Josse and I hit the running trail quite early and even though I woke up 4 times in the middle of the night freaking out that I was late meeting her for our run, early morning runs are my favorite for a few reasons. *Please note I will be most likely changing my tune on this subject once there is snow and ice everywhere but for the other 8 months of the year, early morning runs are my jam. PS remember that time I fell and hit my head on the ice a few years ago? The things we do to log in those miles throughout the year right?
For most of my running life I have been an early morning runner…. When I was a teacher I did all of my training on the gym treadmill and started at around 5 a.m. Pregnant mornings with Brooke = early morning runs on my treadmill at home. When I lived in California I set out close to every early morning (besides the days that I would run on my treadmill on my balcony/deck of my apartment—> I’m still confused why my apartment okayed that idea of mine). When I lived with my parents, Josse and I would meet every morning and run so I could be back in time for Brooke waking up. It wasn’t until I was living on my own with Brooke that I stopped doing a lot of the early morning runs because I didn’t have that option anymore… But now I do and I love those crazy early mornings for a few reasons (these reasons outweigh the fact that it initially hurts so bad to get out of my warm comfortable beds… especially when it is raining outside like this morning’s run).
PS I only run with people or on the treadmill in the early morning. I get too freaked out any other way. I think I did a few miles by myself early this year once and I don’t ever want to do that again.
1. The miles just click by. My watch beeped at me that we had gone three miles already and I could have sworn we had only done 1.2 miles by that time. Mentally I feel awake but I think my body is so busy trying to wake up that it forgets it is actually running. Or maybe I’m so busy paying attention to trying not to trip over anything in the dark that I lose all sense of distance traveled.
2. The world is still asleep. There is something about that early morning time where the world is quiet and you feel like you and your running buddy might be the only people moving around at that exact moment. I love it. I love not missing out on anything going on at home and to know the family is peacefully sleeping while I get my me time and sweat on.
3. Those mornings that you see the sunrise… that just starts the day out right.
4. Josse and I were talking about how hard core we feel getting our run in during the early morning hours and since it was raining too we just felt like we were extra tough.
5. Morning person is an understatement for me (I think I get it from my dad… he gets up to work at 2 or 3 a.m. because he is just too excited to work that he can’t sleep any longer) and morning is my best time. Getting those miles in when I feel my best is my favorite.
6. It makes your day feel like you have about 10 extra hours to the day. I get home and I’m way more productive and I feel like I get things done left and right.
Oh and bonus… kid morning snuggles + endorphinated already = bliss.
Just reminding myself about these reasons when the alarm clock goes off helps me to roll out of bed.
Runs that happen later on in the morning will still be happening too because of schedules, but yeah… those early morning runs are something else. *Please note again this post was written directly after the run and at about 3 pm in the afternoon I might feel differently and search for chocolate for a pick me up.
PS Andrew is always amazed how fast I get out the door in the morning for a run—> aka it takes me just a few minutes. I have everything out that I need in a pile out the night before, brush my teeth, change and eat a few bites of a banana and I’m out the door.
Let’s talk about a few life things. Andrew and I had a great chat with Bangs Friend and her husband Sunday night. FaceTime makes missing people a lot easier.
We found Knox like this. He had set up quite the scene and I’m sure that pumpkin in bed must have been quite comfortable too.
She wanted to be a cat today so we went for it.
Later on in the day we went for our Costco trip and we ran into my sister and kids there AGAIN. This happened last time too and we only go twice a month. That is pretty impressive.
These are my FAVORITE running gloves and they are on sale right now at Costco.
I think I just snacked on the best raspberries I’ve ever had from today’s trip.
And it looks like I will be having grapefruit with every meal from here on out.
Early morning runners, what do you love most about running at that time of day?
What are the reasons you love running at your normal running time?
Ever had a bad fall on the ice?
Costco lovers… what are some of your favorite finds there lately?