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8/19/09 10:00 P

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I guess this is an old thread but I'll post to it anyway.
I am so NOT an early morning runner. I usually run between 9:30 and 11:30am. I recently started back to work part-time though, and sometimes I will get up at 5:15am (only done it a few times though) and get out there for my run. Once I'm actually out of bed, its not so bad. And the rest of the day feels great becuase I know its done, and I don't have to come home from work and try to get it in before supper.


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1/4/09 10:04 P

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It gets very hot in the summer here in South Texas. From mid-May to Sept the temp never gets lower than 80 and once the sun comes up it quickly gets up into the 90s. If I am doing anything longer than 12 miles I will get up at 4:00 AM or even earlier so I get the run finished before the temp gets too high.

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11/17/08 5:51 P

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Love this thread!
I'm up at 0405, rarely hit the snooze...
On run/walk days, I stretch, do some pushups and situps, then head out before 0500. USUALLY outdoors with headlamp and reflective gear...sometimes the Dreadmill has to do.
On strength-tng days, I'm' up at the same time to knock out an hour of P90X.
This time of year, I head out to start hubby's diesel and make sure he's awake, then shower and get ready for work at 0700.
Weekends, I wake a little later, have something light to eat then wait til the sun rises before I head out for my long run or walk depending on the day.
I love the morning hours, altho sometimes it's tough to drag out of bed I don't ever regret going. Winter is rough here in Maine, but there's something invigorating about layering up, donning the headlamp and iPod shuffle and braving the chill.
I know I'm doing the body and soul good, I see things I might not otherwise (shooting stars, fox, skunks, and deer....), I don't need to worry about squeezing in a workout later on when I REALLY don't feel like it, and I'm accomplishing what others can't or won't. Strength of self and dedication to my mental and physical fitness...love it!
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11/9/08 1:47 P

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My alarm goes off at 4:10AM. I hit the snooze once and then am up, dressed and out the door running by 4:30. Yeah, at first it seems insane, but like anything, once you get used to it, it's no big deal. I've been doing that for over a year now and love it for a number of reasons:

1. Something done by 5:30 before others have even heard the alarm
2. Solitude in the morning - very peaceful way to start each day
3. Enjoy the cooler temps whether summer or winter
4. LOVE people's reactions when I tell them when and where I run.
5. Makes me feel tough!
6. Glad to know all day long I have my work out done.

James Gallway suggests the following to get used to it:

1. when the alarm goes off think "feet on the floor" and do just that. Don't think ahead.
2. Set your clothes by the coffee pot the night before. Go to turn the pot on and while the coffee is brewing put work out clothes on. Again, don't think further than that.
3. Get your cup of coffee and go out in the drive way to see what the weather is like.
4. walk to the end of the drive to see what the neighbors are doing.
5. By then you are awake. Put the cup down and start walking. Before long, you'll pick it up and run.




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9/18/08 12:05 P

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You know, I used to run at night and I loved it. That was when I was heavy so I think hiding in the dark had a lot to do with it. Then I started waking up for a 5:30 spin class, and going to the gym at lunch on my off days. Now that my morning spin class has been canceled I have such a hard time getting out of bed. I have really been thinking about it a lot, just haven't been able to do it yet. I know if I don't get it in before work I will not do it after, and I enjoy running. I will have to use you early risers as my inspiration. Wish me luck! emoticon

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9/5/08 2:21 A

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you guys are amazing! if i get a run in before a 10am class i feel like an over acheiver, haha. i'm a weirdo though, i like to exercise at night.

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you guys are amazing! if i get a run in before a 10am class i feel like an over acheiver, haha. i'm a weirdo though, i like to exercise at night.

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9/5/08 2:20 A

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you guys are amazing! if i get a run in before a 10am class i feel like an over acheiver, haha. i'm a weirdo though, i like to exercise at night.

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8/22/08 5:47 P

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I hate running in the dark. In the winter I try to go early because even at 5 it gets dark by the time I'm done.

Though if I could see the sunrise over mountains I might change my mind. That does sound beautiful.

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8/22/08 5:15 P

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I just finished my first week of early mornings. I'm getting up at 4:50 to run, do an ab workout & stretch before getting ready for work.

Remarkably, it went really well! The headlamp was wonderful -thank you SO MUCH for the suggestion. It was just what I needed.

Getting up is so worth it. I feel like nothing can ruin my day when I've already taken care of myself.

One morning run was amazing: I saw the sunrise over the mountains & a rooster crowed...couldn't choreograph it better if I tried.

Now I just have to figure out how to cope with the cold. One step at a time, right? :)

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8/22/08 9:53 A

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I had to get out for a 4:30 run a couple weeks ago - or not run at all - since I was hitting the road at 6am for a weekend away. I pulled out my headlamp for the first time in ages and it took a few minutes to get used it, but then I was LOVING running in the dark! It's the only upside to running outdoors all winter.

There's just something about slipping off in the darkness when you know so many people are still sleeping soundly while you're already doing something good for your health.

Recent Races:

9/01/12: Westport 10 miler (1:13:58)
3/04/12: Build-up 25K (1:58:06)

10/2/11 - Ridgefield 1/2 Marathon (1:40:09)
9/10/11 - Lightfoot 1/2 Marathon (1:39:10)
9/3/11 - Westport 10 miler (1:15:42)

9/12/09 - Lightfoot 1/2 Marathon (1:36:40)
4/20/09 - Boston Marathon (3:27:48)
3/08/09 - Build-up 25K (1:56:40)

11/15/08 - Knickerbocker 60k (5:22:53)
10/11/08 - Hartford Marathon (3:21:05)
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8/22/08 12:02 A

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How have your early mornings been going?

You guys impress me. I woke up at 6:15 the other day and it was too cold and dark out, so I worked for a while and went later. Mornings are not my friend.

A healthy body is a guest-chamber for the soul; a sick body is a prison. - Francis Bacon

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8/14/08 8:48 A

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Thank you all so much for the encouragement. Good to know I'm not alone in the dark. Next week will be the start of my early mornings...wish me luck!

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8/13/08 7:35 P

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There have been times, fortunately not right now, when the only way I could get myself out the door was to meet someone to run. One of my main running buddies needs to be on the road by 5. Since I MUST have my coffee first this means getting up at 4:30 when I run with her. I have to get to bed by 9:00 to not feel over tired doing this but once you get used to it it is not a big deal. It is sort of like when you start training for a marathon a 10 miler does not seem like any big deal where right now that seems huge to me! It is kind of a mindset.
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8/13/08 4:06 P

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I get up early on Wednesday's ~4:40 to get out the door by 5:00. It's hard, but it's nice to have the road to yourself, at least for a little while.

Goals for 2011:

1. Continue improving my diet (low sugar, high fiber and protein).

2. Race more than 10 times this summer.

3. Be happy! And share with others. :)

Races for 2011:

April 30-Drake Half-marathon

May 21-MAF 5K

June 4-Dam to Dam 20K

June 11-Run the Flood 7 miler

July 4-8K

July 30-Bix 7

October 9-Chicago Marathon

*missing about 3 races* Must find. :)



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8/13/08 9:38 A

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I used to get up at 4:30 and out the door by 4:45 everyday before work. I loved the solitude of being the only one out on the roads. My schedule is a bit more flexible these days, but I still love to get up super early on the weekends to get my long runs out of the way.

Recent Races:

9/01/12: Westport 10 miler (1:13:58)
3/04/12: Build-up 25K (1:58:06)

10/2/11 - Ridgefield 1/2 Marathon (1:40:09)
9/10/11 - Lightfoot 1/2 Marathon (1:39:10)
9/3/11 - Westport 10 miler (1:15:42)

9/12/09 - Lightfoot 1/2 Marathon (1:36:40)
4/20/09 - Boston Marathon (3:27:48)
3/08/09 - Build-up 25K (1:56:40)

11/15/08 - Knickerbocker 60k (5:22:53)
10/11/08 - Hartford Marathon (3:21:05)
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8/12/08 9:20 P

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I don't do it YET, but I may have to start soon! I have an interview tomorrow for a new job which is very exciting, but it's going to have quite a commute. I'm afraid that if I don't get my run done in the morning I will be too tired after working and driving to do it. I have a friend who does it at 4:30 every morning so I may have to use her as my inspiration!

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8/12/08 8:18 P

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Is anyone crazy enough to get up earlier than 5 am for their run? I've been getting up at 5, which seems reasonable, but I really need another 10 or 15 minutes to get my routine done & get to work on time. Somehow getting up before 5 seems obscene...Do any of you do it?

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