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WHAT GETS YOU UP IN THE MORNING...AT 4 AM

WHAT GETS YOU UP IN THE MORNING...AT 4 AM

    It's the second week of my last semester of college. I'm taking 3 pretty intense online classes, plus one face-to-face class on cognitive psychology. I'm still figuring out what I want to do career wise when I graduate in May. I definitely don't get the recommended 8 hours of sleep most nights. Working out fasted isn't exactly ideal or fun. You get the idea.

    There's always going to be a reason why you can't get yourself out of bed in the morning and want nothing more than to hit snooze on your alarm clock (or phone alarm in most of our cases). Whether you're getting up early for work, school, the gym, or something else...it's hard to fight the urge to just roll back over and go back to sleep when your alarm is beeping incessantly. And, although I clearly don't have everything in my life figured out, one thing I do have mastered is getting up at 4:23 a.m. in the morning 6 days a week...no matter what.

    Whether it's sore legs, too much caffeine the day before, or getting barely enough sleep my phone always goes off at the same time. And more often than not I find myself thinking, "How is this even possible? I swear I went to bed like 5 minutes ago." When I'm back home I have plenty of time to wake up, stretch, and get myself out the door at 5:20 a.m. to run or to the gym by 5:45 a.m. to hit the treadmill. College is a completely different story. I've got 20 minutes to climb down from my lofted bed without falling, half-ass my stretches/foam rolling, and stumble my way down stairs to the dungeon to start running by 4:45-4:50. Yikes. A recipe for disaster some might say, and you're not wrong.

    So, why on earth would anyone choose to get up at the crack of dawn when they could easily get another 2+ hours of sleep? Goo question. Great question. I've heard the saying that it's best to get up and exercise before your brain realized what you're doing. And, hey if that works for you, who am I to judge? However, in my opinion, if you actually wanna have a good quality workout...you're going to want to be semi-cognizant of what you're doing. Yeah there are those days when I'm lying on my dorm room floor stretching that I close my eyes for a minute and feel like I could fall back asleep, but by the time I've dragged myself down to the dungeon and drank a few sips of water, I'm good to go and mostly know what I'm doing.

    What get's me out of bed is sheer passion and dedication...and wanting to run/work out in a an empty gym. It's true that there's plenty of equipment and working out with 5-6 other people in the dungeon isn't THAT BAD...but it's not exactly my idea of the perfect gym environment. Plus, when you're working out for close to three hours six times a week, you sorta have to get up at the crack of dawn to get that shit done so you can get all the rest of your shit done that is required...although for me working out really isn't optional.

    Some people say working out first thing gives them this burst of energy that just keeps them going all day long and they don't even need caffeine. I am not that person, I'm sippin' on a packet of Great Value energy (120 mg caffeine) while incline walking to get myself psyched up and energized to lift for 90 minutes. And then I'll have a cup of coffee afterwards so I won't fall asleep while doing all of this never ending work for my online classes and try to catch up on social media and put out 3 semi-decent blog posts a week and keep myself from taking a nap (which is like the hardest thing to do these days) Like, I swear if I didn't have my in-person class twice a week, caffeine, and someone to check in on my periodically throughout the day via texting, the naps would turn into a real problem REAL FAST.

    Lastly, before I fall asleep writing this post, clean slates/PRS and routine. No matter how shitty your workout was yesterday or if you did fall victim to the snooze button and skip you're workout, tomorrow is a new day, a clean slate, and a fresh opportunity to hit a new PR or just have a really good workout that puts you in the best mood for the rest of the day. Routine. I know what you're thinking, no normal person could really get used to getting up that damn early to run decaffeinated on sheer dedication and because they did it yesterday. Well, surprise, surprise, cause that's what happens after you get up that early for long enough to do something that makes you a stronger/better/faster person.

    Side note: This whole getting up early to exercise thing is way easier when you get to run a good 6-8 miles outside. Trust me, the fresh air and traffic and barking dogs wake ya up real fast.
DISTRACTED MUCH?

DISTRACTED MUCH?

MIND OVER MATTER

MIND OVER MATTER