I found myself getting up in the mornings to run all the time.
I of course will still give myself a rest day once in a while. I listen to my body and understand when I need a day to just do nothing. I had one of those last week and I refuse to feel guilty or bad about it. Our bodies are machines requiring care and maintenance, including time off. I used to guilt myself on my rest days and that’s just silly. We all need to give ourselves a breather. I’ve embraced those days.
Changing my mental mindset and embracing my morning run has invigorated me. Getting up and going for a run is such an amazing accomplishment each day. I don’t do it for any other reason than I want to run. I enjoy the way it makes me feel after and I love starting my day that way! The more often I get to run, the more I want to go again. It gets easier and rather addicting!
That is the feeling I’m always seeking in the morning. I know that even if I don’t want to get out of bed, I will always feel better later if I just get up and go for my run. Of all the runs I’ve done, I’ve never regretted getting out of bed and going running. I’m always glad that I took that time for me!
Running in the morning is the perfect time for me to run, but you need to find your favorite time of day. I find it extremely satisfying to run first thing in the morning and recommend it to anyone working to achieve this goal. For me, I know that I’ve already gotten my workout in. I know that I’m less inclined to run if I wait until later in the day. Plus, I love accomplishing something before breakfast. I really do feel like it motivates me for the rest of the day!
Letting yourself get up and run kick starts your running! What has been your biggest reason not to run in the mornings? How about other hurdles? Let go of the reasons and do it!
Mandi Mellen is Lead Editor, Staff Writer, and Featured Vlogger at BuzzChomp. She’s an actress, writer, and producer. Get lost in her youtube comedy channel PillowTalk TV. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or Instagram