As an everyday average runner, I’ve been running for over 20 years and for me, running at dawn or dusk is really a personal preference. The following reasons are not about the right or wrong way of running, but rather a route to one’s personal discovery.
- It helps to get my day started on the right foot. It wakes and shakes me up and gets me ready for the day and all that lies ahead.
- It’s one positive sure-fire thing completed for my physical and mental health before starting the rest of my responsibilities for family and work.
- For a sense of achievement first thing in the morning.
5. I like to watch the sun rise. Metaphorically speaking, it’s like a new beginning every sunrise and it has a positive effect on my attitude for the rest of the day.
6. It’s quieter both inside and outside of my house. I’ve learned to appreciate stillness as it provides a break from the everyday noise of all the activities that surrounds me.
7. There is a heightened awareness of my surroundings and it has led to discovering small details about my surroundings. i.e., a poem on a sidewalk pole or free street art (Poem by Dennis Lee & artwork courtesy Jorge Molina’s the 416 project).
8. You get to know the schedule of the city and its people, like the time the CN trains roll by a certain level crossing and if I’m lagging behind, it means I need to run around the block, thereby adding an extra kilometre to my run. Or you know it’s about 5:30am when you see Toronto’s Morning Glory Cycling Club gathering for their group ride.
9. I always feel safer in the morning. There is more traffic in the evenings and I need to be more mindful of motorized vehicles, e-bikes and cyclists.
10. My family and the people I work with are not awake during the time I go for a run in the morning, so I’m guaranteed not to be disrupted by texts, emails or calls on my run.
11. I do run slower first thing in the morning, so it forces me to give myself a proper warm-up before any taxing workout.
12. In pre-pandemic times, races are typically in the morning hence training for them in the morning makes for an easy transition.
13. Personally, I find running in the evening keeps me awake past my regular bedtime.
14. My schedule can change on a dime during the day, hence running in the morning ensures a run/workout is completed.
15. I find staying motivated during the day to go for a run after work difficult. Especially if I’m feeling tired or there is inclement weather. (Pro-tip, run with a partner to keep you honest.)
16. If I do miss my run in the morning, I do have a choice to go during the day. I have less opportunities to fit in a run if I have to work late.
17. In general I find the hours between 3pm-6pm challenging for my diet. I get hungry and need to be extra careful about the type of snack consumed or it will come back and haunt me during an evening run.
18. I can just relax at the end of the day.
What are your reasons to run in the morning?