What a difference a minute makes

Thanks to the fine ladies on the Cathe Forums (the Crazy, Strong and Loving It thread – well said, no?) for pushing me to take a rest day yesterday despite my urge to run after work given the AMAZING weather we’re experiencing this week. My calves have been screaming at me since a step workout I did on Tuesday night (Imax3 from Cathe gets me every time!) and it was finally time for me to listen to my body and take a rest day. It was worth it for the run I had this morning with Scott, though my calves are STILL killing me. How does that happen?!

Anyway, as the title of my post alludes to, it’s true – what a huge difference a minute makes. And by that, I mean the minute between the alarm clock rustling me from my sleep at 5:45 and the minute where I debate “Do I get up and get it done or do I stay in bed and run tonight?” And you know exactly what I mean by that debate. You lay there still half-asleep wondering if it’s really worth it and then, as you lay there and start to wake up, you realize that duh, you’re wide awake, stop being such a sally and get your butt out of bed! At least that’s exactly what I did this morning. And it ended  up being worth every step of the 4-ish mile run Scott and I ran. The birds were chirping, the breeze was springy and fresh and it was the exact right way to get my day going.

And THAT, my friends, is what gets me out of bed in the morning. If you can find one thing that motivates you to get your workout done early in the day (especially on a Friday vs. having to work out AFTER work on a Friday which c’mon, is WAY worse in my opinion!), you’ll be able to make a habit out of it. I promise. I know, it sounds way easier in theory than in practice, but it REALLY is worth it if you can get into a routine that works for you (AM or PM).

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately as a few friends (IRL and in blogger world) have been asking me how I get and stay so motivated, even when I’m tired, I had a rough day, or whatever other million excuses I can drum up for not working out.  Another reason to get moving now? It’s springtime – the sun is up MUCH earlier now than in the fall/winter so if you can swing yourself into the habit now, imagine how much easier it’ll be to get ‘er done once its NOT so warm and sunny and bright in the morning. Just sayin’. 😉

Happy Friday, ya’ll!