New Running Schedule

So, this is the post that I NEVER thought I would write. . .

I am running in the mornings before work.

I know, right?!

For anyone who knows me, knows that #1 I love to sleep and #2 I hate getting up early.

So this is really big news.

I knew something had to change when the weather got colder and started snowing and I couldn’t take Luke with me in the jogging stroller. . .

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See, I teach BODYPUMP on Monday and Wednesday nights at the YMCA.

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So I get home from work with Luke. We play, eat dinner and then I have to head out. . . leaving Scott to do more playtime and all of bedtime. Which is FINE – he gets Luke time and he is more than willing to do that for me. BUT on Tuesday and Thursday, it is my turn to take the lead with playtime and bedtime. (obviously when we are both here, we both help with everything, but we usually do bedtime with just one of us reading, brushing teeth, snuggling and prayers.

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Well, before winter came, on Tuesday and Thursday, Luke and I would get home and I would take him for a run in the jogging stroller. Win for me – running and time with Luke. Win for Scott – some alone time at home to get things done. Well, then it got colder and the jogging stroller wasn’t going to cut it. So, if I went for a run after work and that means I leave Scott doing the single parent thing again. . . Well, #1. that’s not fair and #2. I want Luke/family time too!

So, I did some thinking and heart searching and chatting with Scott and decided that I would try to do my Tuesday/Thursday runs in the morning before work. I get up about 45 minutes earlier that I would have before and that would give me enough time to get dressed, get on the treadmill, put in about 3 miles, shower and get ready for work.

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WOW.  It is so nice to get home after work and to not worry about trying to fit in my workout. I get to come home, hang out, play with Luke, do bedtime, cook dinner, spend time on the couch, catch up with the husband, give Abby some loving, all of these things that I would try to quick cram in after my workout after work. . . I also have time to run errands, or do a quick fro yo date with Luke.

Yes, there are some downsides. #1. I still loathe getting up early. #2. It takes me a lot longer to get warmed up, so my miles are usually slower.

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But, for how accomplished I feel after fitting in a few miles before work and having that workout done so I have time to enjoy my evenings = worth it.

I am not sure what will happen when spring and summer come back. I really enjoy running with Luke (and I like to sleep). .. so if he is still cool with hanging out in the jogging stroller, we will probably go back to running together after work.

BUT, it is so nice knowing that running in the morning is an option and I CAN be a morning exerciser. Smile Amazing, right? And if I can do it, anyone can…… no, seriously. Winking smile

When do you work out? Have you ever had to change your routine?

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  1. Yeah for morning workouts! They are the BEST. By the time work is over, all I want to do is hang out at home so morning is the best option. Just think-when it gets warm you can run outside and watch the sun rise! I’m a total morning pusher if you can’t tell haha.
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    • KT

      There is something nice about being out before the sun is up and then watching it come up!! Much better if you are on a beach though. . .

  2. I also am not a fan of am workouts, the catch being…when I know someone will join me. So I now teach monday and friday at 5:30 am, I also swim on thursdays with a coach at 5:45 am (have to get up at 4:35 to make it there). I still can’t do my own routine at home in the morning, but sadly, yes, it is possible to do the am workout.
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  3. I usually go in spurts with my before work workouts, but it has been a loooooong time since I’ve had one of those spurts. When we were planning for the wedding we were also training for our first 15k which meant I really needed to get runs in, but we were also very busy after work doing wedding shenanigans. I made myself get up 45-60 minutes early to get that morning run in. I LOVED how I felt afterwards and all day at work, knowing I had already gotten my workout in, but it was really hard for me to get up earlier. I agree that my runs were always slower in the early morning too.
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    • KT

      There is nothing easy about it. . . getting up is hard, working out in the morning is hard, but man, I just love Tuesday and Thursday nights now – they are so much more relaxing and I get more time with Luke, which is the best thing!

  4. Katie – amazing that you are able to switch around your exercise schedule! I am just the opposite: if I don’t get my workout in first thing in the morning, then I can’t get it done! Kudos to you on getting up early to get those runs in.
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  5. I’m so proud of you!!! I would love to switch to AM workouts–and I’ll spare you my excuses, because I know they’re all surmountable. 🙂 I even shower at night so I can sleep in a few more minutes in the morning, haha. (Also because I work out in the evenings.) But it would be so nice to go through the whole day with that workout already under my belt! Huge props to you!
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  6. I used to come home and run at night, but as my workouts got longer (including strength training on off-running days) I decided morning would be better. Before, I wasn’t having dinner until after 8pm and then try to be in bed by 9-9:30. Too tough…so I switched it up. I now get up at 4am and get to the gym and get it over with. It’s tough M-F, but I get to catch up on sleep over the weekends. 🙂
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    • KT

      Ya those late night dinners can be super tough. . . that’s usually what we end up doing on Monday and Wednesday after I get done teaching bodypump. . it makes me enjoy NOT having to do that on Tuesday and Thursday when I get up early to run!

  7. I’ve always loved morning workouts…I feel so much more energized throughout my day and don’t have a workout after work looming over me. I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to keep up with it now that I start work at 7:00 but my 4:15 a.m. alarm is worth it when I get home at 6 p.m. and am exhausted! I think it just takes getting used to 🙂

  8. Jackie

    That’s awesome! I’m so not a morning person!

  9. Ree

    Wow – good for you! I am NOT a morning person and I’m always amazed at the people that can get up for those 5am runs. It would be nice to get the run out of the way first thing though. Way to go!
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    • KT

      I never thought I would be a morning exerciser, but life changes, and you have to change with it, right?! And it helps that Luke is super cute and totally worth it!

  10. Waking up early in the morning to workout is ROUGH. But don’t you feel so great afterwards? I love getting home from work and knowing that I already have my workout done for the day so I can just relax :).
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  11. good for you! I’ve always said I know the day will come when I have to workout in the morning but until then (kids) I will likely be doing the afternoon thing. It’s true there’s nothing like a workout to start the day- the days I do an earlier workout I feel super productive!
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  12. Good for you! Working out in the morning is so dang hard, but I always feel so great when I am done and you’re totally right about the feeling of not having to worry about it after work and having the whole night free. Keep it up! 🙂
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  13. Good for you, Katie! This sounds like it is a win-win-win for all of you, really. Getting up is harder, sure, but it sounds like you’re already feeling like it’s worth it.

    I generally work out whenever I can fit it in during the day. The boys are older so they can be left at home. There are plenty of times, though, that I wonder if I shouldn’t sacrifice that time with them. They are going to be leaving home in the blink of an eye!
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    • KT

      They grown up so quickly Stephanie!!! But I am a better Mom when I work out, so that has to *usually* come first. 🙂

  14. This is why I *really* wish we had a treadmill (or some warmer weather to be out in 😉
    I love working out in the morning – it’s definitely my favorite time of the day. It just sets an awesome precedence for the whole day, and like you, I love having the evening to fully enjoy and relax!
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    • KT

      Obviously, I totally agree! It’s what got me out of bed this morning – thinking about my evening tonight! And my husband quoting my blog post helped too. 😉

  15. oh man I doubt I could do that. I am able to get up and workout at 930 but that is as early as it gets for me 🙂 I don’t work normal person hours though so I am able to sleep in and workout out in the morning.
    Good for you though for waking up and getting it in!
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  16. I figured this morning run thang had something to do with that cute baby (err, toddler?!) of yours!! I’m so happy you’re joining the morning workout club 🙂 And it’s sad we don’t live closer because you know I’d totally be down for an AM run once it was warm outside!
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    • KT

      Yup – it’s a really good thing he is cute and totally worth it! And I am so bummed that we don’t live closer. .. I would love morning runs!!

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  18. I can relate to this so much. But instead of changing from a morning runner, I’ve had to get used to becoming an evening runner and I am struggling with this. We don’t have a treadmill and the weather is too cold to bring my little one in the jogging stroller, so going after work is my only option…
    Glad that you are getting it done though : )
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