Usually I wake up long before my "absolute latest" get-up time in the morning, and that is when I get in my running. Last night I knew that I would be pushed this morning, between needing a solid night's sleep and having to leave the house at 7:10 to get the older 2 to school for worship team practice. I thought about putting today's run off until this evening, but that is so risky, depending on the homework load. So, I did what I have advised friends to do--I set my alarm for an earlier-than-usual time and made a promise to myself that I would get up regardless of how much I wanted to stay in bed, get in my 3 scheduled miles, and not cut myself any slack. Know what? I feel so much better for having done this!
When my children have a dentist appointment, I make them go even if they may not want to (okay, even though they very clearly and loudly do not want to!), because it is the RIGHT thing to do and will help them in the long run. Why should my commitment to fitness be any less deserving of this approach? Schedule it, do it, ENJOY IT!!!