Most of the time, I am a middle school science teacher. I say most of the time because once summer hits I usually pick up another job. I have done a little bit of everything. Of course, I have done some tutoring. But also worked at a bookstore, drove for Uber, worked in the Coors factory,washed cars and worked in a lab. I have also tried a few things online. I really wanted an online writing gig to work but I just couldn’t get fast enough at churning out articles to make it worth while. I used Upwork.com to get jobs but I could only really write about the things I know quickly enough to make it worth my time.
But the job I like the most (but has also had the greatest effect on my running!) has been cleaning houses. It’s a straight forward kinda job where you throw in your headphones, break a sweat and earn some pretty good money. I clean houses in Castle Rock (south of Denver) mostly because the money is better. While there are plenty of affluent people in Denver that make more than triple my little ole teacher salary, Castle Rock happens to be overflowing with them. If you happen to be one of these people and want to help a proud public servant, head over to Castle Rock Superior Maid Service and tell em’ Court sent ya! = D
But what I don’t love about cleaning houses is how tired I am at the end of the day. As many of you know, I tend to run in the early evening after classes. Sometimes I even hit the road right after class and opt to take my grading or other work home with me. But after a long day of cleaning, throwing on my running shoes seems nearly impossible. And when I do manage to go for a run I find that I am so tired (or at least I believe that I am) that I end up being disappointed with my performance in the first place. Which is not a motivating experience! The solution, unfortunately, is to run in the mornings.
I am not a morning person.
I have to get up at 5:30am to get enough road time before the drive to Castle Rock to start cleaning at 8:30. That’s early. Here’s what I have learned about early morning running:
- PRO: It’s quiet. There is a lot of hustle and bustle in the early evening and a lot of other runners. When I hit the road at 5:45 it’s eerily quiet. Especially if you pull this off on a Saturday morning.
- CON: It’s too quiet! The media does not show a lot of kindness for lone female runners and I do sometimes feel a little nervous out there with no one around. Especially when the sun isn’t quite up.
- PRO: There is nothing like accomplishing your goals early! Henry Ward Beecher said, “The first hour of the morning is the rudder of the day” and I do find that if I start my day out with a productive activity, it makes the whole day better.
Overall I do like it. I’m not sure I like it enough to make morning running my standard but I will probably give it a shot.