90% of my training runs have been morning runs. When I started running for weight loss I was doing most of it after work because the idea of getting up at 5:30 to run seemed crazy to me. After deciding to sign up for a half marathon I realized that the running required to meet my goal was going to require more time than I was willing to give away from my family. Unless, I did it while they slept, so morning runs became my thing.
4 days a week I got up bright and early to go out and hit the road. During the summer when getting kids ready for school wasn’t an issue I could sleep until 6:00 or so. I managed to find some friends that joined in and we had a good time. When school got back into swing the start time got earlier and the runs got to be more of a quiet time to reflect and focus myself. Each night going to bed I would grumble and complain about how early I had to set my alarm, but not one time did I hit snooze or cancel completely. I had a goal and I planned to achieve it.
Convincing myself in the evenings to set the alarm may have been difficult, but the benefits I felt from doing those runs made it easy to stick to the plan. In the video below it says something like you can’t reach a goal you don’t set. I think we all need to slow down and take some time to set some goals. If you want to be a 30 minute 5K runner make that decision and create a plan. If you want to be a 2 hour half marathon runner create that plan. If you want to feel better about yourself, have more energy and get healthier get up at 5:30 in the morning and go for a walk or run.
There aren’t a lot of guarantees in life, but one that I can assure you is that moving your body early in the day is going to have more positive affects on you than negative affects. This video list 5, I bet we can come up with a lot more.