Runners are unique for many reasons, but their tendency to practice their sport at ungodly early hours is certainly one of them. We’ve all seen them bouncing along sidewalks and trails in the early morning dusk, but what exactly is it that gets these folks out of bed when it’s still dark? In all honesty, there are some great perks to early morning running.
No scheduling conflicts
Although afternoon or evening runs allow you time to wake up and get mentally stimulated on your own, it also involves scheduling your day, meals, and shower times around that run. This also means you’re more likely to end up ditching your run for something – anything – that sounds more enticing. Even if you’re the ultra-dedicated runner who won’t skip a workout for just anything, unforeseen scheduling changes and conflicts happen all the time and may make the unfortunate decision for you. Waking up and running gets the workout over possibly before your mind is even fully aware that it’s awake, let alone exercising. Kind of a win-win, actually.
Morning hangover cure
We’re not necessarily talking actual hangovers but those mornings where it’s equally as hard to drag your butt out of bed than if you had enjoyed a few too many the night before. Those nearly painful mornings can only benefit from a run. Although it will likely be the last thing you want to do, if you can muster up the willpower to get dressed and get your feet out the door, you’ll thank yourself the rest of the day. The fresh crisp air, movement, and extra blood flow will quickly warm up your body and senses, leaving you ready to tackle the day.
No matter the climate, everything takes on breathtaking beauty in the warm hues surrounding a sunrise; the trees glisten with due, the sand glows pinkish-orange, and the snow actually sparkles. It’s like running through a painting or a Disney movie. Taking those miles to reconnect with your natural surroundings has a reinvigorating effect, making the work commute and desk life all the more bearable.
Seriously! The air is not only cooler and more comfortable for running in the morning, but it also holds less pollution because the morning commuters haven’t muddled it up with their car exhaust yet. Anyone who has had to run through a cloud of car exhaust knows that avoiding that choking hazard is worth the effort of waking up a bit earlier.
Eat more, feel better
Exercising soon after waking up gives your metabolism the swift kick in the butt it sometimes needs. Odds are, you will not only remember to eat breakfast before heading off to work, but it will taste remarkably better than if you had simply crammed a burned bagel in your pie hole between sips of lukewarm coffee while sitting in traffic on your way to work.
In all honesty, the only good argument against morning running is that it involves voluntarily leaving the comfort of your warm cozy bed and an extra hour of sleep. Although that is certainly a convincing argument, the multiple benefits of following through and getting in an early morning run still win out. Few people can come back from a few miles in the morning and truthfully admit that they don’t feel better for it.