I am definitely a routine oriented person. That said, I can easily change my routine in the matter of a morning — sneaky spontaneity, if you will.
I used to love running at sunset. And now, I’ve recently rekindled my love with working out in the morning. I get up an hour earlier, make a quick cup of coffee, and then jump out the door.
But how do I really do it? The motto that I learned in startup land, that I had unknowingly adopted long before: Just Fucking Do It. Sometimes there’s no rhyme or reason, no good enough way to “feel awake and ready to run!” in the AM. You just gotta bite the bullet and try. Surprise yourself.
Usually I decide what workout I’m going to do the night before. I picture it, think about it. So when the alarm goes off, I’m excited to get moving. Sometimes I just want to kick-start my day with a mindless run, so will go out for 6-8 miles around Brooklyn, and maybe hop over the bridge. Other days, I head over to the track and do a workout, since I’m insanely sad that all of my speed from high school is gone. I started doing 200m cut-downs in an attempt to bring back some speed; I also randomly did mile repeats (who AM I?) and was pleasantly surprised that I could comfortably hold down 6:40 miles.
So just try it! Wake up a little earlier and your whole day could feel radically different. Personally, it feels awesome getting to the office knowing I’ve already done a speed workout, read a portion of the newspaper, and had a quick caffeine blast.
It’s the litte things, I guess.