Thursday, July 15, 2010
Don't hit that snooze button!
Shortly after I started running, I decided the right time for me to do it was first thing in the morning. And I mean first thing. I have to be gone and back in time for my husband to go to work. That means getting up bright and early, around the same time the sun is getting up.
I've learned that one of the keys to is to get up when the alarm clock goes off. No laying in bed. No rolling over for a few more minutes. No hitting the snooze button.
I mean, really, if the 7 (or 4, 5 or 9) hours of sleep you've already gotten isn't enough, is 10 more minutes really going to make a difference? Not likely.
Hitting that snooze button does make a difference in your attitude and how you approach your day. It's like saying "not yet" or "I'm not ready".
Quite frankly, I've had 15 years of saying, "not yet". It has to become "now".
So, when that alarm clock goes off, I roll out of bed. My pre-run routine is pretty simple. Throw on the clothes I've (hopefully) laid out the night before, go to the kitchen and have a few bites of cereal and a couple swallows of water, put my shoes, ipod and maybe arm warmers on. Then I'm out the door. I don't really have to be awake for the above, so it works out. By the time I'm heading out that door, I'm good to go.
Last night wasn't the best. I only had to get up once for a child, but for whatever reason, I didn't sleep well. So, when the alarm clock went off this morning, I added a step to my routine.
Then I got on with it.