Friday, January 27, 2017

5 Reasons YOU Should Be a Morning Runner

Not too long ago,
 the words early morning
were not part of my vocabulary. 

But, then I found a love for running and I've never looked back!  





Does this look familiar?  

Do you cower and shrug at the thought of an early morning run? 

Do you have to pry yourself out of bed in the morning?




Look no further because here are 5 reasons YOU should be a morning runner!  


START YOUR DAY OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT (LITERALLY )

There is no better feeling than the adrenaline rush of a good run; especially to start your day!  After I run,  I feel like I can conquer just about anything the day throws at me;  that morning milk and cereal spilled by one of my kids.  My demanding schedule at work.   The list goes on.   Put one foot in front of the other.  The first mile is always the hardest.

ELEVATED ALERTNESS

We've all been there.  The alarm clock has been ringing for what seems like  an hour.  You may or may not have hit snooze 3 separate times.  The drag of your feet to the bathroom.  Your eyes barely open as you hit the shower.   Alas!  All of that goes away when you run!  I will not lie.  It took me a while to get used to my 4:45 am alarm.  But... trust me when I say you DO get used to the wake up call and it DOES get easier!   I feel alive and alert after my runs and you can too! 

BOOSTED METABOLSIM

Need I say more?   There IS science that supports the fact that morning exercise burns MORE calories throughout the day.  No, that doesn't mean you can eat that extra piece of bacon necessarily.   Or, maybe you've been eyeing that whole apple pie?!?  What it does mean is that morning exercise burns more calories than exercise done at other times of the day!  So, jump out of bed.  Lace up those sneakers and attack that run! 

PEACE, QUIET & TRANQUILITY

If you're anything like me, your brain is always working.  There isn't a time in my day that I can just focus on me except in the mornings.  My morning run is for me and only me.  No dishes to clean.  No noses to wipe clean.  No demands from my children.  No laundry.  No cleaning.  

Just. Me.  

Peaceful.  Quiet.  Tranquil.  

Stress relief only a run can give you. 

SUNRISES

I caught this sunrise one morning in July.  It was so breathtaking I stopped mid-run to just enjoy.  




It sounds cliche to say it but sometimes you just have to stop and smell the roses!  I have discovered so much beauty on my runs.  For me, the sunrise takes the cake.  I often think about the people who miss the sunrise and all of the wonder they bring.  

Set that alarm.  Lace up your shoes.  I dare you to tell me you didn't enjoy it.  

Do you think you could become a morning runner?  How early is TOO early?

I'm linking up again with  Fairytales and Fitness and Running on Happy for Friday V 2.0. 



22 comments:

  1. We have a number of people in our running group that do the 5:30 am runs all year long. I just would be dead if I got up that early everyday. I do envy the sunrises though and dedication it takes to get up every morning

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    1. I'm usually comatose at about 9:30, so I feel ya! :)

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  2. I am only a morning runner in the summer time because if I don't run then, it's way too hot to do it later. Other than that I would much rather wait until the afternoon to run.

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    1. In MN the summer is fantastic - other than right in the middle of the day, i can run pretty much anytime! I love the early morning though because it gets light so early here.

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  3. I always feel so awesome when I get in a morning run, but sometimes it's so hard to drag myself out of bed!

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    1. I agree! There may be some swearing every now and again! ;)

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  4. I love early morning runs in the summer or any of my "long run" days. Otherwise, nope! However, working out first thing in the morning makes your day that much better

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  5. I love early morning runs, but I struggle with getting up in the morning! I always end up turning off my alarm and running at night.

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    1. I have three other women that keep me accountable. if I miss too many days they sure let me know!

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  6. morning running is the best! makes me feel great all day!... although laying in bed is great too... on rest days ;)

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    1. At this time, 6 is late for me. I have a 5 and 7 year old and they don't know the meaning of "sleep - in " . Those stinkers. :)

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  7. I want to want to be a morning runner, but, man, mornings and I don't always get along.

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    1. And, I konk at night, so I'm definitely not a night owl!

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  8. I did LOTS of early morning runs back in the fall (training for my Nov. marathon). I, too, was amazed how easy they actually were...I just continued my routine from summer until race day. Now? Well...I'm eager to get back in that routine, in a few more weeks ;-)

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    1. Yup - Grandmas training is only a week away. EEK!!

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  9. I love running in the morning. <3 Great post.

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  10. I just started do sprints in the mornings and you are completely right. It makes a huge improvement on the rest of that day.

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  11. I'm up until midnight almost every night and have to get up at 6:30 to start our day, so no way I could add something earlier. I barely survive as it is...

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  12. Morning runs are great, they make me feel alive, energized and ready for the day!

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  13. I am a morning runner and I LOVE it! Wouldn't change a thing!

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