I’m sitting at my desk with the large glass windows behind me as they flood in ligh…. oh wait, it’s 4:53 pm. The windows aren’t flooding in light! All the windows are doing is showing me how the day is coming to an end. The sun is setting early thanks to the fact that it’s almost winter. All the large glass windows are doing is reminding me that I need to figure out how the heck I am supposed to train for the LA Marathon.
Step one of my training is to get in shape for the Turkey Boogie 1/2 Marathon which will be held in Santa Monica, CA on November 30th. My boyfriend Blair and I are committed to running this race. With just a few weeks left to train I have to say, I’m in for a rude awakening!
Because the sun is setting before I even leave my office I realized the other day that I have to figure out a new routine. Gone are the days of leaving my office at the end of the day, throwing on some running clothes in my car and taking a nice long run in the sun along the beach. Finding a new routine isn’t easy though. The only three options that I have come up with so far include:
- Run in the dark – My mother would not be happy with this option!
- Wake up early and run in the mornings before work – We will get back to this one.
- Join a gym – Which was my mode of operation when I lived in New York City.
Running in the dark is just not an option. It’s not safe, my mother (yes I am 27-years-old, but I will still listen to her) is against this. Obviously I didn’t even need to explain that since all I have written about is how the sun setting early is causing me issues when it comes to running. Let’s move on, shall we?
Waking up early has never been my strength. Some people are morning people, some people are night people and some people are a mixture of the two. I am notoriously a night owl. When the alarm goes off in the morning you can count on me to hit the snooze button a few times. What to do?
Should I join a gym? Well that has it’s downsides too. The closest gym to my office is a YMCA or Equinox. The YMCA is a family YMCA and is always swamped with children. The Equinox is expensive and out of my budget. That leaves me with LA Fitness which is over a mile away from both my job and my home.
With all those factors laid out I realized quickly that I had only one viable option to attempt and that is to wake up before work and run in the mornings. Knowing that this would not be a challenge that I would excel at right away I decided it was time to make more than one change. Not only am I increasing my running, obviously a must for training for a marathon or 1/2 marathon. Not only am I waking up early, which we established is the best option out of those I presented. I will also be adjusting one other thing in my life. Alcohol.
November will not see a detox to the extent of which I did in May of 2012. Nope, I won’t be cutting alcohol out of my diet completely, but I have decided to restrict my intact. I will no longer have a single drink unless it is at a social or work function on the weekends. That way my body and mind will be easier to rouse in the mornings.
This morning was one of those mornings. It was easier to wake than it has been in the past, by my first morning run was none-the-less a struggle. As humiliated as I am to post this I still have to admit that I only hit 2.3 miles this morning.
It’s a start! One way to motivate me is by making a donation toward my efforts to raise funds for this wonderful organization that provides a year-round medical specialty camp for children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses which you can learn more about by clicking on the graphic link above that says DONATE!