There was a time when I would sleep in as long as I could. Even now, I set my alarm as late as I possibly can, giving myself little to no room for error if I want to actually catch my bus. Some mornings, if I'm moving a little slower, I have to skip breakfast at home and grab something on the way or hope I have some fruit and yogurt stashed in the fridge at work.
So it's a bit crazy that as our summer heats up, I've started running in the morning again. This morning, I was up at 5am to run before I went to work. I drove to work so I had a bit of leeway and actually hit snooze before dragging myself out of bed. And I was painfully slow. Monday, I was at least 2 minutes per mile faster than I was this morning. But, I still went and did it. My legs felt like lead. I might as well have just walked it - my average pace was a relatively slow walk.
And I think that's really just all I can do as I start running again. Running until I'm tired, walking until I'm recovered then running again is ridiculously simple, but it also allows for mornings like this morning to happen without me feeling like I huge failure.
Don't get me wrong, I still feel like a failure. But I don't feel too overly bad because I still got out there and ran.