6am?? Seriously??

"Yes dear. Go back to sleep!" was my reply to my husband this morning when I got up to go out for a run.  Being very new to running (this is only my 3rd day) I don't think he quite believed me when I said I was going to go out in the mornings before the routine of breakfast, school runs & work began.  But it's either 6am or 8.30pm when my working day is done, we've been fed & watered, homework is done & my youngest is in bed and, quite frankly, I'm very much a lark, and very much not an owl!!

So 6am runs it is and I have to say, it really set me up for the day.  I was only out for just over 20 minutes, but I returned feeling awake, invigorated and ready to face the day.   We all got out the house on time (a minor miracle on any day!) and despite the fact that I spend all day inside, stuck behind a desk, I had at least had some fresh air and "me time" (another miracle!).

I'm very much looking forward to my next early morning run - 6am will now be my favourite time of day!

AL Alleycat

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  1. BE

    belinda chandler i can only do morning runs not as early as 6 yet usally between 8&10 but like u cream crackered read moreby 6pm and just want 2 chill plus 4 kids 2 work around

    0 10 Jun 12
  2. CA

    cathiann thank you so much for writing this.  I am DEFINATELY going to try it monday morning - will let you know how I get on...

    0 9 Jun 12
  3. Wintersmith

    Wintersmith Hi all

    during the week work gets in the way of early mornings for me. So I love the weekend when I can get out before 6am and watch the wildlife when I run. so far seen foxes, herons, wookpekers and a gazillion rabbits!!

    one thing the early morning run also avoids for me is the dog walkers dogs who think someone running is their latest play thing :-)

    0 8 Jun 12
  4. alisonl

    alisonl Hi All

    I too am very new to running, doing it for about 4 weeks or so now.  On the one or two summers days we have had so far my friend and I headed out for our run, it was so hot we hated every minute of it!  We decided the only way we would be able to continue thru summer would be to get up before work (although summer seems to have vanished now!) I rolled out of bed at 4.45 met my friend at 5.20 and had the best run ever, ran for just over 3 miles - which was a whole mile up from my previous best run.... I was so chuffed. We did the same two days later and again I did the same length of time.

    I found running first thing much better, the air seemed fresher, my breathing seemed easier. I literally rolled out of bed, brushed my teeth, got the dog and went....

    I have to admit on the first day of doing this my friend and I looked at each other bleary eyed and thought we must be totally mad! But afterwards the feeling of having such a good run so early in the day was fantastic, set me up for the whole day and such a lovely feeling of going home from work knowing you don't have to think about going out...

    Recommend it thoroughly and I hate getting out of bed!! But once you do it's worth it!

    0 7 Jun 12
  5. CA

    cathiann Hi, I'm a very new runner too, having tried the evening  run after getting home from work, am read morefinding this isn't working due to kids, tea, hubby etc.  am thinking about trying the early morning bit instead.  normally have to get up at 6:45 for work so guess it'll have to be half hour earlier - can I ask tho' - do you just get up and start running (so to speak) or should you have a banana or something to eat before you go out.  god knows how I'll get up but guessing the hard bit is getting out of bed, haven't found the buzz yet but am willing to give it longer.....

    0 7 Jun 12
  6. sagey

    sagey ...i am just not a morning person...4 kids ,job,dog ...even as a nurse on shifts  i would read morerather do the night shift than get up for an early.Managed to train for this years london marathon by training after work- in at 6.30 out 7.15 but the long runs got problematic as would still be running at 10.Then on the day itself i was up and on way to black heath at 6.30...i was SO GRUMPY...but i did it so just goes to show!!!

    0 26 May 12
  7. djcouch

    djcouch The same as a lot of people i have 3 kids and to go out running before I go to work is the best read moreoption. Quieter and cooler, definitely helps me to wake up. Although I tend to get to work about 1hr early to run and shower before heading up to the office rather then from home. But can't get the large distances in, even I have limits to what time I will get up.

    0 26 May 12
  8. splodgechops

    splodgechops Well I've got two kids, a husband and a horse to look after in the evenings, so the 6am run is also the only option for me!

    0 25 May 12
  9. sagey

    sagey no...i cant even speak in the morning let alone run...whta is wrong with you people!!!!!!!!

    0 25 May 12
  10. HA

    HAIRDOOD I run in the morning as I work too, and have 4 children> I am a new runner but I keep waking up read moreat 4.15 before the alarm as Im so excited that Im doing something so positive! If I left it until late evening I know I would never do it, Im a hairdresser so I stand all day and my legs switch off at hometime!Running clears my head ready for the day ahead and Im getting a tan already!I feel Im getting "me" time I love it!

    0 25 May 12
  11. bikergirl

    bikergirl Although generally very much NOT a morning person.... I have found that early morning runs suit me.

    This morning I was out by 5.50am, to do 4 miles.  It does make you feel invigorated for the day.  I used to go just before lunch, but as the hours I work has increased I couldn't do it during the day - evening is no good as no one here to look after child, so first thing it is!

    it is a very nice feeling, that by the time I sit down to work at 9am I have already achieved so much in the day - and yes, its amazing how many times we've been ready for the school run early!

    0 23 May 12
  12. SC

    scott 10 i tryed it once and found 5 miles before work to much as i do a physical job also i often have to read moreleave home for work at 530 :( so it doesent work for me .

    0 23 May 12
  13. KinverRoss

    KinverRoss Running at 6am?! Does a time that early even exist lol! I sometimes have to get to work early and seeing all of you keen beans coming back from your 10k's makes going to the office even more depressing! Having said that, the weather was so awesome tonight that the 6pm run was the most relaxing and enjoyable thing ever!

    Running Blog


    0 23 May 12
  14. RE

    Rebecca Kent Hey, early mornings are great arent they, I like you have to work around when my hubby is around to read morelook after my 3 boys, so I either go early morning or after 7pm and to be honest sometimes by that time I am ready for bed!!! So well done you, can totally sympathise with you :) Its very refreshing to go for a run and have some"me" time and start the day :)

    0 23 May 12
  15. AL

    Alleycat It is hard, but I'm really enjoying it. I hope I'm still this enthusiastic at week 5 - I'll keep you posted :)

    0 22 May 12
  16. CA

    cas012 alleycat i am exactly the same as you. when i do earlies i get home at 3pm and i just cant move. i'm read moreon my 5th week of running and i'm addicted to it. which is weird as its so hard!!

    0 22 May 12
  17. AL

    Alleycat You're not wrong, Mark. My husband cycles every day (it's easier on his knees than running) but he read morerarely sees 6am because of his work pattern.

    And, Hayley, I'd go for it and see whether it makes a difference to your day in the classroom...I'd be interested to see if it does :)

    0 22 May 12
  18. Markd65

    Markd65 Nice one alleycat. Hardest job is getting out of bed. You do feel great doing the excercise and even read morebetter after you have done it and sets you up for the rest of the day. My alarm is on for 6am tomorrow for 35 miles on the bike before work.

    0 22 May 12
  19. HE

    Help Hayley I havent tried the early morning runs yet but I might give it a go......and like you also it may set read moreme up for the day of teaching ahead as well as my own family after school.....watch this space ; 0

    0 22 May 12
  20. AL

    Alleycat Sounds good, Scott. Enjoy :)

    0 22 May 12