Sundays with Stassi: When you see me running…An Early Morning Runner’s Dilemma


Yesterday’s long run attempt started like any other Saturday morning. I woke up at 5:15AM, rushed to the bathroom for the morning ritual and then spent the next 10 minutes arguing with myself…
Me: I should just go back to bed
Myself: No, I said I would show up today
I: Ughhhh why am I awake!
Me: But I can just tell them I changed my mind or I overslept
Myself: Now you know your word is all you got
I: Ughhhh so why am I awake
Me: Just go back to sleep
Myself: no, but I’m already awake
I: yea, why am I awake! It’s too early for this
Me: ok, I can just go run later. The gym opens at 8. I can just get some miles in on the treadmill. So I can sleep another 2 hours
Myself: now how often in the past has that actually happened. You know you NEVER “run later”
I: ok maybe I’m up BC I need to just do this now
Me: ok ok if I go back to sleep today will be another missed run day
Myself: Yes, do I really want to do these races that I’m planning? Ugh that means I can’t miss another training run, especially a long run
I: ok I’m up now
Me: Ughhhh! Now you only have 10 minutes to get yourself together

Yes, I have these arguments with myself EVERY morning I wake up before 9AM just to exercise. And I have a sneaky feeling that I’m NOT the only early morning exerciser who has to talk him/herself into actually leaving the comforts of a cozy bed to get dressed and workout at the crack of dawn! Some days it’s not so hard, but most days this is the conversation that I have. It makes “To be or not to be-that is the question” take on a whole new meaning for me:
To be or not to be…Healthy
To be or not to be…An Athlete
To be or not to be…Fit
To be or not to be…Obese
To be or not to be…Hypertensive & on meds for the rest of my life
To be or not to be…A Runner
To be or not to be…A Marathoner
To be or not to be…In the BEST shape of my life

So, in the early morning hours…I get up. I get dressed. I workout. It’s not easy. I love to sleep in, but it’s what works for me. Many people look at me like I’m crazy when I say I’m up at 5 or 6AM to workout. They say that they couldn’t do it. Each time I hear that it encourages me to keep pushing because my goals are just for me. I know what I have to do to reach them. I know what works for me. I know the life that I want to live.

Do you work out in the mornings? What motivates you to keep getting up?

–Stassi Nicole

4 thoughts on “Sundays with Stassi: When you see me running…An Early Morning Runner’s Dilemma

  1. I’ve definitely had these conversations! I push myself to get up also and run every morning. I always better when I start my day this way. I use it as a quiet/reflective time also to pray and focus my thoughts for the day. So, yes the struggle is real but the rewards are too! Nicely written!

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  2. I’ve never been a big early morning workout person. When I work out (which has been about a year), I prefer to go at night. There is no one there, and I have my run of the place. It become a peaceful temple of sorts.

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