I want to be a morning person

Thanks to the Tour of Sufferlandria I did really well in January.
Thanks to the Tour of Sufferlandria I did really well in January.

As anyone who follows me on Strava will tell you, the amount of time I’ve dedicated to exercise recently has been limited.

I could blame it on the persistent cold and snow. Or work. Or the kids.

But the truth is, I just can’t (or won’t) get out of bed in the morning.

Working out in the morning makes a lot of sense – with everyone in my life unconscious, there are no demands, no requests and no guilt about taking more time away from my family after an already long day at work. (Plus, all the races are in the morning, so it would be logical for me to get into the rhythm of morning workouts).

But this month I’ve finally embraced what I’ve always known – I am not wired that way.

I’ve tried reprogramming my inner clock – going to bed earlier so I could wake up earlier. But I invariably slip back into my pattern, stretching the hours between when I get home and when I go to bed so I can get as much done as possible. (It’s also impossible to change my behavior when my family is similarly hardwired).

Riding in my workout room.With the days growing longer and the weather getting warmer, I find myself itching to run after I get home from work.

And yesterday, after sitting on the couch wasting time playing Angry Birds Stella, I put down the device and hit the bike to complete my 20 minute fit test on TrainerRoad.

So I think I’m giving up on the idea of being an early morning athlete and embracing my inner night owl.

3 thoughts on “I want to be a morning person

  1. I’m with you, Kristin….I hate mornings as well. Night owl here, all the way. I do force myself to jump on the exercise bike in the morning when I get up…but I don’t wake up early to do it. Then again, I’m a work-at-home mom, so entirely different situation. I do like that the bike is in a common room in our house so I could exercise while we watch a movie as a family (not that I’ve ever done that)…so there’s always that possibility.

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  2. I totally support working out at night. I was in a groove on working out at night until I realized that was my only time to hang out with my husband. 🙂

    But now I do get up early to work out and I use the method of Steve Pavlina and BJ Fogg.
    BJ Fogg — Tiny Habits — http://tinyhabits.com
    Steve Pavlina — http://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2006/04/how-to-get-up-right-away-when-your-alarm-goes-off/

    Basically the idea is you’ve got to do 2 things: do a bunch of “dry runs,” and then give yourself a pat on the back when you do it. So, like, set your alarm in the evening, and then literally go through the motions of pretending to wake up and then literally put your workout clothes on, then give yourself a “woo hoo” when you’ve done it.
    The idea is, willpower is overrated, you just want to get to the point as quickly as possible where it’s as much a habit as brushing your teeth before bed.

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