My body hasn't really adjusted to the time change. I've been getting tired earlier and getting up earlier and I'm totally cool with that. For a change, I have a desire to get up and exercise in the morning rather than hitting the snooze for half an hour.
We have a GREAT neighborhood for walking, jogging and bicycling and I much prefer to exercise outdoors so I thought I would start walking/jogging in the morning before getting the kids up for school. I set 2 alarms as it is...one for 5am and one for 5:30. If I need a shower, I get up at 5. If I don't, I turn that alarm off and get up at 5:30. So, I decided, I'd get up at 5:00 and go for a walk/jog. The only problem is, it's roughly 40 degrees out and dark because the sun hasn't come up yet. We have streetlights and several neighbors leave porch lights on so there is some light, but still.....everyone knows the boogey man and his friends hide in the dark. haha
I shopped for a treadmill this weekend, thinking I'd stay home and exercise for half an hour but I am a cheapskate and couldn't bring myself to pay $600+ for models I saw when I only plan to use it occasionally --- I'll exerise outdoors when given a chance.
So, instead, I spent around $100 for warmer exercise clothes that are light in color and/or have a reflective strip. This morning, as hubby and kids lay sleeping, I woke before my alarm. When it went off, I dressed, grabbed a flashlight, locked the door behind me and went for a jog. I am normally a walker, not a jogger, but the dark morning combined with the brisk air was motivation to move a little faster. At 6:20, when I left for work, the truck registered a temp of 41 degrees so not sure what it was at 5am but it wasn't any warmer than that, that's for sure.
Our cross street has several cul-de-sacs so I jogged up each of them and was never more than 1/2 a mile from my house. For a split second, I was literally scared by my own shadow. I was passing a parked vehicle and saw something running in front of it out of the corner of my eye. I jumped back, realized it was only my shadow, then laughed and continued on.
By the time I returned home, rougly 20 minutes later, the sun was just starting to come up and the birds were chirping. I had covered 1.5 miles and felt great! Other than startling myself, it was actually quite peaceful. The sky was clear so the stars were bright. I am thrilled wth my decision to invest in clothes instead of a treadmill. Living in southern CA, it's fairly rare when the weather is too harsh to be outdoors.
Since I enjoyed it so much, I'm likely to make it a habit. Walking, in general, is already a habit. The new part is 1) going solo and 2) going so early. For me, going solo is the bigger challenge and I conquered that today.