Monday, August 22, 2011

(not so) bright and early

A few weeks ago my friend Lacy asked if I wanted to run with her one morning. We had to meet at six so she could be back before her husband left for work. When my alarm went off I wanted to cry. I wanted to stay in bed where it was so warm and cozy. Having to meet someone is better for me because I get to be accountable to someone. That first run was hard. I felt out of shape and tired, but I loved it. We met every day that week. We have invited a handful of other girls to come and now there are 5 of us that go...even though all 5 haven't been together yet. We've been going for 4 weeks. I still moan when I hear my beeping alarm at 5:30 AM but it feels so good to get out and get moving so early. I love how beautiful it is here. The air is brisk and smells so good.

It's been so good for me. It's good for me to make myself do something hard because I normally resist and I can guarantee I wouldn't be doing this on my own. I love the feeling of having exercised before 7 in the morning. I get home and feel awake and ready for the day. I am getting so much done in the morning. I really feel like by noon I have accomplished more than I usually would have all day. My kids are so happy that I am already up when they wake. I got into a horrible habit of letting Kaden come and jump all over us before we would crawl out of bed. I can't even remember the last time I got to see the sun rise. Now I get to see it rise nearly every day. It is so beautiful.

Matt and I still need to work a lot on getting to bed earlier. I know that now school has started and it will be harder to meet most of my friends, it's going to be harder for me to keep it up. At least now it's become somewhat habitual and maybe that will help. I don't know why I posted a whole long thing about nothing, but I really feel so much happier and energetic getting up early, being able to have some time to myself, and to think and run, and to enjoy good company and beautiful surroundings. Maybe that saying is true, Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise. I could sure be happy about that!

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