I got up yesterday morning at my typical time, 5:30AM, and then I spent almost two hours getting ‘prepared’ to go run even though I laid out all my clothes the night before. I do this pretty much every morning with only slight variations, the biggest one being what time I leave. You might think that has something to do with what happens to come up unexpectedly but actually it’s based on daylight savings time because I almost never run in the dark.
Yesterday I didn’t get out the door until after 7:30AM which prompted MacGyver to ask me why it took me over two hours to get prepared to go run and also gave me the idea for this post. Pre-run rituals are unique to individual runners but today I thought I’d share some of mine. Maybe I should preface this post with a simple fact, I’m weird.
As I stated before, I wake up around 5:30AM in the morning. That time can vary but typically, it doesn’t. The first thing I do is head to bathroom because I usually have to pee like a race horse. Most mornings I almost finish just before Hank burst in the door to let me know that he needs to pee too. Trust me when I tell you that I’m very thankful for that because the alternative means that I’ll have to add cleaning up dog pee to the ritual and that doesn’t make me a happy camper!
After taking the dogs out I usually make my coffee which serves two purposes, it wakes me up and, ahem, gets things moving if you know what I mean. In case you don’t, let me spell it out for you, it means another 15-20 minutes in the bathroom. I thoroughly enjoy this time because this is usually when I catch up on the important news stories by reading Runners World and People magazine, the pertinants and such.
Sometime around 6:15, feeling lighter and much more informed about the days news, I get dressed. My clothes are waiting for me because I always lay them out the night before, always. If my running clothes are not ready and waiting, I’m not running. Period.
After I get dressed the schedule varies slightly. Sometimes I have a bit of work to finish before I run, sometimes I do paperwork for MacGyver and sometimes I’ll post on the blog but I always check my emails, respond to the most important ones and prepare my work day so that I can get to work as soon as possible when I finish my run.
Around 6:30 MacGyver gets up and I usually make the bed and pick out my work day clothes which I lay in the bathroom so they’re ready after I return from my run and take a quick shower. (I just realized I spend half my life preparing so that I have more time?)
Around 6:45 I have my second cup of coffee and walk around the house to pick up and straighten up and then I take the dogs out for a second time. After letting the dogs out I stretch and warm up for around 5 to 10 minutes. I grab a few pieces of butterscotch and put them in my Spibelt along with my debit card, a few dollar bills and my key. I put my iPhone in a Ziploc and put in my headphones. And then, between 7 and 7:30, (depending on daylight savings time), I head out to run.
Now, the important thing here is how important the pre-run ritual is because if any part of it goes awry I could, at any moment, erupt into psychotic behavior which my family is fully aware of and yet occasionally they still allow it to happen. Those silly, silly people.
Now, I want to hear about your pre-run ritual, tell me something that you do every day before you run.