As you might remember if you regularly follow my blog, I started running in the morning back in June. I actually was getting up earlier than my normal waking time, by about 45 minutes, so up at 5am, to go for a run.
And considering I have never been a morning person, I was pretty proud of myself for accomplishing that.
Well, guess what? That experiment has failed. “How?” you ask? “By the sun,” I reply.
Yes, the sun. In the longer days of June and July, I’d get up and there was enough predawn light in the bedroom that I could dress without turning on the light and waking my wife. Also, the predawn light acted as a motivator. “Oh, look, Sol is up already. The least I can do is get up as well.”
In other words, dawn was mere minutes away. The sky was turning pretty shades of red, orange, and purple. It was often beautiful.
I did not, however, get up when it was raining.
Why? Because it was dark and gloomy out. I believe I’ve mentioned I suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Most people only suffer SAD during the long, overcast days of winter, when there isn’t enough sun.
For me, however, even just one cloudy day can set off my SAD. I’m very sensitive to a lack of sunlight, moreso than most.
Which will explain why as the days grow shorter and the sun rises later, I’ve been struggling the last few weeks to get up.
My alarm goes off, I get up to turn it off, and the darkness beckons me to reset the alarm for 45 minutes later and I get back I to bed. I don’t hit snooze, I actually change the time the alarm goes off.
As it’s gotten darker these last few days in the morning, I’ve just left my alarm set for 5:45 am.
And it will only become an insurmountable obstacle once November 5th gets here and we have to set our clocks back an hour.
Getting up at 4:45 am every morning during the winter will be difficult enough. No way could I set the time for 4 am to get up to run.
I loathe going back to Standard Time.
So, I’m sorry to disappoint all the morning runners, but I’ve returned to evening runs. It was fun while it lasted.
Ok, that’s a lie. Morning running was never fun. I was like an automaton set to autopilot. I ran at one slow, steady speed. Every part of me exceot my legs were still asleep.
I never increased my pace, except for a half-hearted sprint for the last block (60 to 100 yards?). And Inwas only able to increase my distance feom the 1 mile a day in June to about 1.75 miles.
I do not have any gumption in the morning. My brain is asleep, which means my motivation center is as well. I do not have the will needed to say, “Go faster!” even if it’s just to the next tree or to say “Keep going!” once I’ve reached my usual end point.
However, I can do that in the evening. I can force myself to go faster, to run farther.
So my experiment in morning running is over. It was a fail. I never improved as a runner and just barely maintained where I was.
In other words, mornings still suck and I’m glad to be rid of them.
Update rant on US Cellular
We’re still waiting for our rebate for having switched from Verizon to US Cellular. I had to go back to the brick and mortar store to air my displeasure. The rep was understanding, looked everything up, and said he could take care of it, that the previous rep had indeed screwed up. With luck, something I’m lacking, everything is straightened out.
Now we just have to continue to wait even longer for our promised debate and while we waited, I was holding off paying my bill hoping the rebate would come in.
It was due 8 days ago.
This morning, US Cellular cut off our service for lack of payment.
Let me say that again.
I was 8 days late and they cut off my service!
Before someone says, “You didn’t pay your bill and they shut you off and you’re surorised?” consider Verizon never cut off our service. Ever. And there were times where I was several weeks late. In fact, Verizon would accept a “promise to pay” future-dated payment, which sometimes put our lateness as far out as almost a month.
Still, they never shut us off.
In fact, no cellphone company we’ve been with has cut us off after only one week. Not Sprint. Not Cingular. Not AT&T (I think AT&T’s threshold was 15 days).
So I made a payment, with money I don’t have yet, hoping it takes until Friday to reach my bank so I don’t get an insufficient funds penalty.
To add insult to injury, US Cellular added a $25 per line activation fee to turn our service back on, which will appear on our next bill! (I thought their commercials claim they don’t have activation fees?)
I sure hope our rebate comes in before then.
I’m really regretting having made this switch to US Cellular. I’ll give them a few more months bedore I start shopping again.
Cellphone companies suck!