Thoughts On My Morning Run

5:45 am Alarm goes off and my first thought is “crap” {that’s putting it nicely}. I hit snooze for 10 minutes and roll over. Then all of a sudden, I have to pee. Seriously, urgh! A few minutes later the “snooze” alarm goes off, not cool. That’s it, I’m up and I might as well go for a run.

I put my running clothing on, {let my parents know I’m leaving as they are visiting} walk outside, let my Garmin find the satellite to connect and I lace up my runners. Pretty sure I’m still half asleep.  0:00 {START} appears on my Garmin…guess it’s time to run.

Off I go…..up a long incline. I hate running. Really, why am I doing this? How am I going to run a half marathon? Seriously, what was I thinking? Okay, first hill done…I’m good. I now just have to run up English Mountain Road. Why am I doing this again? Oh right, because the Maritime Race Weekend route is hilly – gotta train on hills if I want to run/race on hills.

Crows….friggin’s crows on the road. Great, I get to run past road kill. No, wait……it’s just a McDonald’s bag and wrappers. Seriously people, did you have to throw that OUT your car?

Shit…look at that hill. What was I thinking this morning when I thought it would be a good idea to run up this hill? I mean, I did ride my bike up this hill on Sunday. That may have been a struggle but I did it so I should be able to run up it too. {NOTE: this is a massive MASSIVE hill…I only went up the first little bit}.

You got this! Run to the post box, that’s it. Head down….don’t look up. Shit, I looked up. Oh my god, I’m barely there. Manure. Gross…run faster and maybe you won’t smell it. That didn’t work but I reached that dam post box and now I get to glide down that hill I just climbed up.

Oh look….Spittle Road…another hill…..let’s do it! Not so bad, might as well keep running a bit more down this road. Morning Cow’s! Apparently, cows aren’t too friendly in the morning. Back up the little hill and onto the main road.

This is great, I haven’t even seen a car yet! First car backs out of driveway ahead of me…oh, guess I saw my first car. In the background I hear a car coming down the hill and see an 18 wheeler coming in my direction. Great, I’m just going to move off the road. Yes, I was running in the middle of the road – why wouldn’t you when there is no traffic around? Just my luck both vehicles pass each other beside me and I feel like I could have been blown over by the sheer force of wind from the 18 wheeler. Not cool buddy, not cool.

As I run down the last hill I start to turn left but realise it wasn’t the street I wanted, so I had to make a quick maneuver to keep running straight which I’m pretty sure made me look like a drunk person dancing on the street. Oh well.

I got closer to my house and just start pushing my speed, it felt great. I quickly glanced left and then right to make sure no cars are coming before I cross over another road to speed down my street. 5k done! Even managed a 5:31 pace for my last kilometre – wow, I still got it.

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As I sat down to catch my breath, sweat dripping off my body {it happens}, I felt great and really happy I didn’t hit snooze a second time. I wanted to avoid running in today’s heat and that I can check off my list. Tonight, I will relax, drink a beer to two, watch some Netflix and probably fold some laundry….ha ha. Life of a mother runner/husband away.

Early morning runs to avoid the heat – yes or no?

How often do you hit the snooze button on an early morning run day?

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32 thoughts on “Thoughts On My Morning Run

  1. Nice run! I am one of those people who don’t GET snooze buttons. Why not just set the clock for the time you actually want to get up and enjoy the real sleep? haha

  2. hehe. I don’t snooze unless I really need to. But it is rare that I even get the opportunity! My thoughts on my morning run are way less colorful than yours unless something exceptional happens, like that time that a 2 seater plane had to land on Lake Shore Drive and I ran by it right as they were dealing with it. That was a bit weird.

  3. I keep saying I am going to get up and be a morning runner. It hasn’t happened yet. Instead I hit the gym and track at lunch to avoid this heat and humidity.
    Great job!

  4. I’d rather be running after work on the evenings. I find I run better, although I did get out this morning! Not as early as you like! But technically in the 6am club 😉

  5. Oh man, I hit the snooze button at least twice every morning. Such a bad habit, but I love just lying in bed and enjoying being all comfy-cozy. Great job this morning!

  6. AM Running has been the hot topic in the blogosphere lately!

    I like AM running, but these past few weeks it has just been too hard to get up. I can barely get up for work without hitting snooze so waking up an hour earlier to run is out of the question, even if I know it would make me feel better. The thing is, I also hate running in the evening, but without any evening commitments to force me to move my runs to the AM it is just too easy to procrastinate these days. I keep trying and haven’t given up hope that I’ll get back in the habit but lately it is just not happening 😦

  7. No snooze b/c I know once I hit it, I’m not getting up lol! I also wake up at crazy 0’clock in the morning even on “normal” non-running days. I wish I could do more morning runs but I have super long commute.

    Such a fun post! Like you, I get super annoyed when I see litter on the streets 😦

  8. I loved this. Sometimes I wish I could remember everything that goes through my head during a run. Half of it is insane and makes no sense and the other half I feel like I get all sorts of things figured out. My favorite thought was going through an underpass one day during the winter last year. I passed a homeless man who had orange rinds all over the place. My first thought was, “Oh good, he’s getting plenty of vitamin C.” Only I would be thinking about nutrition!

  9. Haha! This post is awesome. Seriously my inner dialogue on almost every run. And the stupid peeing thing makes me get out of bed, too! I feel like I’m turning into my mother. I love AM runs!

  10. The snooze button is almost broken on my alarm clock! lol I need to get my workout done in the morning if possible so it just happens to work out well in the heat of the summer…except for when you’re training for Hotlanta…in which case you purposely run AFTER work in the inferno! lol

  11. I LOVE this. So many thoughts like this go through my head too.
    Personally I can never hit snooze. History shows that if I do, I will never get up. I always tend to wake up and have to pee like 5 minutes before my alarm anyway. 🙂

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