Thursday, January 19, 2012

Running in the Morning

Let's preface this by saying - I love sleep and I love to run, always have.  Both keep me sane and nice.  And they both attempt to keep me less stressed.

I never dreamed that I'd ever ever ever run at 6am.  I like sleep wayyyy too much.  But yall, I'm totally loving this 6am running stuff!  We've done it for about 5 months now and I can't even go back to the usual after work stuff.  Here are my top five reasons:

1.  You are productive before most people wake up.

2.  You get to see the sunrise and it's gorgeous against the uptown buildings.

3.  You burn off what you need to be burning off, not what you ate all day. 

4.  You're done with your exercise by 7:30am!  And have your whole day ahead of you!  And your metabolism is high!

5.  You can come home, cook dinner and eat at a normal time, not 8 or 9pm.  And you can spend time with your friends or sig other.  ....instead of wasting an hour or two of your evening by going to the gym.

Warning - you must go with a friend because you aren't allowed to run in the dark outside by yourself!  I cannot believe the number of girls we see by themselves in the dark.  Are you crazy?!!!

Yes, Mom and Dad, we are aware of our surroundings and Tara brings mace.  And we sprint when we see sketchballs.  And we always have a place of business in mind to run into if they chase us! :)

I encourage yall to get up on it and exercise however works for you.  We don't always have great runs or workouts but as my Dad says, "at least you got out there."  It's better than nothing and it'll keep you healthy and make ya live longer!  Fit it in your schedule....I get that people are busy, I'm busy.  But fit it in.  It's important.


  1. It is posts like this that make me want to do it! I've NEVER been able to run in the AM during the week. Even when I trained for my 1/2 I only ran in the mornings on Saturdays. I just need to do it!

  2. Amen, preach it sister!! I once saw a poster that said "Someone busier than you is running right now." Gotta make time for it!! Unfortunately, I have to be at work by 7 so AM running isn't an option for me! Maybe one day, but for now I'm stuck with my night workouts.

  3. I really want to start running in the morning, I'm sure it'd be amazing.

  4. I need to take some pointers from you and get my butt up early! xx

  5. I am usually out the door by 5:15 or 5:30 to get my runs in. I do run sometimes by myself just because I have to get it in and my running buddies often have different schedules!! I can be scary at times, especially when I spot sketchballs or wild animals! Getting it done early is sooo much better!! I love having my nights to relax!!!

  6. I completely agree with you! When I am able to drag my butt out of bed, I feel better all day and night. And there is nothing like spending your time however you like after work. Now if only I could be more disciplined and do it as regularly as you.

  7. I love walking outside in the early mornning too but refuse to do it when dark because I have no one to go with me.
    Brad will go in the summer but not in the winter.
    For some reason it's harder for me to get up and go to the gym in the morning.
    I do it about 2 days a week though and you're right.. SOOOO nice to have your nights free to relax and cook and not feel rushed to get it all done.

  8. Love your warning at the end! Inspiring post, Annie!

    PS--You've been tagged!

  9. Oh my goodness I'm so glad I'm not the only one completely horrified by the number of girls I see running by themselves at night (some with an ipod)!!!

    I seriously need to get back into running - but I'm having such a hard time motivating myself! Maybe if I start running in the morning I won't have enough time to talk myself out of going :)