This morning I woke up at 5:00am; I was wide awake, staring at the ceiling. Don’t ask me how and don’t ask me why. For the past week I’ve been setting my alarm for 6:00am to get some early exam studying in and I have slept through it everyday until 7:00am. Now today, the day I do not set an alarm, my body decides to get up at 5:00.
After a half hour of staring at the ceiling, I finally decided to take control of the situation. I hopped out of bed (the easiest time I’ve had doing that in months) and bundled up. Layer upon layer, I dressed until I was ready to face the NEGATIVE 22 DEGREE CELSIUS temperatures outside. Yes, you read that right, -22 degrees! And I decided to leave my cozy bed, before the sun had risen, to run in it.
Truth be told, making crazy choices like this regarding my fitness empowers me. What other people see as psycho or impossible, I find strength in. This morning I ended up running 8.5km in an hour. A layer of 5cm thick snow covered the sidewalks as more fell from the sky. It felt a lot like running on the beach in loose sand. When I finished, I ran to the local Tim Hortons to enjoy my morning coffee. My mum joined me just after 7:00am. It was such a wonderful way to start the day.
Going forward, I felt so strong. I was able to take control of my morning instead of frittering it away staring at the ceiling. I was able to run outside in conditions that would make most people cringe.
I write this blog post, besides enjoying the little bit of bragging about my accomplishment, to encourage you to allow yourself to make the choices that most people cringe away from. Be willing to be that crazy person and do not limit yourself. Because trust me, doing the crazy can feel so amazing.