There is a school of thought that believes late nights should transfer into late mornings. Sleeping in, not catching the worm, and brunch instead of breakfast. However, I come from a different school. It is my sincere belief that the best way to shake off a late (and possibly long) night is by jumping out of bed at the ripe hour of just before seven like someone wound up the propeller on your back and you really had no say in the matter. Shake that tiredness right out of your bones, put on an upbeat song (like Katy Perry’s Hot ‘N Cold) to dance to while you shimmy into your swimsuit and then propel yourself right out the door and to your favorite swimming pool. Or hole. Any body of water in which you can safely paddle around is fine.
Proceed to swim your usual length. If you’re a half miler, do half a mile, if you’re a miler, do a mile. If you’re a fifty five minuter, do fifty five minutes. This may feel like the longest swim of your life. Rejoice in that feeling. Let it warm your limbs and remind you why you swim in the first place. If you’re feeling a bit spinny before you swim, fear not. That loopy feeling of tiredness will leave you when you hit your stride. And if it doesn’t, you can always get out of the water. But at least try.
Once finished with your swim, a recharged feeling will probably be upon you. Your tiredness and other general malaise will be a recent memory. At my school of thought, now is the time to shower and call your friends to gather them for a hearty breakfast. Likely, your friends were out late with you and did not possess your gumption and determination to hit the pool, and thus will be irritated that you have roused them from slumber and will hang up on you before you can invite them for a morning meal. There’s a silver lining here — you can drink as much coffee as you want, and no one is going to judge you.
There are mornings in which the swim does not cure my ailments. At that point, I either attempt to run or walk. Or, on very unfortunate mornings, even I go back to bed for a few hours. But it is possible for your body to overcome feeling purely awful by getting it moving, or at least attempting to get it moving.