I’ve been a morning runner for most of the three years I’ve been running. What started as a necessity because of a busy schedule in the evenings while getting my MBA part time has become a routine that I crave. In my next post, I’ll give tips on making morning workouts a habit, but first, I have to convince you to give it a try. I realize that morning running doesn’t fit everyone’s lifestyle, but if you’ve ever even remotely considered the idea, read on.
First of all, right now is the perfect time to give this a go. Why? Because it’s hot as hell out there. It’s usually about 20 degrees cooler in the morning which makes a big difference in the summer.
Here are some other reasons I love being a morning runner.
It’s quiet. This has to be one of my favorite things about my morning run. The streets I run are busy in the evenings, but sleepy early in the morning, which makes the run so relaxing. I’ll see a few other runners and some early commuters, but generally, the road is mine. It’s so nice to start the day with some quiet time. I recently saw someone describe their morning run as the space between yesterday’s problems and today’s challenges, and I couldn’t agree more. I especially enjoy seeing the sunrise as I’m finishing my run.
It gets done. Pretty much the only thing that can get in the way of it not happening is if you don’t get out of bed. In the evening, too much can get in the way. I find I have a much higher probability of getting my workout in if I do it in the morning.Why you should become a morning runner #runchat Click To Tweet
You start your day with an accomplishment. Having a run checked off before you make it into the office is a great way to boost yourself up going into the day. It’s a fantastic feeling, and one that generally puts me in a good mood.
It helps you make healthier choices throughout the day. Studies have shown that when you start your day with a healthy choice, you’re more likely to make healthy choices the rest of your day.
It gets your body functions on a routine. I don’t have too many issues on race mornings because my body is used to being up, and doing what it needs to do, and doing it early.
It wakes you up. On the mornings when I run, I don’t even need coffee (but I still treat myself to a cup mid morning because I love it). I am way more awake than if I don’t work out. The only exception to this is speedwork….that tends to take it out of me.
Family & social time. One of the reasons I’ve continued with my morning runs even after finishing school is that it frees up my evenings for spending time with Brian. I enjoy having dinner together and frankly, just relaxing. We don’t get that many hours together a day and I’d hate to spend them running by myself (he’s not a runner). Even if you’re single, having your evenings free is great…it allows you to do happy hours, dinners, etc. Or hell….just relaxing on your couch!
So, have I convinced you to give morning running a go? Or, are you a morning runner already? Any reasons you would add to this list?