Here are the three reasons why I start my day early. My first reason is backed up by a ton of articles about what super successful people do.

  1. They wake up early. The coolest thing that I learned from the morning exercise routine was I had created a new equilibrium point every single day. I was no longer at the whim of a random feeling on how my day was going to be. Exercise allowed me to always be full of energy, alert, and attack the day with more clarity. If you’re an entrepreneur, I think you’re going to find that to be a better thing to do than work late at night all the time.
  2. Train at the same time as when you run your marathon. A few weeks ago I ran my first marathon and one thing I did differently was wake up early and exercise. In the past, I trained at night for my half marathons and I was always groggy when it came time to run really early in the morning for the Seattle Half Marathon and Seattle Rock and Roll Half Marathon. The results were obviously different when I trained in the AM for the Leavenworth Oktoberfest Marathon where I’ve been waking up at 5:15am every day.
  3. Two people that I greatly admire are Annie Duncan and Katie Walvatne. Both of them have amazing positive personalities, get crazy amounts of important work done, are a complete joy to be around, they have grit and resilience, and they both exercise and wake up super early. Oh and both have run marathons!

I’ve never read an article that talks about how awesome someone is for pushing the snooze button and waking up late. I’ve also never met anyone that was super successful who was always sleeping in and coming into work late. Once you’ve made the shift of waking up early, you’re going to recognize all of the positive ripple impacts it’s going to make on your life and company!

4 replies
  1. Katie Walvatne
    Katie Walvatne says:

    What awesome insight. This post really shows how you can change your attitude and life just by waking up a little earlier and getting in exercise. You are an inspiration to me as well and I can’t wait to see what else you can start training for!

    • Peter Chee
      Peter Chee says:

      Thanks Katie! You definitely can notice when I miss my exercise days. There are couple of times while training for the marathon where I actually didn’t like it too much — after the crazy long runs and needing time to recover and taking a day off as well as the last week when we started to taper off. Kind of threw off the rhythm! I think it’s also pretty awesome when you’re logging and tracking all your exercise workouts. Seeing those come through on MapMyRun really gets me motivated!

  2. Shawn Johnson
    Shawn Johnson says:

    This article hits the nail on the head. I only recently began an early-rise lifestyle that included running. My attitude and productivity skyrocketed. Due to recent scheduling issues, I’ve been getting up early, but not able to exercise first thing. I can definitely tell the difference, and it’s not for the better.


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