“My feeling is that any day I am too busy to run is a day that I am too busy.” – John Bryant
It’s 5:30am and raining.
My sneakers are soaked.
A car swerves directly at me.
The driver recovers to miss me by 3 feet.
I see them wave “Sorry!” into the rear view mirror as they speed away.
Their phone still in their hand.
Every step of this RUN makes a statement.
My mood ELEVATES.
The MIND clears.
It’s the EARLY MORNING.
My favorite part of the day.
It’s the time when the new day decides what direction it will take.
This week my early morning routine faced a CHALLENGE.
I was 3 time zones away from home for a work meeting.
Anyone who travels for work knows it can be a grind.
2:30am wake up calls to catch 5am flights to the west coast are really fun.
Once you get to your meeting, every second is TAKEN.
There is ZERO free time.
Any time between 7:30am to 9:00pm is scheduled.
Without a PLAN, you will have a very AVERAGE week:
- You will eat junk food like a 3rd grader.
- You will drink more coffee than a CPA during tax season.
- You will end each dinner with a desert the size of your ipad.
Weeks like this used to kick my ass.
There’s a huge ADVANTAGE that east coasters have when they travel out west – they are WIDE AWAKE at 4am on the first day.
The TIME CHANGE can be your worst enemy or your best friend.
I’ve learned staying on east coast time the entire trip puts you back in control of your day.
That’s why I wake up at 4am each day of the trip.
This allows me to control the only part of the day I can – the EARLY MORNING.
Early morning exercise energizes your BODY and MIND.
This ENERGY stays with you the entire day.
Double that for when you RUN past scenic mountains, signs that say you may be mauled by mountain lions and rain slicked freeways with distracted drivers.
MIND, BODY, SPIRIT
After a 4 mile run, my thoughts are overwhelmingly POSITIVE.
Fresh ideas start to flow.
The current challenges that seemed so SCARY the night before, now seem doable.
Your body is ENERGIZED.
Your mind is CLEAR.
The day becomes EXCITING.
I write down anything that strikes me as interesting.
Some ideas are just random thoughts that go nowhere.
Some are personal REVELATIONS that I bring out into the day.
When your mind and body are ENERGIZED, you become OPTIMISTIC.
This early morning routine converts your ATTITUDE from seeing problems to finding SOLUTIONS.
Positive VIBES flow into your day.
The early morning is the time to ESCAPE AVERAGE and RUN towards REMARKABLE .
– Joe Ciccarone
This post was originally published March 2014 on Life Unbalanced.