How To Become A Morning Runner


I have a really great group of friends. I really like them.

If you must know the truth, I think my friends should be honored I feel this way about them because if you know me, you know I have little tolerance for people.

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Forever my motto.

It is actually nice to know that my friends feel the same way about me as well. At least I think they do?

We all get moody. We all have days where we are dealing with serious life issues or just a PMS mood swing where we don’t  feel like talking to anyone and wish to hide from the world.

It warms my heart to know that when this happens to any of my close friends, they avoid everyone…except for me.

They choose to talk to me because I am, for the most part, non-judgemental, help to put things into perspective, listen without trying to conjure up a solution and when all else fails, I get them to laugh and always recommend an ice cream cone with sprinkles.

There are times however where my true opinion is asked. There are also times where I can’t be all that sweet and kind because I am rather honest and blunt, especially on certain topics.

Sometimes I am asked for help in such a way that it seems everything must be easy and quick for me to answer, as if I can rattle off recipes in one text, advice and tips in the next message and solve all of the world’s problems in a matter of minutes.

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Recently I was asked how to become a morning runner.

I can certainly throw at you a string of words and phrases which resemble some the cookie-cutter  How-To lists generated from a google search on the subject but something like that coming from someone like me wouldn’t be all that genuine.

The truth is, I have always been a morning person. I have never used an alarm clock in my entire life and sleeping in as a kid meant not opening my eyes until 7:00 am.

Over the course of my 36 years of life, maybe I have stayed asleep past 9:00 am a handful of times.

If you are not a morning person, I haven’t the slightest idea how to tell you to get up earlier to workout other than simply say, get yourself out of bed and go.

I can’t relate to your inability to get up in the morning. I don’t understand why you need a buzzing beeping sound to rattle you out of sleep.

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I don’t know how you skip a morning workout in favor of sleeping in to then stumble through your morning routine with half an eye opened on your way to work.

I don’t understand how sleeping an extra hour can offer you the same energy and cheery mood that an endorphin-producing morning run as short as thirty minutes can.

You make no sense to me when you say you can’t find thirty minutes a couple of mornings a week to get up and get out there.

And you have a treadmill in your house? But you can’t bring yourself to get out of bed, put your clothes on and push the button? Please explain.

You often skip your evening plan for a workout because life gets in the way? Please tell me what is getting in the way at 5:30 am, even if only a few times a week.

Unless you need to catch a 6:00 am flight or leave for work at a super early hour, I don’t know how to relate.

I realize I am being a bit narrow-minded, blunt and harsh but sometimes, especially when it comes to situations like this, my friends need to be spoken to in this manner. Sometimes these precise words and questions are necessary to get them to stop making excuses and to finally see where they can make adjustments to their routine.

Since I don’t want to upset you and because I can’t buy you an ice cream cone to make peace, here is a sweetened up version of what I just said:

*A morning workout gives you energy to power through your day.

*An early morning run or workout will put a smile on your face, reduce some stress and help you to be kinder to the people who encounter you afterwards.

*Running in the morning frees up time later for life to get in the way.

And on the same note, very little can interfere with your morning workout. Think about it; nothing is interfering when you are choosing to stay asleep so what would get in the way if you chose to instead get up and do some burpees, planks and jumping jacks in your living room?

*Starting your day with a workout may help you to stick to your healthy diet and lifestyle.

*Waking up earlier may help you to go to get into bed earlier which may lead to less night-time snacking, possible weight loss and maybe even better – more hours of sleeping.

*Getting up an hour earlier than normal may leave you tired within the first few minutes but you won’t feel it once you get moving nor will you notice it later in the day.

*At 5:00 pm, you will be happy your workout was already completed.

I really wish I could tell you that sleeping in your workout apparel will help you to get up in the morning and run but I just can’t say this to you and feel serious about it.

I know some people do this (to each their own I suppose), but it’s not something I can relate to or recommend.

I cannot fathom sleeping in a running skirt and a sweat-wicking athletic top with a built-in bra and back closure clip that I think would dig into my skin.

Listen people. It is summer. The sun is up and out early. Join it.

Wake up and put your clothes up like a big girl (or boy). Brush your teeth, sip your coffee or water and eat a banana or whatever it is you need to do in order to lace up and get moving.

Set the routine now so that when winter comes, you are already adapted to the morning workout regimen and won’t be tempted to stay under the covers when it is cold and dreary out there.

Ugh, let’s not even think about that now.


Are you a morning person or do you prefer to sleep in?

What time is your most effective workout time?

Do you sleep in your gym clothes?

Do you have friends you turn to when you feel like talking to no one else?




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  1. says

    I’m a early riser but NOT a morning person. That said, I like to work out in the morning, but mid-morning is more of my jam. I’ve been doing the daily morning workout for about 3 weeks now, and it is still a bit of a struggle to get my booty downstairs.
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  2. says

    Yes! I am exactly the same, I think most bloggers in our community are in the same boat….although some of them amaze me when they get up at 4:00am…I couldn’t do that. If it wasn’t for my running career, I would get up a lot earlier, but I know how important recovery is. I think you are right in morning workouts, and in summer it is especially important as the quality of your run goes downhill FAST if you do not get it done before the heat rises. When I am doing my marathon workouts, I have to start my runs early, or my body will break down in the heat.

    Speaking of moody, I definitely had a moody day yesterday….feel bad for my boyfriend haha
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  3. says

    Absolutely a morning person. Times a million. I start winding down around 7pm every night, and it’s hard to shake that sometimes! I really gotta try and stay up “late” on weekends 🙂 But never sacrifice my morning workouts – that’s my opportune time to sweat!
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  4. says

    Definitely a morning person these days, but when I was younger? HA! Getting up for school was torture, and I’d often be out until 4 or 5 AM whereas now I’m getting up at that time. I think I prefer it this way, though… The early mornings are my favourite time of the day, mostly because of how peaceful they are. Then again, I’ve always been a fan of the late, late night too… Let’s just say the middle of the day is my least favourite 😉
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    • says

      I have pulled a few almost all nighters like that, even fairly recently (as in a couple of summers ago). It’s fun on occasion but I could never keep up a night owl routine.

    • says

      I am glad you get my personality rather than thinking I am rude lol…a morning run sure beats finding the time, energy and motivation later in the day. I was never good at afternoon or evening workouts. For some people it works but for me, just no.

    • says

      I am glad you get my personality rather than thinking I am rude lol…a morning run sure beats finding the time, energy and motivation later in the day. I was never good at afternoon or evening workouts. For some people it works but for me, just no.

  5. says

    I’m ashamed to say I used to be a morning runner (after being a midnight runner) but now I sleep in! I just can’t seem to get out of bed until my dog starts with his whimpering haha. It was do-able in the fall/winter to run later in the day however, with the summer heat I’ll have to go back to early morning or middle of the night runs again. Your points are making me lean towards morning runs but I’ll definitely miss sleeping in haha
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  6. says

    OH MY GOODNESS I LOVE this post!! I am SUCH a morning person too! Haha I actually just wrote about that. Can’t stand missing mornings. My hub isn’t a morning person..he wants to be but I doubt he ever will be haha. You are awesome Meredith.

    • says

      Aw thank you! I feel sorry for those people who can’t figure out how to be a morning person. Although, the night owls must feel sorry for me since I am not very good at staying up super late on a regular basis.

    • says

      Yeah, the routine adjustments from work requirements can make things tricky. It’s hard sometimes to find the balance but I always seemed to stick to a morning workout routine even if it meant getting up a little earlier. It just made my workday that much better. I tried the night time workouts after work but they never felt good to me.

  7. says

    Sorry, sleep ins for me 😉 i’m a 10:00 AM person which probably isn’t helpful for my productivity lol. Also I am very honest too. When asked my opinion, I always speak my mind. Then again I speak my mind when not asked an opinion either…so yeah I hate people and pants.

  8. says

    I have always been a morning runner too…It gets a little tough during the school year since I have to leave for work at 6am, but I go to a gym near work, so as long as I leave home at 4:30, I can fit in a treadmill run before work…it’s always tough the first week or two, but then you just get use to getting up at 4 – haha 🙂 yes, I go to bed at 8:30 too.

    • says

      No worries, I am totally asleep quite often by 9:00 pm and anyone that knows me knows they can’t expect to reach me past 8:00 pm. I am done for the day and love every second of the quiet at that point in the evening during the week!

  9. says

    There are many things I love about this blog post, but my favorite thing is this: “At 5:00 pm, you will be happy your workout was already completed.”

    That is my prime motivation for getting up at 5/6am, even on days that I really feel like sleeping in…until 7am 🙂
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  10. says

    Hello Meredith,
    I love this! I am also a morning exerciser. I have been for years and years and years, too! (I actually will “touch” on this a bit this Thursday, along with a few other “workout/fitness” ideas/thoughts.
    Great post, Meredith! I just love your raw honesty!
    ~Amy 🙂
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  11. says

    Definitely a morning person, but it takes a lot of motivation to get me out and run early. I know I love it and I know I will feel better…I need to work on it. Actually, I did today! So thankful I got that done and it was pretty beasty.
    I like running at night sometimes with my group of runners or running with my dad. I prefer night runs mostly during the fall/winter, though.
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    • says

      I was never good at running or any form of a workout at night. I tried sometimes but it was just not effective. My best hours are in the morning, mentally and physically so I just try to capitalize on that.

  12. says

    I’m an early morning exerciser, nothing beats the feeling of starting your day with an endorphin rush and a sense of accomplishment 🙂 I totally can’t relate to people who sleep in, i literally can’t sleep past 7 … I guess the only downside is that i’m usually ready for bed by 9.

    • says

      Even 7:30 am has been a bit too hot for me lately! I can’t remember the last time I ran at 9 but I am sure by this point in the summer season I would drown in my own sweat at that hour!

  13. says

    I LOVE this post!!!!!! ALL of my friends ask and ask all the time how I wake up to run in the morning. I unfortunately am NOT a morning person, but I “became one” because working out in the morning is better for 100000 reasons you listed above. I love most being done with the workout and being able to do anything for the rest of the day !! Tell them to just start setting their alarm across the room so they HAVE to get up, that’s how I started !!
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