Magic Morning Runs

Sunrises: just one of the perks of early morning runs! Credit By: Sean MacEntee

When Jenn and I were training for that marathon (oh-so-long ago), we followed the same training schedule. The only difference was she’d wake up at the butt crack of dawn to get in her runs, and I’d wait until after work.

Every day I’d sit in my work cube and moan and groan, dreading the hard work ahead while Jenn would perky around me (yes, I turned that into a verb specifically for her. I dabble in magic as you’ll read later on), loving her complete and active day. I never could do what she did though. I need so much fuel (I told myself) to get through a morning run. I would carb up like a mother-trucker throughout the day and then run right after work. It was hard and took tons of motivation to walk toward the gym instead of the door to home sweet home, but I’d do it.

That all changed when I started to work from home full-time and no longer had a gym at my fingertips. All of my runs have been outside, which wasn’t a problem until the heat came along and plagued the gosh forsaken land with its cruelty. I’m not cool with running in the heat. Fainting isn’t really my bag, so I made the scary decision to step outside of my comfort zone and give morning runs a try. Guess what? I dig morning runs! Who knew?! Not I! There’s something pleasantly peaceful about being up before everyone else and hitting that path right as the sun comes up. The weather is perfect. I swear I want to cry every time I strike the trail. By the time I get home, the endorphins have changed me into being a bona fide morning person. There’s just something magical about it all. 

What about you? Are you a stubborn afternoon/evening workout person like I was? Try a morning run (with these early morning workout tips, of course)! Afterwards, come back here and tell me how it was! —Tish

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  1. Lorraine says:

    Morning runs are my favorite. Temp is cooler and no traffic. I wear something with reflective areas and a little red lite on my belt.

  2. Kelli says:

    My friends and I just recently started a couch to 5k program and are meeting at 6:30 three times a week. It’s hard to get up that early but it’s awesome to have my workout done before I’ve even taken the kids to school!

  3. Shelly says:

    I am actually taking baby steps into becoming a morning person. I always workout in the evenings but I know that as I get older and maybe start a family, evenings will be really tied up; I’m trying to make the change early! Summer mornings are definitely easier for me than winter mornings!!

  4. Christy Gooding says:

    I love morning workouts. Get up, get it done, and anything else you do that day is sugar on top!

  5. Wendy in Kennewick says:

    I start every workday at 5:15 at the gym. Not crowded and I feel I’ve accomplished something that day! I’m on week 6 of the C25K program. I do 2 of the days on the treadmill and Sat morning outside on the path along the river. Perfect way to start a Sat day, followed by a trip to my fav little coffee shop and farmer’s market.