Guest Post! 10 Reasons You Should Put On Sneakers Instead Of Hitting The Snooze Button

Hi Runner’s Kitchen readers! I’m Ali and I blog at Ali On The Run. I’m excited to be guest blogging for Megan because I think she’s one of the coolest, most badass runners around. She doesn’t just run races, she wins races, and that makes her awesome.

It’s crazy to me to think that Megan struggles with anything, but she tells me that she has a hard time avoiding the Snooze button in the morning.

Me, on the other hand? I’m up at 5 am, no problem. I’m currently training for my first marathon and getting my run done in the morning is the only way I can get through the day. I know a lot of people thinking working out before you go to work is crazy, but I assure you it’s not. So I now present to you: 10 Reasons You Should Put On Sneakers Instead Of Hitting The Snooze Button.

  1. 1. You get to see the sunrise. I like to think of the morning as a competition between me and the sun. If I hit Snooze, the sun wins. If I get right up, I can usually get outside before the sun is totally up. (Note: This competition is far more challenging in the summer. That sun wakes up early in the summer.) The more competitive you are, the better. But seriously, I used to love sunsets (preferably viewed from a beach with a slight strawberry daquiri-induced buzz kicking in). But I’ve learned that sunrises are even prettier, and they hold way more potential. You literally get to see the day starting. It’s awesome.
  2. 2. Places are less crowded in the early morning than in the evening. Here in New York City, Central Park will always be filled with runners and cyclists. But if you manage to get there before 9 am, you’ll find that the roads are way more manageable. The before-work crowd is a get-it-done set—these people have a deadline because they have to get a workout in, shower (debatable) and get to the office. The post-work group is more leisurely. The morning crew has a cutthroat mentality and I dig it.
  3. 3. It may be less crowded, but you don’t have to be alone. I’ve made many morning running friends, including Megan! Embrace the buddy system. It’ll motivate you to get up. Trust me. Let’s say Megan and I have plans to meet in Central Park at 6:20 am. I’m not going to be very excited if I drag myself out of bed and she doesn’t show. Make a date. Stick to it. Get up. Break a sweat. That is an easy concept, don’t you think?
  4. 4. The first thing you get on won’t be public transportation. There’s nothing like fresh air in the morning. Whether you go for a run outside or walk to the gym, you’re still keeping your hands off the subway poles immediately after getting out of bed.
  5. 5. You have time to yourself. The main reason I run in the morning is because I need to be alone before I spend my day in meetings and working with lots of other people. Don’t get me wrong, I adore my coworkers. But I like to have some Ali time before I get into the “Did you get this project done yet and what time are we meeting to talk about this article?” time. When I run in the morning I think about lots of things, and sometimes I think about nothing. Either way, I’m the only person that matters during those miles.
  6. 6. You get your workout done. You get to spend the rest of the day shamelessly stuffing your face with awesome food (“I worked out this morning!” you can excitedly tell your friends and colleagues) and then you have your entire evening to do fun things like run errands, shop, or extend happy hour from 5 pm until midnight.
  7. 7. You get on an earlier schedule. When I go to the gym after work, I’m there until 7 or 7:30 and don’t get home until 8ish. Then I’m not eating dinner until 8:30, and that seems late to me. Maybe I’m an old lady at heart, but if you eliminate your post-work gym routine, you can eat earlier and maybe even get to bed earlier (or get to the bar sooner).
  8. 8. Getting dressed is more fun. Maybe this is just me, but I feel way better picking out my work outfit for the day when I’ve just spent an hour of so sweating.
  9. 9. You see a totally different set of people. If you’re always working out at night, you probably see many familiar faces. Switch it up and sweat in the a.m. and you have a new window for people watching. Most mornings I see “Crazy Chihuahua Lady,” “Happy Asian Boy” and “Short Lady Who Looks At The Ground While She Runs.” It’s fantastic. And they probably go home and tell people that, yet again, they saw “That Girl With The Obnoxiously Bright Running Outfits.”
  10. 10. You have another purpose. I always hated waking up and going right to the office. I didn’t like feeling like my only purpose each day was to go to my job. Again, I love my job, but it’s not the only part of my life. When you wake up and do something immediate besides work, your day just might feel more well-rounded and fulfilled.

When do you exercise? Are you a morning, noon, or night runner?

  • Andrea Tilley

    I love this post!!!  SOOOOO true!!  I linked it on my FB page 🙂

  • +1 for morning running! Not crazy at all. Here in Texas, it is WAY hotter at 7 PM than 7 AM. My morning running routine is non-negotiable.

  • Great post! I’m both but I do feel better when I get my workouts done in the morning. I like how it sets a good tone for the rest of the day!

  • Haha agree with all of your reasons, especially getting to eat awesome food and feeling good getting dressed. I never was a morning runner, but have definitely become one over the past 2 years! It’s so much easier to get it done and forget about it, but I do enjoy a good morning sleeping in from time to time. We should meet up for some morning miles, soon!

  • I love running in the morning. It doesn’t always happen and many of my truly awesome runs occur in the evenings, but it really does feel amazing to start your day logging mileage. Not only is the run out of the way for the rest of the day, but you’ve jump-started your metabolism and can legitimately feel like you’ve accomplished something before most people even roll out of bed.

    Also, living in South Carolina; unless I want to wait until 8pm to run, the heat often forces me to run in the mornings.

  • Great post! I just recently started running before work and love it. It’s great to run through the downtown streets of your city with absolutely no one else in sight. It sometimes feels like a secret time that no one else knows about but me 🙂

  • nice tips! i’m an early morning exerciser too. i just feel accomplished and like checking if off before the day starts. not hanging over my head, and really just like knowing I did something right so early!

  • J (Morning runner)

    Definitely a morning runner! I love seeing the morning all year round.  Dark winter mornings, bright summer mornings, and every thing in between!  Its just awesome and I never see anyone else out which is nice because it really is alone time for me!

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  • Love these reasons to wake up!!  I still can’t make myself get up early in the morning, but this is a great set of reasons for the “plus” side of the column.  The other one for living in Texas?  By the time 5:00 hits, it’s already 100 degrees….

  • I love this post! Those are definitely the reasons why I run in the mornings too – the city almost feels like a different place i the early morning. So quiet and lovely 🙂 I look forward to many a.m. runs with both of you (Ali and Megan) this summer!

  • Shayne

    Totally a morning runner as well. These days I rarely make it out before the sun, but there’s still something so refreshing about the morning air… Fuels me through my day. Thanks for this post!

  • I’m a terrible morning runner but need to learn how bc its so much better running the morning in the summer! What do you do in the winter?

  • Whenever someone can run with me.  I don’t run solo on the trails :/ Usually a late night runner, but sometimes I get to do mornings and I LOVE it 🙂  I love the early early mornings like 5 am runs.  Just the best way to start the day!

  • I love morning runs! I always have problems trying to work out in the afternoon or at night, it just doesn’t work for me!

  • totally hear you on the time to yourself thing. i loved breaking up my day with my own time before a looong day with coworkers.

    these days i switch it up depending upon my schedule, but i used to swear by AM workouts. now i’ve found a way to make it social – yoga with friends, etc., so working out in the evening can be fun, i’ve found!

  • totally on board with running in the morning. i love getting my workout over with. and (esp in the nyc hot summer) it’s the time of day when air pollution and humidity are at their lowest (maybe that’s #11, haha)

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  • irene poon

    literally just stumbled onto this blog and have to agree with all ten reasons, especially #6! i used to love pigging out at lunch after getting up at the crack of dawn 

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