During the school year, I generally have to be up at 6:30 a.m. to get the kids moving. While theoretically it might be possible to get up at, say, 5:45 a.m., and run from 6-6:30 a.m., during much of the school year it is dark and cold at that time (and we don’t currently own a treadmill — though we are considering getting one). Plus, it’s hard for me to get into bed much before 11 p.m.
So I tend to run in mid-afternoon. But during the summer, mornings become more of a possibility. Three times this week I have set the alarm for 6:30 or 6:45, and been out the door a bit before 7. I can run until 7:30 or so, then make it home to shower before the kids need to be roused for camp.
I do generally like this rhythm. The temperature will hit 94 degrees this afternoon, so running when it is 74 degrees feels much better! (Next week the AM temps will be in the low 60s!) I like that the run is done and I’m not trying to find a spot for it later in the day. It’s nice to be outside and enjoying the fresh air, plus a little quiet before the rest of my family gets up.
However (fun fact!) I am not naturally a morning person (despite this, and the fact that I have a podcast called Before Breakfast). If I were by myself, I’d probably stay up until 11:30/midnight, drift up around 7:15 or 7:30, get ready, and run around 7:45 a.m. most days. Then I’d have my coffee and dive directly into work without getting anyone ready for anything. In this world where I don’t have to see anyone I might not shower either. But as that is not my reality at the moment, 6:30 it is. The upside of mornings is that they do tend to be available, even when you have a lot going on.
Are you an early morning exerciser? Does your exercise schedule change during the summer?
Photo: Not this morning’s run, but a morning run…