Return of the Morning Workout

9 Aug, 2011

It’s no secret that I’m NOT a morning person, right?

Well, I need to start working on that. You see, in order to keep up with the level of training I’ll need to do for my next planned race – my first Olympic distance triathlon – I’m going to need to do real two-a-day workouts during the week instead of the fake ones that got me through sprint training.

(According to yours truly, a fake two-a-day = back to back workouts in the evening.  While a REAL two-a-day = one workout in the morning, one workout in the evening.)

So this morning I thought I’d try my hand at my first morning workout in a looooong time. 

Once I was actually out of bed & moving it wasn’t too bad! It’s that getting out of bed part that I struggle the most with…although really, even if I didn’t have to get up until 9am I’d still want to lay there indefinitely…bed is just sooooo comfy…I’ve gotten off track, haven’t I?

My plan was to run an easy 3 miler. But plans changed at 1.25 when I twisted my ankle – I sweear, this effing thing is going to be the death of me! I got to the 2 mile mark and called it a day. (3 just seemed like pushing it on the freshly twisted tendons.)

Luckily the 3 mile course keeps me close to home so cutting it short was no problem.


I was even a good little girl & did some stretching when I was done!


See those little spots on my knee? It’s actually sweat! It was super humid while I was running & I was covered in sweat drops like that! (I also discovered it’s nearly impossible to get a picture of my own shoulder blade with my cell phone.)

At least it wasn’t a billion degrees out…there just might be something to this whole morning workout thing after all.

This Post Has 14 Comments

  1. Kathrin says:

    I am not much a fan of two-a-days either, but once you have to ramp up mileage and you know, have a day job, that’s the only way to go.

    Great job getting out of bed this morning, but bummer about the ankle, hopefully that is not going to give you a lot of trouble.

    Honestly, in this heat, I run in the morning or I don’t run at all.

    • Theresa says:

      That’s the problem – my day job gets in the way of my training!
      I’ve been able to get away with evening runs, but it’s starting to get really hot now (Aug & Sept are our hottest months) so I need to get back on the AM running wagon!

  2. Heather says:

    Sigh………..these ankles of ours……..
    Great job on the morning workout – I’m not a morning person either. I always think it’s unfair that almost every race is in the morning! What about us evening exercisers? #nofair :)

    • Theresa says:

      It’s weird – I’m perfectly fine with AM races. It’s just AM workouts that annoy me!
      And yes, these ankles of ours are out of control!

  3. Liz says:

    I think cooler temps is the main motivation for a morning workout (and also a good start to the day I suppose)….but the last few days I’ve totally overslept. Damn comfy beds!

    • Theresa says:

      morning workouts are definitely a great way to start the day – I always feel great all day long when I do them! Maybe we should get really uncomfortable beds to help solve our problem?

  4. Jamie Walker says:

    If I don’t get my morning workout in then it probably wont’ happen. I’m terrible at evenings..can never motivate!!!

  5. Errign says:

    I loooove morning workouts & I don’t love heat rash, as I’ve been getting it on my legs lately since it’s ridiculously hot here.

    • Theresa says:

      Heat rash is the WORST! Luckily I haven’t gotten any for a couple months. Usually only pops up when I cycle for a long time…like an hour or more. But so far I’ve had not problems when I run. Fingers crossed!

  6. Magpie says:

    Running first thing in the morning is one of my favorite things. I love when I get to watch the sun rise and it’s great starting the day knowing that nothing (or no-one) can take my run away from me, no matter what the day brings. I give you lots of credit for the tri training and working out in the morning and again in the evening – now that’s dedication. You are an inspiration!

  7. I was LOVING the morning workouts for a long time! Then, my coworker left for maternity leave and I’ve been busting out earlier hours at the office instead of alternating (we’re so short-staffed!). When she finally comes back next month, I’m scared it will take a while for me to get back into the swing of things…

    • Theresa says:

      I can’t do early work hour either – I’m spoiled though since I don’t need to be in the office until 9am! Hope things don’t stay too crazy for you too long!

  8. steena says:

    I’m not a morning person either, sleep is my friend! Hope your ankle twist doesn’t set you back too far!

    • Theresa says:

      Sleep is definitely one of the most precious things on Earth if you ask me! (Luckily most of the soreness is gone already, so I should be able to run again tomorrow!) -

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