I start my work day at 8/8:30am (that's 9/9:30/am East Coast) which is awesome and I've really enjoyed the earlier starts and slightly earlier end to the day (removing my commute has certainly paid off on my mental health). If I started my actual day after Joe leaves for work, let's just round to 6am, I could start back into my longer runs and maybe even make an afternoon workout class as a bonus to refresh my energy!
Ambitious? Maybe. Possible? 100%!
I always am comparing myself to when I was in college. My senior year I was waking up at 4am, running anywhere from 3 to 7 or 8 miles and still catching the bus (at 7:10am) for my 8am classes. You probably all think I'm insane right now but my mornings looked something like this: waking up (4am), on the road (4:30am), home/shower/breakfast (5:30/6am) and on the bus without running to catch it as it rolled away. I love/hated this schedule. I loved how great I felt after my runs and a healthy breakfast and I LOVED how accomplished I felt. I hated the early mornings, especially in the winter when the winds whipped through Harrisonburg on the top of those hills - it was really brutal.
It's time to get back into that mental space, that space that says, it's 110% worth the early mornings for that runner's high and feeling of accomplishment as you defrost in a hot shower and guiltlessly enjoy that extra piece of chocolate in the afternoon. I am going to kick "Sweat 365" into high gear! I am going to start working on increasing my mileage, diversifying my workouts, eating super healthy, and getting ready for that upcoming honeymoon! Maddie is/has been and will continue to be my favorite running partner, she's not judgmental if I turn around early but kicks my butt if she doesn't get out for at least 3 walks each day. The only time I've actually seen her tired? After a 14 mile run. She's one crazy pup.
It's going to take some time and I certainly won't be waking up at 4am but I'd settle for being on the road running by 6am (most days) with lots of time to get home and mentally prepare for the work day ahead or do some sprucing up around the apartment. I will also be getting back into Pilates and spin to diversify and add something easier on my knees for my off days. Yesterday I discovered the Barre Burn class at my gym - if you can find them without paying tons of money, highly recommended!!
I think I see the start of a new series to come to help keep me honest and motivated. Also, if you liked that recipe from Tuesday let me know - I would be happy to share more!