Since I’ve started commuting to work from Long Island, as part of my marathon training, three days a week I’ve been waking up to run at 5 a.m. Exercising in the morning: it isn’t always easy to get out of bed, but I never regret it when I do.
Everyone asks me, “How do you do it?” and sometimes I don’t really know the answer to that question. Sometimes it’s a simple as, I just do. There are a few ways to look at it that help motivate me, though:
- My performance on race day will suffer if I don’t do this. Not that I’m gunning for any world records or anything, but I do want to finish the marathon in one piece, and preferably in under 5 hours.
- I know myself; I’m much more likely to say “Screw it, I’ll watch Netflix instead” when I get home from work and I’m exhausted from writing and riding the train all day.
- After working out I’ll feel more energized for the morning and I’ll be more productive at work.
- It’s one less thing I’ll have to worry about checking off my To Do list later in the day. This is not so much a “let me just get it over with” mindset as it is a strategy for making the flow and productivity of my day easier.
- “Your alarm just went off and you’re awake already, so just get the hell out of bed.” (This only works about 10% of the time.)