Let’s be honest, people who work out in the morning are obnoxious about it.
You might think that everyone who works out does it in the morning and that after 5pm everyone just hides on their couches or at happy hour but YOU WOULD BE WRONG. That’s right, not everyone is up before dawn running or doing whatever it is they tell you they’re doing, it’s just that the morning people like to casually mention that they were up before 6am this morning to get their workout in because not only do they need to shame you for not working out but they also need to add that you should probably feel like shit for sleeping til 7am on a weekday. And on long run days that are on a weekend? “Wow, you slept til 9? Well, isn’t SOMEONE a sleeping beauty!”
Recently, someone at work asked if it had indeed been me they saw out at 5:30am and I said, “yeah, that sounds like me. I’m usually out then during the week.” It can be difficult, sometimes, to explain to people that just because you don’t have to come in to work, that doesn’t mean you have any plans to sleep late. The morning exerciser can have a somewhat difficult time communicating with people when you insist that 8:00am really isn’t that early, you’re fine with getting in at that time.
But I harbor no illusions about my early morning activities. As someone who rows in the morning and runs in the evening (generally speaking) I will not lie to you and say that mornings are great and I love being out when other people are all snug in their beds. Each morning, I do not wake up and walk down the street marveling at the quiet and peace around me or the fact that I pass bakery trucks making deliveries on my way to the boathouse. I’m not thinking about how excited I am to be out while everyone else is sleeping, instead I’m thinking, “those people are so much smarter than I am.” I do not feel a moral superiority to those that choose to workout in the evenings (or, dare I say it, those that choose not to workout at all). No, honestly, I would go back to sleeping late in a heartbeat and this experience has proven to me that I will never be an early morning runner just like I don’t think I could be an evening rower. Each morning when my alarm goes off, I don’t just open my eyes, I roll them and think “god dammit.”
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: morning runners are all a part of some sick cult.
Morning or evening runner?