Thursday, November 18, 2010

darkness falls

On most days, I wake up at 4:30am....in complete and utter darkness.
I walk the dog, get ready, drive into the city by 7am....darkness.
I head into an office building for 10-11 hours and emerge into...you guessed it, more darkness.
I have dinner, think about running......but there's that darkness!



I don't know about you, but I feel like I'm becoming nocturnal.

I am missing the long evenings of summer in a BIG way, and it's starting to affect my running. I have zero motivation to head out into the night. By 6:30pm I am ready to pack it in for the day. It makes no sense.

In the summer, the fun would just be getting started at 6:30pm! That would be the time I started thinking about getting in a run and maybe squeezing in another walk with my dog and maybe even hitting a bucket of golf balls.

Now? Pajamas look mighty good around 7pm.

* shakes head *

I think it's about time I re-set my internal clock.

After all, it's only November!

18 comments:

  1. I usually drag myself kicking & screaming into a workout. But once I start, I'm good to go.

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  2. Aw. that's when I love my treadmill and the option of running/walking at home in my brightly lit living room!! :) But it is definitely hard to stay positive in the darkness...but even if you don't have a treadmill, you CAN run inside!! do jumping jacks on the spot, run up and down stairs if you have 'em, and/or run on the spot...that's what I did before I got the treadmill :))

    After you get your heart beating and your blood pumping you'll feel so much better!

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  3. I am struggling with the darkness too. I would so much rather just curl up on the couch than exercise in the evening. For this reason I'm trying to commit to morning workouts. But getting up early is absolutely no fun for me! Anyway, just want to say I feel ya!

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  4. luckily its only what? 34 days until the winter solstice? Then the days get longer again.

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  5. Me too! This darkness is killing my motivation...by the time I get home, its dark and all I want to do is plop my bum down on the couch and see whats on my DVR :) I've got to figure out a way to get focused through the winter...if you think of something let me know :)

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  6. I am so with you my friend!! Last night, I got home from work, sat in my hubby's chair (of course it's the most comfortable one in the house), in my work clothes, put a movie on and promptly fell asleep.

    When I woke up, I was bummed out!! I had so much to do last night!! ACK - I'm behind!!

    Guess I needed sleep - Can't beat what the body needs!!!

    Try to do what you can!!

    Stay focused!!

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  7. Sorry about this...but I have to say it:

    Move to Arizona. Year-round blue skies. Winter nights in the low-40's and winter days in the mid-70's.

    We'll get the guest room ready for you!

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  8. Yeah...I am feeling you here! Notice my recent runs have taken place inside the gym on the treadmill =( It stinks for biking too. Boo on winter.

    <3 Katie

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  9. Hey Rae!
    I know its been forever since I've commented but I wanted to congratulate you on your progress! You are doing amazing! I am now looking to you for motivation while I try to get back on track! Oh and by the way... love the music on the blog. I was wondering why my Iphone started playing... then realized that it was your blog!

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  10. Likewise missing the summer evenings being light out and getting out there and walk'jog. Now whenever i go during the week, it is dark. Just going to have to accdept that i guess. Or, I can move to the southern hemisphere I suppose.

    Have a Great Weekend!

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  11. I hear ya! I feel like I've almost been hibernating lately. Fortunately I had some energy last night, and pretty much had to go home, immediately switch clothes, and then run. If I had paused to think about it I would have just gone to bed!

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  12. Yah, running in the dark is kind of difficult. But sometimes you see cool stuff: setting near full moon, venus as morning star, constellations, migrating birds...

    Of course some days it's just cloudy and glum.

    But as long as the weather isn't too bad I prefer outside to treadmill.

    I like the feeling of getting to my desk in the morning and having already run...makes me feel great physically and mentally. No matter how crappy the day is I feel good about myself for that.

    GREAT going so far! Don't be in a rush but do make it a habit!

    -paul

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  13. I've been having a very similar experience lately in Seattle. We're pretty far north, plus the persistent cloud cover shortens the days further. Last week, I had a business trip to Florida and went for a walk at 6 PM. Here, the sun sets before 5. Ugh. I'm with you.

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  14. Thanks for the comment :) Its nice to find someone with the same fitness goal. We can do this!

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  15. I am thankful for so much, getting healthy in 2010 is near the top of my list behind family & friends.

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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  16. It's hard Rae but you gotta force yourself to go...can you go walking at lunchtime? Even a 10 minute coffee break is a good excuse to go wander for a bit....and then plan longer outings on the weekends...hang in there

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  17. I was actually thinking to myself earlier how it felt like I'd gone into hibernation mode. The lack of wanting to do the usual things on account of how little sun I had to inspire me. It's just not the same; you have to battle with the wind, snow, frost, sleet, rain, hail, and the debilitating cold that smashes at you from all sides. I wish I had a gym room in my house!

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  18. Trying to catch up with my blog reading! I know exactly what you mean!!! This darkness is driving me NUTS!

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