Why I Like to Run in the AM

Gooood morning sunshines!

My morning today started out with an early run in the dark.

It's Darrrrrk

Last night I set my alarm for 5:30 am, laid out my running clothes, and went to sleep with a morning run on my mind (always easier to get up and do it if I’ve committed to it the night before).  These days it is still pitch-black at 5:30 am, but by the end of my run the sun was almost up and it was quite a bit lighter.

Almost Donezo

I completed about 4.5k in just under 30 minutes.  Not too shabby for first thing in the am!

Why am I doing this to myself?

Some of my friends and a few readers have been calling me crazy for waking up so early in the morning to run, and wondering how I’m able to do it.  I just want to take a moment explain my reasons for being a crazy fool.

Just like with running in general, early morning runs are becoming easier and easier.  I’m finding that the more often I get up that early, the less difficult it is to actually get up.  It is starting to become a habit, and my body is becoming used to it!

Even on days I don’t run in the mornings, I still try to wake up earlier than I used to, just to keep my body on the same page.  I am really liking this because it extends my day and I can actually get a lot of stuff done in the morning (like this blog post) that I would previously leave until my work day was over.  More chores done = more leisure time, and friends, I am alllll about the leisure time!

I am finding lately that I much prefer to run first thing instead of leaving it until later.  I cannot eat less than an hour before a run or I get superly crampy.  I run best on an empty stomach, and when I get up that early I’m not hungry yet.  I can just head right out the door!  I usually feel light and breezy, as opposed to the heavy and blarg feeling that I sometimes get when I run after dinner.

Also, for some reason in the morning I have more energy!  I feel tired and lethargic when I first get up, but after completing a five minute walking warm-up I am usually ready to just give ‘er!

Working out in the morning gives me more energy for the rest of the day as well.  I don’t mind being on the go, and I generally just feel good all day.  It gets my day started off on the right foot!

It’s also a lot cooler in the mornings, which always makes for better running conditions.  Running in the heat is no fun.

And it’s quiet!

No one is around that early.  The streets are empty.  This morning I saw one person waiting for a bus, and four bunny rabbits.  It is the best “me time” ever.  I jam out to my iPod, can sing along, bust into crazy dance moves, even take pictures of myself if I want…and no one is around to notice or care.

I guess that’s all I got!

What time of day do you like to run or workout?  Morning, afternoon, or evening?

Onto breakfast!

Blueberry Green Monster

I haven’t really been into breakfast foods too much lately, and the only breakfast I was feeling this morning was a cold smoothie!

My smoothie included:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries (you could use fresh als0)
  • 2 handfuls fresh baby spinach
  • 1.25 cups almond milk
  • 2 tbsp. vanilla Greek yogurt
  • pinch xanthan gum (optional, to thicken)

I loved this smoothie and slurped it down in minutes!  I was FULL afterwards, that’s a lot of liquid!  Also, spinach AND a run before 7am?  BAM.

Welp, it’s work time!  I have some exciting activities coming up today that I’m pumped about :).

Hope you all have a great day!

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22 responses to “Why I Like to Run in the AM

  1. I definitely prefer evening runs. It’s easier for me to work out when I’ve already got momentum going from being awake and alive all day, instead of going from a sound sleep to running my bum off.

  2. I prefer working out in the evening, but a couple times a week I’ll head out around 7:30 to go running. Something about working out in the evening is tranquil to me. And I almost always work out by myself because it’s awesome to be alone with your own thoughts.
    That smoothie looks delicious… I love blueberries!

  3. Hi Lindsey! Love your blog! I LOVE to wake up in the morning and run. I live in south Florida where it gets very hot very early so if it doesn’t happen early.. it aint happenin outside! But I also find it SO hard to get up before the sun and head out the door. Any tips on how you got started in your routine?

    • It was really hard for me when I first started to do it (it still is, who am I kidding). I find that I have to convince myself the night before that I’m waking up early to do it, and I lay out what I’m wearing the night before also. When my alarm goes off I make myself get up immediately and start going through the motions without really thinking about it. As soon as I start to dwell on it, I’ll convince myself not to go!

  4. I’m still having such a hard time getting into a morning workout routine. I’m with you though, I love getting that much accomplished so early in the day. it tends to make every day that much better!! I just need to get into the routine because I know once I do it for a few days it will become a habit!

  5. Your smoothie looks delicious! I would LOVE to be able to run in the mornings, but I need to be on my way to work by 6:45. My husband stays up late, and that would mean I’d need to get to bed EVEN earlier than I already do. Right now, it just doesn’t work in my sched. 4:45 call time is just no good!

  6. I always work out in the mornings even though my runs suffer a bit from this… I think I need to start re evaluating my goals and myself!
    Great smoothie lady, love that after a run like that!

  7. you’re such a champ! i haven’t done my early morning workouts in a long time because i have too much of a time crunch in the mornings for long runs. 🙁 boo.

    ANDDD chocolate blueb smoothies rock my world. love.

  8. Haha ah I love this! I just found your blog and it’s great. I always feel best if I workout in the morning too!

  9. I can hear how happy you are from your run! Nice! Inspiring that you start out when its dark too. Yay go you 🙂

  10. Morning workouts are my preference too. I love having my nights free, and I feel like I get my day started “right” with a run.

  11. I suppose if I convince myself to wake up that early, that’d be when I prefer to run 😉 As it’s gonna start getting colder here though, I prefer later in the afternoons when it’s warmer.

  12. you are the happiest morning-running I ever done seen! hehehe. great job, girl

  13. Hm…I wasn’t sold until you made the point that nobody sees you. I may lipsynch while I run, so perhaps morning runs should be my new bff. Especially with my 5k coming up and me being all rusty-legged.

  14. I LOVE running in the mornings too! If I don’t do it right when I get up, my workout goes right out the window. I also love the stillness of the morning and knowing that I can check one thing off my to-do list by 8am!

  15. I would love to love mornings, though I am getting much more used to them with a baby. Since the little guy has been around I am up at somewhere between 3-5am everyday. Though I now have a system where we go back to sleep so I guess it doesn’t count. But soon it may be our regular routine to get up at 5am. Unfortunately, I don’t think there will be any working out in there. Instead it will probably getting the little guy ready for the day. Sigh…
    Needless to say, I think working out will continue to be a night time thing, now happening after said little guy goes to bed. Here’s hoping I can get any workout in.