Cornell Sunrise

Running in the middle of the road // 30 Day Blogging Challenge #1

Yesterday, I was texting my mom “I want to do more for YouMakeYou® but I don’t know what to do”, and then I laughed (literally) as I realized I just wrote an entire post about not taking your own advice.  If I wanted to do more for YouMakeYou®, I should just do it.  I flipped my ‘but’ and said “I don’t know what to do, but I want to do more for YouMakeYou®” then I spent the next few minutes thinking about what I could do.  I truly do love to write (computer science engineering major, lol hi what) so I decided to take on a 30 day blogging challenge! AKA I will be writing a blog post everyday for the next 30 days.


On Wednesday’s, I have to be in lab by 8am (+ time before to get my shit together to stop sweating after making the 15 minute hike over).

No joke.  So, I wake up around 5:30am to get my run in, PEEP marathon in 32 days.  I could do my run in the evening but I honestly love running before the sun comes up.  Sure, I wouldn’t do it every day, but once or twice a week… I look forward to it.  Here is why:

  1. There is hardly ever anyone on the road, aka I can run right smack dab in the middle of the street and feel like a bad a$$.
  2. There is no breeze like a pre-day breeze.  Is that a word? Is that weird? It is so clean, so fresh, so crisp.
  3. I get to be alone with my thoughts.  I love my ‘me time’, more accurately, I need my me time, as much as I love my friends and family, I could go days chillin’ by myself and be perfectly fine.  During the year I took off from school to heal myself, I was alone 99% of the time, I actually lived alone for a portion of it.  I went from that extreme, to now living in a house with over 40 girls, the other extreme– ‘me time’ is now less than rare, so on days like today where I am up before the other 20,000 people on campus, I am completely an utterly alone and I love it– running through the scarce streets of a campus so often dotted endlessly with people is refreshing and empowering.  Leading to number 4..
  4. I run without headphones so I am deserted from not only people but technology, and left solely with my thoughts.
  5. And, I can’t forget the stunning, clean, views of the sun rising.
  6. Cornell Sunrise

This is why I wake up before the sun.  I get to run up along side it.   It makes me feel strong, it grounds me and brings me back to who I am.  It tears me away from the flow of the world and people around me that is so easy to get caught up in.  It allows me to re-align with my soul.

I want to know:

What is your favorite time to run/workout? Leave a comment below!

I will see you tomorrow and remember YOU MAKE YOU!



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A few months ago, I went from evening workouts/runs (convenience- I did it after my babies went to bed, then showered, and went to bed)—to EARLY morning workouts. I’m up by 4:15- workout, shower, get ready for the day, sometimes get my coffee and breakfast before they wake. TOTAL.GAME.CHANGER. I love it. I look forward to it. It’s MY time. Maybe I’m crazy, but I’m loving every minute of it!

Yes! I was talking to someone about this today too– sure getting up early isn’t ‘ideal’ but when you get so much done you feel so energized throughout the day and then when the day is over you can sit down and relax and not have to worry about making time for the gym etc! I love it too!! Now I feel so mopey and like I am missing something when I don’t workout before classes LOL.

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