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?

17 comments:

  1. I did majority of my running in the evening when I trained for my last distance race. It got too hard with my family missing me and having to rush all the evening chores to get out the door. Now my daughter gets pouty if I try to get out even for a short run. I understand completely about it being tough to get runs done in the evening, and so I would very much like to start running in the morning, but I have yet to be able to get my butt up early enough to do it. I've not had a consistent week for the last month because I can't get up early, and I can't get out the door in the evening without feeling guilty. *sigh*

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  2. I run very, very early. I have to be back in the door by 5:30am so the time I go out depends on the distance I need to get in before that time!

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  3. I'm transitioning to being a morning runner again. It's tough to get up, but the rewards are definitely worth it.

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  4. i'm curious...do you eat in morning before run and if you do, what time do you wake up? i can't run during weekday mornings because i gotta eat something and let it digest first...this all takes up too much time. So, during the week, I run post-work. Weekends, I run in the morning, almost exclusively.
    Thanks for sharing

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  5. I get up at 5:00 and run before work or I run home from work. It is what works best for me.

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  6. LAUREN MIERTSCHINMay 8, 2011, 11:53:00 PM

    I find it extremely difficult to run in the afternoon or evening. I'm just too dang tired. So, I hear ya!

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  7. When I ran, I was definitely a morning runner. I love being out early, and if I'm not out early, I'm surely not going to run in the evening. Unfortunately, my work schedule is from 6pm-2am now. I haven't run seriously in over ten months and I'm the heaviest I've ever been in my life. God, I miss running. Get up early, get out before dawn and enjoy it. I can't wait to start up again.

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  8. Ima morning runner too. If I don't get it done first thing, then it won't get done. I'm tired at the end of the day, I like to relax!

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  9.  I recently got into blogging and running.Even though I don't have as many distractions as you, I still have to run in the morning or else I make too many excuses for myself not to run. Great blog!

    http://sherunsthis.wordpress.com/

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  10. Blanda - sorry, it sounds like you feel my pain :) 

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  11. Wow Amy, I am impressed :)  You got me beat! 

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  12.  I hope your transition is going good towards morning running.

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  13. Afuntanilla - I don't eat in the morning before I run unless I am doing a long run.  As you said, it is just too time consuming.  I would never get out the door in time and I definitely would not get up an hour or more earlier! 

    As for the long runs on the weekend, I do usually eat something light, but then my pace is such that I can take off running immediately.

    Good luck with getting it all worked out, it is very individual.

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  14.  I like the 5:00 runs.  I would also love to run home from work, but it would be a long run.  I have thought about running to work during a marathon training schedule but have had trouble working it out yet.

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  15.  Sorry you haven't been able to run lately, I hope you can get back at it soon!

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  16. Thanks for the kind words on the blog!  I think excuses are a real problem for those that run in the evening or night.  I guess I have a problem with making them too or I would be a better night runner :) 

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  17. Michael D FranksJan 5, 2012, 12:10:00 PM

    Timely article...http://www.outsideonline.com/fitness/performance-insiders/Should-I-run-before-lunch-or-after-dinner.html

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