This arrangement worked fine for the past two years, but it wasn't ideal. I don't always have a free lunch hour depending on meetings or college events, so many times I would have to forfeit a run or elliptical session because of work demands. Once I began running longer distances, the hour I had wasn't really enough.
So, a few weeks ago, after missing a lot of runs and mid-day exercise sessions, I had a long talk with myself. Just in my head...not out loud...although those talks occur too. I realized that it was time to change my routine and find a way to exercise either in the morning or evening. I quickly determined that the evenings are out. I don't really like to exercise at the end of the day. After a full day of work, I just want to hang out with my family.
So, that leaves early morning for me. Now that Ben is no longer a baby (sniff, sniff) and Amelia is more capable of getting herself ready in the mornings, early morning exercise is doable. So, I started running and going to the gym early each morning and it's working out great! I love my new schedule! Every morning, my alarm goes off at 4:50, and I hit snooze once. I have to hit snooze. I can't seem to get up without doing so. I'm out of bed by 5:00 and dressed for my run or the gym by 5:10. I can't exercise without some caffeine in my system, so I spend about 30 minutes drinking coffee and water. I also need that time to "get things moving" if you know what I mean. I like my system to be "cleaned out" before I start running or hit the gym. I'm out the door by 5:40 and I'm done by 6:45.
That's when Ben and Amelia tend to wake up, so I don't even miss any time with them in the mornings. It's great! I can start the day with my exercise already completed and I don't have to worry that I will miss a workout because something else comes up. And, I get the extra perk of an empty gym and my choice of equipment.
I don't think I can ever go back to lunch hour exercise. Especially since I now spend my time eating and reading blogs!