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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Alarming Runners

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Last Friday night I posted on Facebook about getting up EARLY for a Long run... I get to sleep in 2 days and week. As a Distance runner one of those days I am generally up before the sun. Completing multi-digit runs before most have had their first cup of coffee.

I am not ALONE in this, oh no!! The Alarm clock has attacked many of you.. Getting in the miles without taking up the entire day requires dedication and often, blurry vision :) I am an early bird, so I think this quotes is fitting....

“You will find the key to success under the alarm clock"

Yes I like to get up early but I still think the Alarm clock is EVIL!! Que Darth Vader music..

Below are some examples of early AM antics...

  • My crazy Canadian pal Marlene was up at 3:30AM for a mid distance tempo run on Tuesday!! Read about it HERE.
  • Making sure not to miss their FIRST Triathlon Stacie HERE and Tressa HERE were up at 3:10AM.
  • And just yesterday my running pals Janna and Rachelle invited me for an 8 mile run this morning at 5:00AM.. I passed, that is just too darn EARLY!!..

So I ask you...

What is the earliest your Alarm was blaring for a run, race, bike, tri, etc??

Tell us about it.. It may be ALARMING to see just how CRAZY we all are..

45 comments:

Jodi H said...

For my marathon attempt back in May, my alarm sounded at 4:30 AM.

I get up at 4:40 AM on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings and try to be out the door between 4:50-5:00 AM for my tempo run on Tuesday and my recovery run on Wednesday.

Of course I have to be up by 5:45 AM for work when I am not doing a morning run.

Go ahead...call me crazy!!!

J said...

I have been up at 4:30am and 4:45am for some track morning workouts. Usually i get up at 5am to head out for my morning runs!

*~* *~* Tracy said...

I can so relate! Just this past Saturday I was up at 4:30 so I could hit the road by 5 and finish in time to take my 8 y/o to his first football game. It's worth the sacrifice, but there are days I'd give my right arm for a nap. :)

bobbi said...

*sigh* I MISS sleeping in. My alarm goes off between 4 and 4:15am every running day. That's 4 days a week. Sometimes on Saturday I can let it go until 6, but that depends on how jam packed our day is.

For my first half, my alarm was set for 3:30. Disgusting.

Bethany said...

The earliest I have gotten up is 4:30am. That was for a cross-training workout. I have to wake my 6-month old son up around 5:45-6am to feed him, so I try to get my XT in before that. I can't really run before I feed him, but I can at least get in my XT for the day. Otherwise, my early morning routine on my days off work is coffee & feed Baby at 6am, out the door for run around 7:30-8am.

Angie Bishop said...

Probably to some I am a mediocre runner because I just can't seem to get out there in the morning. I always think sleep seems better at an ungodly time of the day.

Ah well, when the motivation shows up I will take it although so far I am just not that determined. Maybe I just don't know what I want to be so I don't have a plan......maybe I am lazy......maybe I just like sleep....overall, mornings are not my the time of day that I shine the brightest :)

Fair Weather Runner said...

3:45a for my mid-week long this morning. does this mean i win for the week? oh wait, marlene was still earlier. even i find that hour ridiculous, but still somehow managed to do it!

Suzi said...

3:45 for my first half marathon. If I do morning runs during the week, I have to be up by 5:00. And let me tell you, I'm not a morning person so this is TOUGH!

Denise said...

4am...waaaay too many times. and yet i continue to do it.

Java Joggers said...

For a race? Probably the earliest is 4 AM. I am up and out the door by 5:15 AM twice a week to fit in my tempo run one day and my long run before work. Thank goodness I'm a morning person!

Tri Mommy said...

My earliest was 3:30 to make sure I got to a 1/2 Marathon on time... I had to drive 45 minutes to get there and deal with Disney traffic and parking. But usually I'm up by 5-5:30 for a run... not to terrible.

Marlene said...

Yay! Great post! ;) Thanks for the shout out.... 3:30 is my earliest non-race wake-up, but we had to be up at 2:xx for Disney... TWO DAYS IN A ROW! Brutal.

Shelby said...

My Aunt and I walked the breast cancer three day walk a couple of years ago. To get there on time, get all checked in and our gear checked we were up at 3am, so we could start our 60 mile journey at 6am SHARP! :)

Shelby said...

My Aunt and I walked the breast cancer three day walk a couple of years ago. To get there on time, get all checked in and our gear checked we were up at 3am, so we could start our 60 mile journey at 6am SHARP! :)

Hunnybee said...

Running mornings my alarm goes off at 5am. I need to be back by 6:30-6:45am when DH needs to leave for work.

track coach and adorable wife said...

Thanks for the shout out. Thankfully, normally I can get up at 6:30 and get my morning portion done before the boys wake up and then still get a workout done at night. I might die if I had to get up any earlier!

Kate said...

Too funny that you posted this today, because I was up at 4 am to run 8 miles before getting the kids up and heading to work. This is the earliest I've had to get up to run, though my normal time getting up on the Katy Trail ride was around 4:15 a.m. If I just have a short run scheduled, I can get up around 4:45-5. Thankfully, this is the longest weekday run I have for HM training.

I AM NOT a morning person, but I'm definitely finding that with a GOAL and a PLAN I'm able to get myself out of bed so I can log those miles. Once the half is over, all bets are off unless I sign on for another run quickly. I don't see myself getting up early "just to run". The goal has to be there and it has to be hanging over my head.

Rene' said...

My friend Lynn and I are up at 4:30 2 mornings a week to run at 5. She has to make it to work by 7 so it is either then or never....

Stacie said...

Thanks for the shout out. I've had a couple 3AM alarms to make it to a few races that we had to drive to. That's what I get for not living closer to a big city and being to cheap for hotel rooms.

I think 4-4:30 is a pretty good average for other races.

Sherry said...

So, what time does everyone go to bed to get up this early?

aron said...

my alarm was set for 245am for big sur marathon :) the race starts early and you HAVE to be shuttled to the start... i think thats the earliest wake up call i have had for a race :)

Lesley @ racingitoff.com said...

I get up at 4:30am on Tuesday and Thursday to make it to meet friends for 5am runs. One thing that has made it easier to get up in the morning is turning on all the lights while I get dressed to get the right chemicals flowing.

Aimee (I Tri To Be Me) said...

When I'm training for my tris, I usually get up 3 times a week at 4:30 to go swimming. It's the only time that the pool isn't crazy busy and I'm able to get my workout done before my fam even wakes up!

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

Earliest alarm I can recall would be 4 a.m. but that last Ultra I was up WAY before that thanks to the lovely off-roaders who had taken over our hotel and thought it was a great idea to use air wrenching in the wee hours! Ugh!

I want Marlene to adopt me. She is sooo dedicated to her morning runs.

Pemberton Family said...

My alarm goes off during the week at 4:30am,I either run or grab my packed bag and head to the gym for XT and weights. Weekends I have to be up by 5:30 if I want to run by myself, otherwise I wait until the kids get up and then push them in the double jogger (its still no later than 6:30). Once I am out of bed I actually look forward to running/working out. It's the part right when the alarm goes off that hurts the most:)

Darlene said...

If I am going for a run, I get up at 6am but then again I only run 3.5 mi.

Carly said...

In high school I had to be in the pool at 5pm so I used to have to get up at 4:30. I've had to get up earlier before, but not to exercise, thank goodness!

Amanda said...

For Disney Half I was up at 3:50AM and walking to the race on the streets of Anaheim at 4:15. I've never been out on the streets that early before. I felt dangerous ;)

Kerrie T. said...

Fun post, Mel! I got up at 3 a.m. to drive to the North Olympic Discovery Half Marathon on the peninsula in June! That's my earliest, but I regularly get up at 4:15 to hit the gym before work. :)

Navy Wife on a Diet said...

"Winners make a habit of doing things that losers are uncomfortable doing."

I think that quote applies here.

Bethany + Ryan said...

this year for disney i had to get up at 3am for 4 out of 5 nights. 2 mornings to catch a flight and 2 mornings to race.

but ya know whats crazy about me and alarm clocks?? they NEVER wake me up! not because i don't hear them, but because i ALWAYS wake up first! i don't know how i do it..if its set for 3am, i wake up at 2:58. 6:15 am? i wake up at 6:10am etc etc.

marathonmaiden said...

i think the earliest i've ever *set* an alarm to workout/race has been 445. but my body usually wakes up beforehand so i know that the earliest i've been up for a race is 330 or so. annoying. my body just doesn't trust the alarm to go off! even if i set multiple ones.

jillconyers said...

The earliest is 4:00 a.m. for a race. Routinely, I'm up at 4:30 no later than 5:00. I've been doing this for so long it's habit and I consider 6:00 sleeping in :)

Michelle said...

I am so NOT a morning person, but with the crazy heat this summer I learned to be out the door by 6. So far I haven't had to set the alarm earlier than 5:30. I do miss sleeping in on Sundays!

ajh said...

5 is plenty early for me and that is seldom seldom seldom!

Zaneta said...

I am not a morning person WHAT-SO-EVER!!! so, the earliest my alarm has gone off is 6am! lol

Amy said...

I am up everyday at 4:30am and out the door by 4:40. If I'm not that quick - I tend to talk myself out of it! This way by the time I get to think about it, I'm already warming up!

5 Miles 2 Empty said...

You know me...i dont get up early for training runs. =) 6:30 is my earliest for training, USUALLY. BUt, for a race, that is another story. I got up at 3:45 for my first tri and 4 for my marathon! TOO EARLY! =)

racing dawn said...

I had to wake up at 2:30 a.m. to get to the bus pick up by 3:15 a.m. for a race to be bussed up a mountain to start the race at 5:30! 2:30 a.m. people! Do I win a prize? I'm totally not making this up either! It was for a marathon in July that they start super early to beat the heat! Crazy! So greatful for the cool temps tho!

Meredith said...

3:00 AM a few weeks ago when I ran Hood to Coast and my team had a 6:45 start time. I did NOT look forward to it as I went to bed at 11:30!

For a 10 mile weekday run I got up at 4:45 and thought that was crazy! But, it sure was satisfying when I was done with 10 by 7 and my family was just waking up. Now, THAT is fun!

The Tri Runner said...

I have to set my alarm an hour before I want to get up to run. I won't hear it at first or I'll hit the snooze button in my sleep. I guess that's why I'd rather run at night.

Lisa said...

I got up at 4:30 once when I had to drive to a race. Otherwise, I prefer getting up at 6:00. I try to get up at 5:30 sometimes to swim or whatever, but it doesn't work so well for me...

Deb said...

I'm still a new runner, so the earliest I set my alarm clock now is 5:00 am. The most I've done so far is 6km though. I have gotten up and gone running at 4:00 am just because I couldn't sleep though.

Casey said...

my earliest was 4 am to get to the flying pig half mary. it had a 630a start!

Megan said...

I get up at 3:50 4times a week to train. And at 6AM on Sunday. I'm a single mom to kids about yours boys age during the week. After work is too hectic with dinner and baths and early bed times. By then I"m just too pooped. So I get up super early. It's that or nothing.