Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Fall Back into Morning Running: How to Use the End of Daylight Saving to Your Advantage

Wait. What? It's almost November? While you will be cleaning up after your Halloween parties, planning your Thanksgiving dinners, and starting your Christmas shopping (gasp!) I will be thinking about another upcoming event.

Daylight Saving Time ends in the US on November 2nd. While most people are collectively rejoicing for the extra hour of sleep, I am looking forward to the opportunity to begin a new habit (or I should say, return to an old habit). The habit of early morning workouts.


Just as the trees shed their leaves, autumn feels like the perfect opportunity to shed our bad habits, our negative thinking, and succumb to the early morning pull of the pavement.

When my alarm goes off at 5am on Monday November 3rd, my body will still think it is my regularly scheduled wake-up time of 6am. Even though they can force most of us living in the US to "spring" our clocks forward and "fall" backwards every year, our bodies are working on their own internal clock. We will eventually get used to the new time, as always, but this year I am planning to use the time change to my advantage.

You see, even though I have written many blog posts about running (or working out) in the morning, it just has been one of those healthy habits that fell to the wayside. When I was doing it regurarly, I was loving every second of it. OK, maybe not every second during it (let's be realistic), but I loved the time to myself in the morning. I loved the "me time" before work. I loved the chance to unwind before I got wound up. I especially loved the feeling of having my workout done before I did anything else in my day. I had this euphoric feeling before I ever even got in the shower and it was an amazing way to start each day. Tough some days? Yes. Worth it? Absolutely.

After I told my sister that I just couldn't drag my butt out of bed in the morning anymore, her words would ring in my head, slightly louder than my alarm clock on most days, "It's not that you can't. It is that you won't."

Routine is a beautiful thing and I am going to use the end of Daylight Saving to kickstart this healthy habit.

You can check out my other posts on tips for early morning workouts:
25 tips to wake up early to workout
Dummies Guide to waking up early to workout
Conquering your inner night owl: How to wake up early to workout...and love it.

So maybe the end of Daylight Saving is the perfect time to fall back into morning running and to spring forward in my running shoes for morning runs. Who's with me? Seriously, I need you to text me at 5am and remind me of this post.

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Keep Running,

Lea

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29 comments :

  1. That's a great way to use daylight savings time. I never would have considered that! I am running the New York Marathon that morning so I am very grateful for that extra hour of sleep I will be getting since it's already an incredibly early wake up call.

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    1. that is perfect! good luck! how exciting!

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  2. Yeaaaaahhhhh.......no. Tried it, hated it. If it wasn't for the Wonder Mutt shaking her head every day at 6am, (who needs an alarm clock anyway?), I would probably be in bed until 9am every day. This girl is a tried and true after work workout kinda girl, but I SO tip my hat to those of you who embrace the darkness. :)

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    1. Ha ha. Ollie shakes his collar at us every day at 6am too. Funny how they know how to wake us up!!

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    1. why?? why does it eat comments? ahhhhh - sorry :(

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    2. But I know from blog stalking you that you get up naturally at 4:30am. I am sure I missed out on some early morning wisdom.

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  4. Since an injury I've been nursing, it has been SO hard for me to pull myself out of bed but it is getting a bit better and once I am healthy enough again I am definitely going to be making myself get up out of bed!!! Thanks for the motivation :)

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  5. I'm reading this as I miss my planned morning run... haha! Great tips, I need to actually put it into practice next week! Will have to hit the pavement after work now I guess! :)

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    1. HA! Yeah, I am often putting in the miles after work - hopefully next week that will all change for me!

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  6. Haha! I may text you at 5 a.,m. but it wouldn't be because I am getting ready to head out for a run. I love that it will be lighter in the morning though. Good luck with your plans!

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    1. ha ha!!! If I didn't have t o be at work at 8am, I would definitely do it later in the morning. 9:00 seems like the perfect work out time!!

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  7. totally forgot about daylight savings. Wait does that mean it will be darker or lighter outside in the morning? I always forget. If it's darker out, thats what makes it so hard for me to get up in the AM! I'm just not a morning person/exerciser at all. I've tried and failed many a time haha. Summer is the perfect time for me because I love evening workouts, and it stays light out until like 9 pm!

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  8. When they text you at 5am, text me too.

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  9. I am a morn workout person already so even better!

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    1. send some of those morning vibes my way!

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  10. I am going to go back and read the follow up posts again... I declared on FB today that I was going to make a last ditch effort to make morning workouts a habit... even making a friend be my virtual wo buddy to hold me accountable ( I may have scared him a little too LOL) And your sister is right ( again ). I just need to suck it up, get up and get it done.

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    1. dammit if she isn't always right. lol :)

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  11. Such a good idea to use the time change to get back into running. My goal this week is find an indoor spot. Our weather is changing and evening running (after my hubby get's home) is a challenge now. Oh, I love the youtube welcome clip. Mind if I borrow the idea? :)

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    1. Of course! I am sure I "borrowed" it from someone else! :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  12. I love this idea. I never really get to enjoy that extra hour of sleep anyway bc my dogs don't seem to know about this time change. :)

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    1. Exactly! I just posted on my Facebook wall that Ollie forgot to turn back his internal clock!

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  13. Saw this and reminded me I need to change my clocks Lol :)
    Good foe you to use the DST to your advantage! Wishing you the best :)

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  14. I love this approach to daylight savings! Thanks so much for sharing! :) Stopping by from SITS.

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