I've never been a morning person. Ever.
I have a love-hate relationship with the person who invented the snooze alarm. I love snoozing. But why did anyone ever give me that option? If I knew the alarm would never go off again, I'd probably get out of bed the first time. (I'd have to, right?)
And lately, if it's possible, I've become worse.
I do all sorts of Snooze Alarm Math - made more challenging by the fact that I have my bedside clock set ahead of "real time" - in my head while in my groggy haze, figuring out to the minute just how much time I have left under the covers.
Two more snoozes = 18 minutes = shorter walk with dog. No problem, still plenty of time to get to work.
Yep, almost unconscious strategy to get 18 more minutes of sleep. And more if I come up with other ways to cut time of my morning routine.
Bring my breakfast to work = 1 more snooze? Finding something to wear that doesn't need to be ironed? Yep, could buy me another nine minutes.
The problem is, although I love the feeling of drifting back to sleep, I'm undoubtedly awoken by the beep-beep-beep of the alarm way too quickly. I mean, really, did I get a good sleep in nine extra minutes? I never wake up more rested than I did when the alarm went off for the first time.
If anything, it's the opposite.
In fact, on the days when I do get up and actually do something in the morning, I feel great. (I admit it's been a long time since that's happened.) Back when I was dedicated to morning runs (yes, there was a time I actually did all of my runs in the mornings), I felt more alert and productive during the day than any multiple-snooze day.
Why can't I remember that feeling in the morning when the alarm goes off?
And, as if I need more reasons to get out of bed, getting my morning run in takes the pressure away from having to squeeze it in after work. I might even, gasp, be able to eat dinner before 8 p.m. - imagine that!?
As I look as my schedule in the next upcoming weeks - with the evening hours getting filled up with various personal and work commitments, I might be forced to adopt a morning run routine. (TC might not like that news. Sorry!) I'm not willing to completely forgo my runs for the week.
I don't need to run every morning. Maybe I should start slow - one morning this week? Two if I'm feeling extra motivated?
I know, I know, I've said I was going to do this before. Now I just need to stop talking about it and do it. Just shut up and get up. (And maybe I need someone to ask me how I did.)
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