Jacki Donaldson of That’sFit often finds herself running at “pre-dawn.” Take a look:You’ll usually find me at the gym by 5AM—yup, that early—yes, I realize I’m crazy, but I’m not the only one.
Running in the dark of the early morning is the newest of my exercise approaches, designed to allow me a jump on the day ahead, to get my workout out of the way before the world around me wakes up. No interruptions. No distractions. No competing priorities. Just me, an hour's worth of time, and the hills. Or sometimes my treadmill. I also fit in a few other exercises -- mostly for my stubborn stomach -- and a shower too. By the time my husband and little boys are awake, I've accomplished what I set out to do and don't have to fret about fitting it in for the rest of day.I’m a total early bird. In fact, if I don’t exercise in the morning, I’m edgy and antsy all day long. Anyone else share my affliction—or should I say, addiction?
It took some practice to get rolling with this workout routine. Once a night owl, I now crash early. My favorite late TV shows get taped and I watch them early on subsequent nights. Hoisting myself out of bed in the morning has gotten easier too, although today I slept 15 minutes longer than intended and had to ramp up my running speed to make it home on time. Not a bad trade, though. I'm sure my body liked the jolt it got.