Thankful Things Thursday: I’m A Morning Person

I’ve never been a night owl. However, I’ve also never had a problem waking up at 5 am. Today, I am thankful for all that I am able to accomplish between the hours of 5:30 and 11 am.

On that note, let Thankful Things Thursday commence! Here’s what I’m pumped about today…

I’m thankful I found a new way to get myself out of bed in the morning. Yes, although I’m a morning person, I do enjoy some snuggle time when I wake up. But busy mornings don’t always allow time for that. So to resist temptation to hit snooze, last night I put my phone on my desk overnight. That way, when it started screaming at 5:30 am, I had to physically get out of bed to shut it off.

I’m thankful I had a great run this morning. Lately my weekday runs have been shortened to 3–4 miles because I simply haven’t had the time to run longer or the effort to make it all the way to Central Park. Today I planned accordingly and made it to the park for 6.25ish miles. I felt good the whole time and took it easy when I encountered the few icy patches on the side paths. The running road was totally clear though, and it was a beautiful morning.

I’m thankful I live in a city where the sunrise is so epic. I never get tired of seeing the day begin. Here’s what the sunrise looked like this morning during my run:

Looking East from Tavern on the Green
Near the Southeast corner of the running road, close to The Mall
The North entrance to The Mall

Stunning, right? I love the idea of starting my day at the same time the day is starting itself. Does that make sense?

I’m thankful that I get some alone time in the morning. Don’t get me wrong — living with ABS is a dream and I love being home together. But he leaves for work while I’m out running, so when I return from my run I have the whole place to myself. I check emails, catch up on Facebook and Twitter, listen to the “Today” show in the background and clip my toenails (sexy) at my leisure. It’s nice to have that time to regroup, set my intention for the day and try on 16 outfits without someone mocking me. Hehe.

In non-morning related happiness, I’m thankful I got to spend this past weekend in Vermont with my very best girlfriends. I’m still riding on a high from the awesome trip. There was no girl drama, there was homemade mac and cheese, there were homemade meatballs (and plenty of accompanying “ball” related jokes, because we’re all 25 going on 12) and there was endless laughter. I’m lucky to have amazing friends. I may not see them all as often as I’d like, but when we do get together, it’s unbeatable.

Tubing at Mount Snow
We're cute

In case you missed them, here are my recaps from our trip to Vermont:

YOUR TURN: What are you thankful for today?



0 Responses

  1. Today I was thankful for G-Chat, hot chocolate at work, my boss not being in (ahhhh, so relaxing), being super productive this morning, leaving early to go to the gym, and now cuddling with my dogs. Woo for Thursdays!

  2. I am thankful that lil b stopped throwing up.
    I am thankful that work let me switch my day off since i roayally screwed up my schedule this semester.
    I am thankful that I didn’t have to get the kids ready for school this morning.
    I am thankful that no one has made fun of my non washed hair this morning…hey…I had to be at work at 6:30am UGH

  3. I am thankful for finally having a clean apartment, even though it might not last very long. And I am very much a morning person, I crash early and hard.

  4. I am answering your Twitter question, not your blog question. Oh lord. I am definitely *not* a morning person, although I’m working really, really hard on it. Being sick this week and not going to the gym after work has shown me how nice it is to have time after work to just chill, rather than getting home late because I’m at the gym.

  5. I’m thankful for my husband making dinner last night and I got to have leftovers for lunch today! Love all the running pics! On my weekday morning runs I just have boring neighborhoods to run in 🙁

  6. Today is Chinese New Year, so as cheesy as it sounds, I am thankful for everything. Family, friends and life in general. Happy New Year!

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I’m the creator of the Ali on the Run blog and the host of the Ali on the Run Show podcast. I’m also a freelance writer and editor, a race announcer, a runner and marathoner, a mom, and a huge fan of Peanut M&Ms, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (way better than the first one!), and reliving my glory days as a competition dancer in the early 2000s. I’m really happy you’re here.
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