Confessions of a Morning Exerciser Gone Astray


Mug shot or Snapchat? Unclear.

Once upon a time, the idea of waking up before 8 was foreign to me.

But over time, I grew to become a morning exerciser. I saw the light — it’s nice knowing whatever happens during the work day, at least I did something for myself in the morning; it frees up my nights (OK, fine, that’s probably the main reason I started working out in the morning); and it makes me a much nicer, happier person at work.

Lately, though…I’ve had such a hard time waking up in the morning for various reasons, and it’s frustrating. The only thing I can do, though, is just keep trying and not let perfect be the enemy of good. (And also not skip workouts two days in a row — that sets up a pattern I don’t like.)

last week

I’ll be honest that I still can’t bring myself to do a long run on the weekends…yup, Brooklyn is going to suck. My goal is to do 8 this weekend, though, and 10 next weekend. Who’s around? 🙂

Monday:  Did a little baby tempo — 1 mile warm-up, 2 mile tempo, 1 mile cool-down.

Tuesday: Row House, which is quickly becoming one of my favorite ClassPass classes. It’s usually a pretty good calorie burn AND a sweatfest.

Wednesday: Miraculously, I did a two-a-day despite having …a few cocktails…to celebrate some good news at work. Late afternoon: run with coworkers // Night: Liz’s class at Uplift because I can’t resist going to a friend’s class when I’m free

Thursday: took a rest day since I’d two-a-dayed the day before

Nike Running

Friday: Jordan and I went to Nike Run Club. The run wasn’t easy…but I <3 running with my buddy Jordan AND getting in a good run before work.

Saturday: Meg has a class at the Brooklyn Heights Equinox that she loves — Cardio Sculpt. She’s been asking me to take it with her for a while, and I had a free Saturday morning, so I headed out to BK to try it with her. GOOD GOD. So, the first twenty minutes of the class is old-school step, and this girl has two thumbs and ZERO coordination, and I wondered what I’d gotten myself into. The next 25-30 minutes segued from high-rep, low-weight strength training to slightly heavier weights by the end. We had plans to go to the Scoop sample sale after (HELLO $19 Rag & Bone jeans), and I’d asked if she was planning on going sweaty. After class, I understand why she basically just laughed at me.

Sunday: Still didn’t want to long run, swam instead

this week

Monday: rest day

Today (Tuesday):  3-mile treadmill run — I ran some hills/sprints a la Mile High to keep it interesting

Wednesday: Am on the waitlist for Uplift tomorrow morning; if I don’t get in, I’m going to commit to doing one of our Daily Burn strength workouts at home

Thursday: AM: Row House with Ashley // PM: Want to also get in a quick run

Friday: ??

Saturday: long run

Sunday: ??

Morning or night exerciser? What’s on your schedule this week? 


8 comments on “Confessions of a Morning Exerciser Gone Astray

  1. Tracy Schwartz

    Fitness what’s that? I lost all motivation a month ago and it hasn’t come back. No good, Tracy.

    I want to stick with 1-2 mile walk/runs in the am. Have to work hard to hold myself accountable.

    Also may start yoga if I get hired as receptionist at studio. Something part time for now!

    Will be cheering at Brooklyn. Hope to spot you and scream and cheer for you!

  2. Jamie

    I hear you. I’ve always loved morning workouts because it’s nice to have it out of the way for the day. But for some reason it’s been hard lately. On Monday I downloaded Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s new app, The Rock Clock. It’s a hysterical wake up /motivational message and has helped me get out of bed for the past two days. “There’s no snooze button on greatness!”

  3. Ash Diamond

    If you want to join, I’m doing my Saturday run with Lululemon in Brooklyn. It’s right off the Bergen Street F stop and is a 4-5 mile run with a fun group and gorgeous views. Due to the hamstring fun my goal this week is to do 6 miles.

  4. Nicole

    morning! whats annoying is i think i perform better after work, im stiff in the am. but i need to get the workout out of the way so i dont stress about leaving work!

  5. Megan

    Last summer I committed to becoming a full time morning exerciser, there are way too many excuses to skip a PM workout. Here’s what works for me:
    1. Get up at the same time every day (or close to it – on weekdays).
    2. Commit to going to bed earlier (I don’t really need any extra hour of DVR/Netflix/HGTV).
    3. Do not give yourself enough time to snooze (I don’t have an extra minute in the morning).
    4. Book your workouts in advance (it’s way easier to justify not scheduling a workout than canceling one).
    5. Take a rest day when you need it (I book myself 6 days a week, but regularly take a day off if I’m feeling especially worn out – 5 workouts a week is nothing to sneeze at).

    1. Megan

      PS – it took me a couple of months to get used to the schedule – way longer than I thought. But now I’m way more grumpy on days I sleep till 7 than days I get up at 5:30 to workout. @Megan:

  6. Laura

    I’m an evening exerciser. Always have been, since I started working out. I am awful in the mornings, can’t get going at all. To be able to work out I would have to get up an hour or so before it to have some food and water, and I know I’m just going to ignore a 5am alarm… I struggle a lot with parkrun, even though I don’t have to get up so early for that and I love it once I’m there. One a week is enough morning workouts for me!
    Going in the evening means I feel mentally ready for it. I usually spend the day looking forward to it – for me it’s a way of de-stressing after work and not just lounging with a book or a film and wine.


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