Why I Am A Morning Runner

I have had the conversation many times with other runners about why I get up early in the morning to run.  While I have found quite a few other early morning runners over the years, by the time I back the time up to 5:00 am the group gets much smaller.  The 5 am time allows me to get my run in before work and really kicks the mornings off right.

If you read my post earlier this week you can see I have been struggling getting back to those early morning runs since coming back from injury.  when I have talked to other runners that run in the evening I have been pretty blunt - if I left running to the evening it just wouldn't happen.  Life gets in the way too often for me.

The argument has come many times that if I really wanted to run and I am as dedicated as I say I am, I would make it happen.  While in theory this is true, it just doesn't flesh out, and many times it is out of my control with the kids and other responsibilities.  I do enjoy an evening or night run occasionally, but on a regular basis it just doesn't work for me.

This week has been a great example.  Like I mentioned in my earlier post, I missed my run on Thursday morning because of a lack of sleep and the cold weather pushing me back in bed.  You will have to read that post to find the reason why I let this happen, but suffice it to say that sent my next few "running" days into the dumps.

Since I had not run Thursday morning I decided I would run Thursday night.  This is when the first inkling of trouble came into play.  I got stuck at work and didn't get home till late.  I still did get out the door, but it was late and I was really hungry.  This choice meant that I would not run on Friday morning since I am still cautiously building my mileage after an injury.  Life once again got in the way on Friday and Saturday, but this time even interfering with an evening run.

Today ended up being some of the same - life.  I won't go into details, but we didn't eat lunch till 6 pm.  Sure when we got home from the emergency we were taking care of I could have run, but with no food since breakfast I am not sure how well my body would have responded - plus I was starving!!

I am getting ready to head out now for a short run with my son.  I may drop him back by home and head out for a couple more miles when we are finished if my energy will allow me, but based on the fact that I am just now hydrating after all day I am not sure how that will go.

So, to revisit the same story I tell everyone I talk to, I am a morning runner.  Why is that?  Because if I don't run in the morning it won't happen.  As much as people want to say that I could do it if I really wanted to, I have to respectfully disagree.  I will be out there at 5 am tomorrow, because that is what I need and want to do.

When do you run?  Do you find some times better than others to keep your running consistent?