Tuesday night I set my alarm for what I consider a *literally insane hour of the morning*

When my alarm went off it was surprisingly easy to get out of bed. I was not looking forward to the run, but to the post run bliss. I was looking forwarding to sitting on my front porch sipping coffee, listening to bugs and birds, knowing that I had run 6 or more miles before most people even wake up.

My run was not fast compared to my speedy Tuesday run but that didn’t matter to me.

Thursday my speedy friend met me again for another fast for me 7 miles. [in case you were wondering just how SPEEDY she is – her marathon PR is 2:46:38!!!]

  • Mile 1: 7:22
  • Mile 2: 7:39
  • Mile 3: 7:24
  • Mile 4: 7:13
  • Mile 5: 7:22
  • Mile 6: 7:17
  • Mile 7: 7:14

3 days. Could I do a 4th?

Thursday night I again set my alarm for o’dark thirty and headed to bed before 9. When my alarm went off I hit snooze. I was tempted for a brief moment to skip the run or wait till the kids woke up and push the triple.

I thought about how strong my triple stroller run was that Monday and told myself that in some way I wanted that to be my last triple stroller run of the summer. I wanted to end the summer of 2012 by running one of the fastest triple stroller miles I’ve run. It worked enough to get me out of bed. 7 miles later I was HIGH on life. I was proud of myself for running my easy run easy and for simply running.

  • Mile 1: 9:12
  • Mile 2: 8:51
  • Mile 3: 9:10
  • Mile 4: 8:46
  • Mile 5: 8:56
  • Mile 6: 8:54
  • Mile 7:  8:16

4 days. I made it 4 days.

I’m trying to make this morning thing a habit – so until I’m sure I won’t give up on it – I’ll keep waking up at this crazy hour and pounding the pavement.

This morning my speedy friend again met me for 7 miles. The miles literally FLY by with her. We talk the entire time and I find myself shocked at the pace I can hold while talking. I know she is not only helping me mentally but physically as well.

  • Mile 1: 7:53
  • Mile 2: 7:25
  • Mile 3: 7:25
  • Mile 4: 7:18
  • Mile 5: 7:21
  • Mile 6: 7:14
  • Mile 7: 7:23

I know she has changed my life simply by helping me create this soon-to-be-habit.

It’s better for me but also for my family.

Park by 9:30am? Sure.

Sticky buns in our PJ’s instead of cereal in a bag in a stroller? Yes please.

Ice Cream before lunch? Why not.

It also has been helping my self esteem [which has been semi in the pits lately]. Often times I have been staying in my running clothes all day or changing into sweats and telling myself I would shower when Colton went down for a nap. It typically didn’t happen. I’d end up feeling gross all day and shying away from my reflection in a mirror. When I did get dressed – I thought to myself – better take a picture – might not be another week before your hair isn’t greasy and thrown up in a bun.

Running early has allowed me to shower and get dressed, put on a little make up and not feel rushed if I want to blow dry my hair. It makes me feel a little bit more put together and better armed to handle the craziness of our days. I personally believe that how you feel on the inside projects to the outside. When I feel confident on the inside – I’m confident on the outside. When I feel ugly, out of shape, or gross – then I don’t want to leave my house and I get snippy easily. It’s taken me years to figure this out about myself.

When you feel happy I also think you project your happiness on to others and vice versa. Feel crappy about yourself and you probably act a little bit bitter to others. Feel good about yourself and you probably act a little bit nicer. Maybe that means letting in the person trying to get over on the road, or maybe that means reading to your kids at night just a little bit longer. What ever it may mean to you is probably different but I’d say that confidence and happiness in oneself not only benefits you but others.


Tomorrow WILL be day 5. I will make this a habit….I will…..



  1. I love it!! Keep it up!! I am an early morning girl myself, although not as speedy as your friend or you. I had been working towards that speed until my hammy injury in March and now with marathon training I am just kicking it at 9 to 9:30 paces most days. I hope to get my speed back someday, but for now my body says to take it easy. I am listening. I also love coming home from my early morning run and enjoying my quiet cup of coffee. As always you are inspiring. Great post!!

  2. Thank you Jolene! Hope you have a great week :)

  3. Amazing pace! That is speedy! I’m just trying to get into the 9 minutes, but slowly but surely getting there! I used to run 12 minute plus miles before, now I’m sub 10 on short runs and 10:30s on longer runs! Love this post and couldn’t agree more that how you feel inside TOTALLY reflects your outside and affects every aspect of your life. When I haven’t worked out, put on a few pounds, or eating junk, I def act differently towards myself and others than when I’m consistently running and eating healthy. It only took me 40 years to realize that! :o) btw, my husband saw you and your cute family at the Leesburg 20k race, but he was too shy to say hello.

  4. Love this! I’ll be back to 5 am in a few weeks it’s difficult EVERY morning…I often sleep in my running clothes to cut out that 5 minutes of prep!

  5. I used to run at night after work and I skipped a ton of runs. Once I got home, changed, and saw my couch or my bed all of my energy was zapped out of me. Getting up at 5am or earlier 4 days a week isn’t fun, but it’s allowing me to get my runs in before I go to work and that’s exactly what I needed.

    Keep it up! You’re doing great!

  6. I lay mine out the night before so I can just get dressed in the dark :) that 5 minutes can make a difference in the am!!

  7. Thank you Tricia!! I use to run 11 minute miles 😉 so I bet some day REALLY soon you can work into the 9’s!!! Oh I wish he had said hi – I was kicking myself for not signing up to run it!! How did he do??

  8. I need to do this!!! I have been feeling so less than motivated this week. My runs have been slow. I have been setting my alarm early and then turning it off and running later. With school starting and me teaching my kids I need to go early…it is just a matter of doing it! Thanks for the encouragement!
    PS. Your friend is WAY awesomely fast!!!!

  9. Best of luck to you with Day 5!
    While I don’t enjoy hearing my alarm at 4:40am, I do like that can run, shower and be ready for my day before the kids get up. I find that I get pretty cranky when I don’t have my “me time” before the chaos ensues.

  10. I need to absorb some of your habit-making and make my own habit of running in the morning =) You are a rockstar!

  11. I’m finding myself unable to get out of bed at 6am to run now the mornings are darker…I feel like such a lightweight compared to your morning runs!! But yes, your mornings sound so much nicer for all of you if you can make this into a habit!! Congratulations – you have amazing strength of mind.
    And your friend is unbelievably fast. Can anyone seriously run a marathon in that kind of time????

  12. Go girl! Those are some speedy times for that hour (or any hour!). And I am so guilty of staying in my running clothes all day “waiting for the kids to nap,” when I never actually want to put on make-up or dry my hair by that time anyways. I swear if I just wore real clothes everyday it would inspire to lose the last few baby weight pounds!

  13. I hope so! I actually ran the 20k, and my husband watched/brought our 3 kids to cheer me on. I did great and met my goal time. New PR since it’s my first 20k! When I was on the W&OD trail, I had a fleeting thought that you may be running the race and I would have been excited to see you, but no dice! :o)

  14. “I was not looking forward to the run, but to the post run bliss.”

    This is exactly what gets me up early on Saturdays! I haven’t figured out how to make myself get up before work and go (I have to be there before 7). But at least I get the full day post run feelings on the weekends!
    Great job! It looks like you are well on your way to making it a habit, maybe this will be my inspiration!

  15. So great that you are making it a habit! I’ll try to use you as an inspiration to get up early and workout, too. My days are exactly like yours — wearing workout gear, hair in a bun, no shower, etc. all day until I run. And then I usually don’t have time to shower afterwards and only get a quick shower in before bed (or sometimes not at all!). So I never feel really “good” about myself.

    My dilemma is that my husband goes to work at 5:30am so there is no way I can get my run in before he leaves for work. That means I am forced to run on the treadmill in the basement if I want to run before the kids wake up. If I wait and run after kids are in preschool/school, I can run outside. So I always stay in bed and tell myself it is so that I can run outside later. But the reality is that I’m just too lazy to get up at 5:30! Even if it means running on a treadmill, I think it would be worth it to be done so early in the morning and be able to shower, relax with my coffee, have breakfast with the kiddos and know my run was already done.

    Okay…tomorrow will be day 1 for me!!


  16. it’s amazing how empowering it is to create a new positive habit like getting up early to run. Last winter I did this (not nearly as early as you had to) but it was the only way for me to get in a run in the months of December, January and February. It was hard: cold temps, darkness, snow those are all huge deterrents. But when you get up with the alarm, pull on those shoes and get going you feel on top of the world! Especially when you get to see the sun rise:-) It is so true: you feel more confident when you have the day ahead of you. I’ll probably have to start doing the same this winter and I’ll look at this post for my motivation:) Thanks for sharing!

  17. This post is so awesome!!! That is great, I am finding myself doing the opposite I went from running 6 days a week to running three days, I don’t know what it is, I just know lately I have been so burnt out from work and torn being home with my kids. My son begs me to stay home but we are not ready for that transition, I want to be able run not on a time restriction, I just feel rushed in the morning.

    I am so happy for you!!!

  18. Not only is the pace amazing but also your dedication and commitment! I find myself being happier when I get my run in super early but I don`t think I am currently in a state where I could get up THAT early with the studying I have to do. But since sometimes that might just be an excuse I`ll let this post inspire me to do good and get up bright and early. I need some speedy friends now.. that would be great. I barely know any other runners personally (living abroad/language problems) but lately I am finding more friends who are crazy enough to join me. Again, great post!

  19. It can be really hard to get out of bed early in the morning to go on a run, but it’s always worth it after you finish your workout. It’s nice to be done early so you don’t have to worry about when you’re going to fit in your run later. Good luck with your new habit–if you want it badly enough, you’ll make it happen.

  20. Yes, Yes, Yes!!! Early morning running is really the best way to go. Frees up the whole day and gets it out of the way first thing. And you don’t have to use a stroller! It’s totally easy to get used to once you are used to falling asleep a little earlier in the evenings. Go you!

  21. Alexandra F says:

    That’s great that you are waking up so early-when do you make up for the lost sleep?

  22. Props to you for making the AM switch! I’ve struggled with it for awhile now and go through periods when it’s really easy and periods when it’s pretty tough. We roll with the punches, I guess!

  23. I would kill for a speedy running partner like that! My running partner now is my garmin;-) My ideal time to run is early am, unfortunately I have a 2 year that gets up at what I deem to be an insane hour of the day, so my hubs and I alternate getting up with him, meaning I can’t run early when it’s my turn. It’s so nice having the whole day though, and I feel so much better about myself too. You should feel so good about those runs! Keep it up mama!!:)

  24. I completely agree with the pros of running early morning! When I do, the run high lasts all day and I feel fantastic and “on” for my full work day! If I run after work, then I have to really watch my eating through the day (to make sure I don’t get tummy problems by eating too close to the run, or not close enough). Maybe it’s just me, but I think that running in the afternoon/evening seems to make the run high shorter since after that it’s off to shower, make dinner and bed.

  25. Good luck! I am a morning person because of my job. I find you can get so much more done in the day when you get the tough stuff over with early. Getting up early isn’t always easy– but it’s rewarding. I hope it keeps going well.

  26. I’m so proud of you! This is something I KNOW I need to do for all the same reasons you mentioned but I have to start going to bed earlier. :(

    Hopefully you will continue this trend.

  27. i definitely miss having my speedy friend nearby. my paces were clearly improving from running consistently with her.

    I am a morning runner without a doubt, but it did take a process of learning that and now I can’t imagine being any other way

  28. Amanda Chalifour says:

    Congrats on making it a habit, it is hard, but so worth it as you said for both you and your kids. I am a morning runner and have been getting up early all summer, but it is now dark when I want to get up and run and my husband is worried about me running in the dark. Problem is if I don’t get it done in the am there is a great chance I won’t get it done due to husband’s schedule (12+ hour days) and I only have a single running stroller, but two kids :-) Do you trail run? Do you use some sort of light? Any dark running tips?

  29. I wish. I could run in the mornings…..for some reason I just feel so rushed and worried about getting ready in time for work.

  30. Soo happy for you you found a morning running buddy! I think I would be able to run in the morning if somebody would run with me. There is no better way to start a day with a run and chit chatting with a friend :)

  31. Awesome, D! I know my sister switched to morning runs on most days not too long ago and it really helped out her kids’ schedules too. More play time!

    I’m not a mom, but running in the morning helps me get things done throughout the day as well, and leaves me less wired at night. There’s nothing worse than waking up groggy because an evening run left me too excited to go to sleep. I’m much more happy with waking up groggy because it’s time for my early run and I’m about to go energize myself for the day!

  32. Great post thank you!! I recently went back to work and for the first 2 weeks I got up at dark othirty as well (every other day I run)….and then I got vacation (yes vacation after only 3 weeks back to work)…and since every morning when my alarm goes off, I snooze and say tonight – when tonight comes no running happens or a short run happens – I needed a bit of a push and remindeer why I run in the am.
    Thanks – and setting the alarm for tomorrow morning!!

  33. For years I have gotten up at o’dark thirty (5AM) and ran or did the gym. This summer has been nice, I have actually slept in till 6 or 6:30…training for a triathlon and not working…but I am babysitting my granddaughter starting next week… she will arrive at 7:30…back to o’dark thirty, and it is only getting darker…
    Hope you make this a habit…it is so nice to do all those family things and when I see another runner later in the day I can say to myself…been there, done that!!!! Good Luck

  34. I LOVE morning runs before my kids are awake and the hubs leaves for work. They are my best days. In a few months my husband has a schedule change and will be leaving for work by 5:30am–which will cancel out those morning runs unless I find a friend to run with me at 4:30am. Keep it up. It’s so worth it! I find that sometimes I need a little break from the early wake-ups, but after a week or two, I’m ready to get back to them.

  35. Corrina – it will be tough to get in a run before your husband leaves at that time – but trust me it’s doable and I’ve realized that there are actually MANY runners who get up at 4 – 4:30 am to run every day!!! Once I make it a habit I think I am going to need a little break too but until then I’m loving it :)

  36. Did you go for a run Angela?? I find texting someone to make me be accountable helps to not hit snooze!! :)

  37. Before I became a mom I always ran in the morning before work – I am not a good night runner at all! I enjoy having it done so I don’t make an excuse not to do it :)

  38. Sadly I did not go last week, but this morning I did get back on the morning running…and it was great, cool, quiet, just me and my dog and the stars!! Your post runs through my mind when I need to get up but don’t want to. (I also did morning runs on the weekend – but not at dark o clock!!)
    Thanks – keep blogging!!

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