Anatomy of an Early Morning Run

Alarm goes off at 5 am on the nose, cheerfully blaring dance beats approximately 6 inches from my face. I groan because another hour of sleep would be welcome. I sit up, rub my face to help me wake up and move the curtain aside with my foot. It’s dark outside. Like, no sign of dawn coming soon dark. Ughhhhhhhhhhhh. I check the temperature. It’s already 74Β°F and presumably humid as sin outside. I’ve been snoozing happily in my air conditioned room with a fan on (arctic sleeping temperatures are a must) in the comfort of complete white noise immersion. I exert all the will power I have to peel aside my duvet and get out of bed.

I do not feel like doing this right now.

I pull on my laid-out-last-night running outfit while I push the slow turning cogs in my brain to churn out an intention for the day. The wheels are slow today. “You are strong.” I tell myself. No, no – I can do better. I saw a good insta quote last night: “You did not wake up today to be mediocre.” Yeah, it’s hump day – I like that. Let’s do this.

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I lace up my favorite sneakers as extra motivation – the ones that will be on my feet when I run 13.1 miles in 12 days. Let’s get a feel for these race sneaks one last time, I think. Then they will be retired until race day.

It is in fact humid as sin outside. My asthma is acting up because of horrific ragweed season in Boston. Let’s take it easy on this run today.

(Yeah, right – I always say that and I always end up zooming after the first mile. I hope that happens today, although the chances feel slim to none at the present moment.)

Mile One: I put on some good beats and start off slow. Everything in my mind is telling me to stop running. “Keep going, keep going. Just go slow. Don’t stop.” The motivational ticker inside my brain is arm wrestling mind over body. Thoughts keep floating up urgently towards the front of my mind: my back hurts from working out yesterday. My hamstrings feel like they are composed of lead bricks. It is really friggin’ hard to breathe right now. I push them away. “Shut up, and run.” I say it out loud to make it count. Down, up, down, up. Focus on your breathing. Focus on your footsteps. Stop thinking about your hammies. Loosen up your shoulders.

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Hi, moon. Nice to see you. As you can, it was just the moon and I this morning zooming along.

Mile Two: YAS I’ve done one mile already! Shoulders back, stand up tall. Okay, this isn’t that bad. Let’s kick it up a notch. I feel loose, and fast, and I’m going faster, yes! I am a lightning bolt! I AM THE WIND!

Mile Three: More than halfway done, woo wooo! Keep zooming, don’t slow down!

Wow, I can’t even feel the soreness in my back anymore.

Ah, it’s really quiet. The crescent moon looks pretty dope right now. See, L? This is why you get up at the crack of dawn to do this. It’s peaceful. Namaste bitches, I’m about to crush this hill!

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#Selfie

Mile Four: THE SUN! It’s coming up! Hooray! That pink color in the sunrise is really nice. They should make running pants that color, they would be so cute. Like pink with purple. Dark purple. And blue. Like a little bit of light blue. So cute. I wonder if those exist?

I totally got this. Almost home free.

I wish I brought water, I’m wicked thirsty. No, no – don’t think about that. You are strong. You are a lioness, on the hunt. Rawr!

Goddamn these hills. WHY ARE THERE SO MANY HILLS.

What is with this ragweed?! Someone needs to set all this damn ragweed on fire right now so my lungs can get some friggin air. Eff that noise. Where did all this friggin ragweed even come from?!

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Ragweed – instrument of the Devil.

UGH. THIS SWEAT IN MY EYES IS STINGINGGGGG.

Ok, box it up L! No whining. There’s a smoothie at the end of this. It will be frozen. And very, very cold. And liquid-y. Kind of like water. That I should have brought with me.

No, no, no – we are losing focus here. Move forward. Keep going. You got this. Go!

One more hill.

Mile Five:Β Just…make…it…up…the…hill!!!!!!!

Pushpushpushpushpush!

…….

Omg I’m going to die. I’m dying. I’m dying a death. Water. Air. Dying. Breaaaaaathe.

Just…cross…imaginary…finish…line….

I DID IT!!!!!!

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(Okay, I’m not actually dying. In fact, I feel flippin’ phenomenal.)

I did it! Booyah!!!

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Running early in the morning is hard. But if I can do it, you can do it. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

You got this.

Happy Hump Day! I hope your day is full of booyah!

With warmth,

L

24 thoughts on “Anatomy of an Early Morning Run

    • I find I’m more awake when I get to work on the days when I run in the morning, but do tend to slow down a bit near the end of the day. The best way I’ve found to keep my energy up is to be careful about planning my breakfast, lunch and snacks for the day, and space them out so I don’t get overly tired or hangry!

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    • Hey there! Of course – you can always ask me questions! πŸ™‚ I am happy to be a resource. I’ll be honest – I’m a morning person. I find that working out in the morning gives me energy throughout my day, helps to regulate my appetite and stress levels, and gets the blood flowin’ early so I am productive at work right out of the gate. It may sound corny, but an early morning workout gives me a nice fresh start to my day, like turning over a fresh, unwritten page to fill up with good stuff: the increased blood flow to my brain and those oh-so-fabulous endorphins mean that I start my day a little more bright-eyed and bushy tailed, with plenty of positive energy. The best part? You are DONE with your workout before your day really even starts, so after work you can go home, cook yourself a nourishing meal for dinner and really relaaaaaax. If you just get up and get it done, it becomes part of your daily routine – no guilt trips if you sail past the gym on your way home from work, no stress about trying to fit it around your social obligations, etc. I highly, highly recommend it. At least give it a shot and see if it works for you. If not, that’s okay – everyone is different. But definitely worth a shot. I feel like runs are especially great in the early morning – it’s quiet out, and you really have the mind space to feel peaceful and focused on your run before you start your day. And one more thing: there are tons and tons of studies out there that show that doing your workout first thing in the morning helps set you on track for making healthier choices throughout the day. I find that to be true, and it really is a nice way to start your day off on the right foot. No matter how grumpy I feel at 5 am when my alarm goes off, never once have I regretted getting up and at least giving it a shot.

      I’m so glad you’ve stopped by and commented – I hope that helps out! Please come back and let me know how you find an early morning workout experience if you give it a try – I’d love to hear your feedback.

      ❀ L

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      • Hi, it was refreshing to find your post and thanks for the feedback! I don’t know anyone who gets up early and does sports of any kind so thank you for your ‘get up and go’ attitude. And I do agree with you that it’s a calmer time of day to hit the pavement. Mind you, I should have started in the summer when it was light as now it’s dark at 5am and a bit ‘fresh’, the summer doesn’t last long in Northern Europe.

        I wouldn’t say I was a morning person and I am very happy to sleep till the last minute then race out the door to work. BUT I feel refreshed and energised when I do make the effort to get up early so I want to change my habits.

        I’m going to aim for tomorrow morning, a short run, and I hope to make it out the door by 5.15am, my clothes are already arranged for me to get into. I have read on some running forums that people go to bed in their clothes and then roll out the door! Hopefully it won’t come to that :-).

        I’ll keep you informed.
        Cheers L

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      • Hooray! I’m so glad you feel encouraged. Just think, I will be awake at 5 am doing the same thing πŸ˜‰ I’ve also read about people that sleep in their running clothes – I have slept in workout clothes before but I usually find it too uncomfortable, otherwise I’d totally embrace that time saver. Instead, I lay out all the things I need to easily grab and go: running clothes, keys, headphones, water bottle, sneakers. As soon as I wake up, I chug about 16 ounces (~475 mL) of water before doing anything (like even getting out of bed, or going to the bathroom). It helps to get a little bit of water in my system before running, since I tend to wake up a bit on the dehydrated side.

        And most importantly: YOU GOT THIS! I believe in you!! ❀ Think strong thoughts, because you're gonna crush it! πŸ˜€

        Good luck. I'll be sending all the positive vibes your way tomorrow morning! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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      • Yayy, I just finished my run and I feel ok. I found it very calming to get outside and smell the fresh air. It does rain quite a lot where I live so I’ll need to be flexible with the morning approach but I’m proud of myself! And thanks for the motivation, it makes a big difference to talk to real people! Have a great day!!!

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      • And P.S.: It is never too late to start a healthy habit! πŸ˜‰ Even though it might feel easier to have started running in the morning when it’s lighter out in the summer, you haven’t missed the boat. Any day is a good day to try to incorporate a morning workout into your routine. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  1. woohoo! loved that moon pic. ….this will be me tonight! (except on a treadmill, so i don’t trip like i’m prone to do riiight before the half)

    also m’s parents are coming to cheer us on!!! (since a certain someone has their priorities as bills > his favorite people on earth! πŸ˜‰ )

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    • Mr. and Mrs. Miguel > Miguel πŸ˜‰

      Yeahhhh! You should take a moon pic too! It really was pretty, hopefully it’s nice and clear tonight so you have a good view. Also, be careful! I need those legs so we can re-create our Iron Girl 2013 experience (uh, but better).
      ❀ ❀ ❀ ❀

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    • OMG the damn ragweed! Literally cannot breathe! BAH!

      I totally agree – it starts off a little low energy, but once you get going, you can zooom! I love how quiet it is early in the morning. So peaceful and nice.

      πŸ™‚

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  3. Fall play rehearsals start next week after school for me, so I won’t have time to work out after school unless it’s after dinner (and I hate working at like 8 PM). I’m trying to run 100 miles in September (I got the idea from Britt at http://www.blissfulbritt.com ), so I’ve been thinking that I will run in the morning before school so I can still get the miles in. Now you’ve given me motivation to run in the early AM! I’ll think of you when I start running in the early AM in the next week or two!

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