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You Snooze You Lose

by Tess Woods

Giving Up at 30. Getting Back at 40.

It was 30. That was the magical age when I came to the realization that I was not going to get up in the mornings to run. I have been a runner since I was a kid. When they were mandatory for sports, I got up at 5:45 a.m. to go on those early runs, all because I had to! But when it came to my own self motivation it just wasn’t going to happen.

I’ve heard those faithful runners who speak of the wonders of early-morning running. It’s so peaceful, great way to start your day, your alternative to coffee, you get your workout done with — blah, blah, blah. But when that alarm button goes off, it takes seconds for me to swing my arm around and hit snooze and then rationalize that there is plenty of time later in the day to run.

Every so often throughout my running career, I would say to myself that this is it. Today is the day I am going to start running in the mornings. It will be so nice to have it done and out of the way. Not have to worry about trying to squeeze it in after work when I’m tired and all I want to do is grab a snack and crash on the couch. But my need for zzz’s always won out.

So at 30, I gave up that notion. But you know what? Now I am in my 40s and I am willing to get my butt out of bed at 6 a.m. if I’m lucky enough to go for a run or at least a brisk walk (knee surgery — that’s another story). And you know why? Because I have a bunch of friends waiting for me — that’s why. Friends who I may not have an opportunity to see any other time. So I set my alarm, and when it goes off, I won’t say I don’t contemplate hitting the snooze and skipping the run because I was up late with my 8 year olds night terror or my 3 year old ended up in our bed at 5 a.m. and I’m really, really tired, but I go ahead and pull myself out of bed because I know I want and need this time for myself — physically and mentally.

My friends push me to run longer and sometimes harder but also provide moral support for whatever issues I may bring up during those runs. And even more important to me is they make me laugh and bring joy to my life in a form I can’t obtain in any other way. And I think and hope I do the same for them. Now that’s worth getting up for.

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