What is your morning routine?
I routinely wake up at 6:00am each morning. I set an alarm each night and then wake up on my own about two minutes before the alarm goes off. And yet, I still set the alarm for fear there will be that one day I don’t wake up on time. I’ve had this fear for years, and I still continue to set the alarm and wake up just before it goes off.
Once up, I take care of the dog (we just got a new miniature schnauzer, and Otto insists I go hang with him in the backyard for a few minutes while he goes to the bathroom… weird dog) and then get ready for the day.
My wife laughs at my “get ready routine” because it’s the exact same every morning in the exact same order. I shave, brush my teeth, floss, gargle (note that while gargling I clean my ears with Q-tips… I know… too much information), brush my teeth again (I’m a little OCD about my teeth), and then shower. Hey, you asked for the routine, so I’m telling it to you. This “get ready” order never varies.
How long have you stuck with this routine so far?
This routine has gone on for at least the past ten years. Maybe longer. Yes, I’m just that boring.
How has your morning routine changed over recent years?
When I’m training to run a marathon (I’ve completed seventeen so far, but lest you think I’m bragging… I haven’t won any medals for my finish times… some people walk faster than I run), I set the alarm for an earlier time depending on the length of the training run that morning.
On mornings when I’m doing a long run and need to get up at, say, 4:30am, I absolutely need the alarm to wake me up!