The rhythm of life is a powerful beat

Amiel, the Swiss philosopher, wrote in his journal that “the morning air breathes a new and laughing energy into the veins and marrow. Every dawn is a new contract with existence.” The dawn, Amiel said, is a time for projects, for resolution, for the birth of action.

Early to bed, early to rise, is good advice whether you arrive home tired out or not. It is, for one thing, the classic physiology. It is the first choice of our body, the natural way to live. Were we to follow our body rhythms, those circadian cycles, it would e the normal way to spend our alloted, unchanging 24 hours. The gradual buildup in our physiological function and then the gradual decline, the flooding and ebbing of the tides in our body, are matched by our physical and mental activity. The closer we get to following the rhythms of the earth, the closer we get to our own internal rhythms.

Early rising puts us in harmony with those rhythms. It is truly a great beginning. Early rising followed by an early morning workout is an even better one.

George Sheehan in “How To Feel Great 24 Hours A Day”

Last week I shared my ideas for a new daily schedule that I wrote down on a rock.

rock to tie a piece of string around

  • 5:30: MP (an abbreviation for Morning Prayer, using the Liturgy of the Hours)
  • 6:30: Run (Exercise of some kind, if gym for a couple of days, that also will be good)
  • 7:30: Sheehan (read George Sheehan or one of the other aforementioned authors: John Bingham, Jeff Galloway, what I consider the Trinity of Running Writers.
  • 8:30 Blog

On the back I wrote only two times:

  • 4:30 EP (an abbreviation for Evening Prayer)
  • 9:30-10:30: Bed (which would leave me 7-8 hours of sleep)

So I thought that for this week’s Feetfirst Friday, I’d give an update on how I’m doing so far this first week.

First things first, I’ve decided to use the schedule Monday through Friday and not every day. However, that said I still want to be up by at least 8 a.m., if not earlier on Saturday and Sunday. Naturally, the schedule of events will be adjusted also.

This morning while out on my run/walk/hike/crawl up Mount Tom, I realized that — speaking of rhythms — I have to go with my own weekly rhythm. What is my own weekly rhythm? On Mondays, I’m all raring to go, but after three straight days of going Monday through Wednesday, by Thursday, I feel burnt out. This past week just showed that to me as I started out well with my exercise each day, but by Thursday, I was beginning to flag.

So with that in mind, and keeping with my own weekly rhythm, I’m going to take Thursdays off from strenous exercise as well as Sundays, which I already do. Does that mean I won’t do anything on Thursdays or on Sundays? No, I might still go for a walk or a short hike, but not an all-out run.

So after some minor tweaking, the schedule for now– at least until the snow is too deep to climb– Mount Tom is:

  • Monday: Run — around town
  • Tuesday: Mt. Tom
  • Wednesday: Run — preferably Sand Run Falls Trail
  • Thursday: Off
  • Friday: Mt. Tom
  • Saturday: Longer run — starting with 6-8 miles and going up from there
  • Sunday: Off

Next week, I’ll give another update on how the new more realistic schedule is working.

For now, I’ll leave you with this about The Rhythm of Life, well, sort of.

One response to “The rhythm of life is a powerful beat

  1. Good luck with the schedule this week! I started getting up early some time ago. I run from 5 – 6 a.m. and then do p90x from 6 – 7 a.m. Some days it’s a tough sell to get me out of bed but I’m always glad I did it!