Have you ever experienced weather that made you curse your decision to leave your house? Well, living in New England, that is pretty much a norm for me. Besides the crazy -12 degree weather we had last week (which, trust me, was not fun), it was in the fifties last night. But really rainy. And windy. And it was a cold rain. The kind that if you get your clothes wet and take them off as soon as you get inside, you’d feel like they were still on the whole day. Since I had to head that way to get home from work anyway, it was easy to just take a jaunt over to the gym last night. Treadmill training galore! It was so much fun that I felt completely exhilarated afterward.
Working out in the evening can sometimes be an issue for me though, as it completely energizes me. After a workout, I’m so hopped up on endorphins that it takes me forever to fall asleep. This is why I’ve chosen to start my workouts at 6am, which means I wake up at 5am. I have been told many things about this decision, from being crazy for forcing myself to wake up so early, to being so incredibly disciplined for actually going through with it. Honestly, I personally thought it would be impossible. I’m not a morning person at all. In fact, it is still incredibly difficult for me to wake up so darn early. Who the heck would want to wake up that early unless they had a very, very good reason to? Not me, that’s for sure. And the old me would have definitely considered going for a run a terrible reason. I could always work out after work, blah, blah, blah. Well, I discovered something. I get lazy after work. After a long day at the office, I just want to veg out on the couch, as most people would. My new desires to run have completely transformed that way of thinking.Anyway, now I’m really glad I went to the gym this morning. First of all, even though it was windy, it was nowhere near what it’s like out right now. I live in an old converted mill and I’m half expecting a tree to fly through my window (I’m so glad I’m safe inside and avoiding this crazy mayhem). Second, I decided to listen to the Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida soundtrack. For those of you not familiar with this musical (not the opera), you really should listen to it and watch some of the scenes on YouTube. It is fantastic. Really. Just awesome. The music is a mix of pop, rock, gospel and jazz. It’s just amazing. Anyway, I was running/walking along to the soundtrack and I was having a BLAST! In fact, as I was in that musical this past summer, it was taking every fiber of my being to keep from doing choreography while on the treadmill. With that said, I think I’m finally getting the hang of this thing. After my run/walk today, I realized I wanted to go faster for longer. Of course, with having to be at work 45 minutes after the end of my workout, I had to hop out of the shower (I forgot my shower shoes today; ewwww! Don’t EVER forget your shower shoes!). This just means that I can increase my running times! Do you know how exciting this is?! I will now be going from 50/50 running/walking, to 75/25!!! This is probably the most exciting thing ever for me, as I never thought I’d get this far. But a part of that is my amazing cheerleaders, and I could never express how thankful I am to have them in my life.