Updated: Nov 15, 2020
Waking up just a little bit earlier to live just a little bit longer, because the sunrise is always worth it!
I hope you all had a great week so far, wherever it may be that you are: staying home, volunteering, working in the office or isolated with your family. As we all know these are confusing and weird times, the world is changing and in response, our routines have changed, work habits have shifted and the way we socialize has changed too. Throughout all of this confusion there is still one good thing which we can do, one thing to help keep our emotional health, physical health and mental health in check – make sure you are including some kind of activity into you day.
Half of my exercise routine has managed to stay the same, getting out and doing some kind of activity, not in a group though, just on my own, and for me, that chosen activity is to run along the beach. I specifically choose to run early in the morning sometime between 5:30 and 7am as there is basically no one else out. No chance of being around other people, just the waves, my music and the sunrise, and that is how I like it!
Many people ask ‘how is it you enjoy running so much?’ as many find it too boring, but the reason I do really enjoy running is because it’s a great way to release thoughts, destress and is basically a form of meditation - just letting all your thoughts go, thinking of you feet hitting the ground, pumping your arms and legs faster, breathing deep and raising your heart rate. I do enjoy running for about an hour, but I definitely don't think I would enjoy a marathon, because then that might get boring, but then I think unless it was a hwole route in a forest or mountain somewhere - that would interest me!
So, waking up early to be running at sunrise may seem like a crazy activity, but once you do it a couple of times, you do find it's so enjoyable that you start to get excited for the next time you plan to wake up early and run in the morning. I recently decided to challenged myself, to run 10km a day……for 10 days, the first thing in the morning before carrying on with the rest of my day. This was a great personal challenge and the full story (with tips and pics) will be up soon, so keep an eye out!