My Argument for Being a Morning Runner

Why I think running in the morning is best

Are you a morning runner or a night runner?

I enjoy running in the morning, even when it’s dark out. There’s something about being out when everyone else is sleeping that I find extremely rewarding. Plus, when my teaching day is over, I can kick back and have a snack or even better, get into comfy clothes! If I still have to run, it’s a much bigger ordeal to coordinate with the family and get out the door.

This week, one of my “Days of Challenge” was to run opposite of when you normally run. I don’t know about all of you, but making that switch for the day made me appreciate my morning runs.

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I promised more of the challenge days in case you choose to do them at your own pace.

Day 5: Add hills into your run today. Find a hilly course and enjoy running up (and down) hills. Hills are great at adding power, working on form, and building efficiency!

Day 6: Recovery run day. Determine your easy/recovery pace by listening to your breathing. If you can talk a paragraph at a time, you’re running easy enough (recovery pace)! If you can’t talk a full sentence, you’re running too fast and you need to slow down.

Day 7: Run at least a 5k day. Run it any pace!

Day 8: Before you leave for your run today, add active stretches. Need some ideas? Try A-skip, high knees, leg swings, hip openers, and heel lifts.

Day 9: Negative split a run. The best way to do this is to run an out-and-back loop and try and come home slightly faster than you went out. One way to ensure you do this is to take the first half of the run slightly slower.

Day 10: Hill repeat day! After a warmup, run 4-10 x a hill. Run quick up the hill and walk/jog back down the hill.

Day 11: Opposite day! If you are normally a morning runner, try running at night. If you’re normally a music listener, try going without. By switching up your normal routine, you not only see different people, but you have to plan a bit. In doing so, you’ll not only have experience in different situations, but if a race pops up at a time you don’t normally run, this is good practice.

Friday’s Action Plan:

Ease into each run to combat sluggishness.

What’s Got My Attention:

Article: Boston Marathon 2021 postponed

Podcast: Changing How You Breathe Could Change Your Life

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Marc is a middle school teacher and coach but also works with distance runners online. I help distance runners around the globe by providing support, writing customized training plans, and designing workouts to help them reach their racing goals. I write for my blog every Wednesday morning and newsletter every Friday morning.