Posted by: pursuingsub17 | December 23, 2009

Morning workout accomplished

I actually went to bed at 9:30pm last night. Having crap on TV right now is a good motivator. I thought about actually going to bed and reading for a bit but by the time I walked the dog, washed up and then hopped into bed, I was mentally ready to get a good night’s sleep. Marc is sick with a bad head cold – no fever but he opted to get up in the middle of the night and sleep on the couch while going through a box of Kleenex so he wouldn’t wake me with the constant horn blowing. He knew I was bound and determined to do a 30 minute bike workout in the morning and didn’t want to ruin that.

At 5:45 am the alarm went off – I turned it off and set the second alarm for 6:45am. As I lay there, thinking I might fall asleep, I was going through my head all the reasons why I shouldn’t get up. Did I need more sleep? No. If I get up, I’ll wake up poor Marc who’s probably been up all night with sinus issues. How long will it take to get the dog into her Muttluk booties and out the door to do her business? Do I have time? Let’s see, 15 mins with the dog, 30 min bike workout, stretch, shower by 7pm. Or should I walk the dog first? I have to work out in the spare bedroom where her kennel is – for sure I’ll wake up Marc – maybe I’ll workout first and tell her to stay in her kennel.

Of course all this thinking woke up my brain and I couldn’t get back to sleep. It was now 6am. Now or never. Then I remembered the blog I wrote yesterday. I got up.

Mission accomplished. Managed a 30 min. tempo bike workout in the spare bedroom while watching the breakfast television news. Walked the dog, showered, ate breakfast, woke up Marc to get him to move into the bedroom to get more sleep and made it to work 5 minutes early.

I’ll allow myself a 10pm bedtime. When the alarm goes off, I will start thinking about my marathon and 1/2 Ironman race – do I want a PR or not? Hell ya. Make myself think about everything, what I have to do at work that day, whatever to wake up my sleepy head. Big thing is to treat each day separately for now and eventually, getting out of bed early to train will be like brushing my teeth.



  1. Just catching up on your last 2 posts. And I’m with you on the morning routine…I set the alarm…then reset it and go back to bed. One of my goals for 2010 is to be in bed by 10 pm and train my body to get up early to train. This is definitely going to require some “brain training” but I like your idea on how to get the “sleepy head” awake in the morning. It won’t be overnight…but we can retrain our bodies. Sounds like you’re already off to a GREAT start. Keep up the hard work!!

    • Thanks – been horrible at keeping up the blog but I have been doing pretty good with the workouts!

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