Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Morning Running

I want so badly to be that person who gets up and crosses her run off her to do list first thing in the morning. Despite wanting that satisfaction, it's not something I've ever really pursued.

Due to having a somewhat busy week, I decided to give it a shot. I got up this morning at 5:45 and met up with my pal Matt for a 5ish mile run around the neighborhood.

It was a struggle to get out of bed when it was dark and SO early, but I managed and was feeling fine on the run. I had plenty of time to grab a shower and head to the office after.

Unfortunately, I ended up feeling tired all day. Not to mention I was starving all day long. By 4pm, I was yawning like crazy and couldn't wait to get home and relax on the couch.

Maybe it's that I'd need to make it a habit before it doesn't affect me in such a way? I'm used to getting myself out of bed to do long runs early in the morning, but I typically come home and take a nap after them before moving on to other activities.

I'll probably try it out again, but so far? I'm not convinced it's for me. It would help me free up some time in the evenings, but is it worth it if I'm too tired to do much of anything by the time the evening rolls around?

We shall see.


Love to Run said...

I have to agree with you, morning runs are tough to do and get out of bed for (especially before work). That is, unless it is a long run. Those always seem easier to get up for.

Hannah said...

It definitely takes a few weeks to get used to running that early but once you get on a schedule it gets easier. Unfortunately, it kills your social life, since it’s usually early to bed, too. I never considered myself a morning runner but now actually prefer it to evening runs. Some tricks I use: Put your alarm someplace where you have to get out of bed to shut it off. Flip on a light immediately so it’s not dark in your room. If you’re a coffee drinker, get everything set up the night before so you can just press start in the morning. It also helps to lay out all your gear the night before so you don’t have to go searching around for socks or something. Essentially remove any excuse you would have to climb back in bed. Meeting a friend is always a great deterrent!

Nicole said...

If i could drag myself out of bed in the morning i would LOVE morning runs!! i feel so refreshed and rejuvenated after a run that i actually fare better from early morning runs!! :)

keep trying, maybe your body needs to adjust or it was a random tired day!

LPT said...

It takes awhile to get used to, but I LOVE morning runs. You get your running goals out of the way ASAP, and then you have all evening to do whatever you want!

Scarlett Elliewood said...

I'm trying to do morning runs during the week too! Today I actually got up and was dressed by 6, but we it was raining cats and dogs! Grrr