At some point over the past few months, I accidentally became a morning runner.
I’d been trying for a while, with no success. I mean, I do <3 sleep.
But this spring, when I started skipping workouts because I was working later, I realized that had to change. I went to the gym a few times when I got out of work at 8, but it was usually miserable, and I couldn’t sleep well that night since I was so wide-awake.
I finally realized that if I was going to get my workouts in, I’d have to get them in in the morning. I’d read so many damn articles and blog posts about ways that I, too, could become a morning exerciser.
But just like I’d read 14 million articles about how to lose weight when I was overweight, and not internalized a damn thing until I was ready, I had to really want to become a morning runner.
It took a few days of workouts with friends visitingÂ to finally give me the momentum I needed to make this a habit. I’ve since struggled on and off (getting sick, going away), but it finally just clicked for me: if I work out in the morning, I have more time to do stuff after work, and I don’t have to worry about working out at 9pm if I get stuck late at work.
I usually feel like this when I get up and get out, but it usually gets better. (Not always, not gonna sugarcoat this.)
I had 4 “easy” miles on my schedule today, and I ran on my buddy, the West Side Highway path, up to 42nd Street and turned around. I’m already starting to get a little bored with my usual waterside routes, which is great, because it’s not like I have another 15 weeks of training or anything. I usually run sans headphones, but I’ve had to for some of my shorter runs lately to combat boredom. I recently bought a pair of Philips sports headphonesÂ (aff link) that I like–they stay in place and I can use the control to change the song/volume on my iPhone without waking it back up.
The interesting thing about morning runs is that you are definitely not quite awake for that first mile, and then you wake up gradually. When I hit mile 3, heading back to my apartment from the West Side Highway, I was a little surprised I’d already run 3 miles.
This view doesn’t hurt though.
Each mile ended up getting faster as I woke up more, for a grand total of 4 miles in 37:27.
Are you a morning exerciser? Are you a morning person or a reluctant morning exerciser like me?