I’m at the point with morning running that I crave it. At night I look forward to going to bed so I can get up early. I look forward to browsing instagram while drinking my coffee in almost darkness. I enjoy those first black moments outside and the sound of hundreds of birds awake and singing.

I’m beginning to realize that though I often say I am not a morning person, maybe I actually am.

I enjoy a night out or two. But only for a night out or two and then I miss my routine. I miss waking up while the rest of the world is sleeping.

I started running as early as I do out of necessity, but it has become something I love.

I guess in a way it is sort of similar to running. I began running because it was the fastest weigh to lose weight and along the way I fell in love.

It’s making me realize that often we don’t know what we want, or what is best for us.

Something we may hate at first may become a passion.

If you are reading this and thinking to yourself. Yes BUT she is good at running, or she has been running for forever, or she just said she enjoyed waking up  early —- think about the fact that you may just be giving yourself excuses as to why you don’t love running or why you can’t get up really early. We make choices in life. Even if you don’t love running now, that doesn’t mean you won’t in the future. If you aren’t a morning person now, that doesn’t mean you can’t be in the future. The decisions you make today determine what you will look and feel like years from now. If you want to be a runner – it’s not hard – just one foot in front of the other. Don’t over think it.


This morning I had just enough time for 8 miles. I started out slow, as I do most mornings – it takes a little while for my body and brain to wake up.

I’m enjoying my new Timex and the different features than it has from my garmin. I like that I can see the ascent and descent on each mile in the review mode. It really is amazing how your pace and effort can differ based on elevation gain and loss.

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  • Mile 1: 8:49 – a: 223 – d:154
  • Mile 2: 8:40 – a: 26 – d:108
  • Mile 3: 8:42 – a:75 – d:29
  • Mile 4: 8:23 – a:16 – d:59
  • Mile 5: 8:31 – a:42 – d:49
  • Mile 6: 8:26 – a:55 – d:26
  • Mile 7: 8:01 – a:68 – d:16
  • Mile 8: 7:02 – a:3 – d:95

This morning I had one of those *today is the first day of the rest of my life* moments. There are some things in my life that I don’t like and some things about me that really bother me. I have an open struggle with OCD thoughts and at times they can take me to the highest of highs but often they can take me to the lowest of lows. Today was a low point. I decided on that run that today was day one. That I work best with numbers.

Today is day 67 with no soy milk and no soy lattes. {I have a feeling that too much soy in my diet was messing with my hormones}. So I am going to take the same approach I did to start to overcome my soy habit to help me with other things in my life. Keeping track, keeps me accountable. Maybe it’s why I like running. So many numbers to analyze – so many numbers to motivate me.

Today is the first day of the rest of my life.



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  1. I totally agree with you on the whole waking up before the rest of the world to run. i find so much peace in running the streets of Chicago so early that it’s actually quiet. It doesn’t feel like a city at the time. It’s a beautiful time to really get in tuned with myself.

    I also love running in the mornings because of the others runners who are out there with me. You know those are the dedicated, the one’s who are slightly crazy like you. You have to love the running connection that is made without even saying hello.

  2. I have been a 4 or 5AM runner for just over 24 years now … I will do evenings as a ‘double’, and mid-days on weekends as family schedule dictates … but pre-dawn is MY time of the day.

    It is funny – I had a paper route since I was 11 so I had to do early morning stuff since way back, but was a night owl in undergrad school. But immediately after that I switched back to the mornings when I started running.

  3. Love your blog and love this post!!! I suck at running, but I love it so much that I keep at it. Not because I want to suck less, but because I just love it so much. I don’t care that I suck (and actually that kinda takes the pressure off)
    Morning, afternoon, or evening. It’s all good. I call it moving meditation :)

  4. It’s not so much about getting up early that is hard as it is about going to bed early because I HAAAAVE to get 8 hours of sleep to be functional. I’m trying to train my mind and body to shut down before 10PM, to be in bed by that time, start winding down my thoughts with a little Nick at Nite. Especially now that it’s summer time and it gets too hot to run during the day. It’s taking awhile to lull myself to sleep earlier and I miss a lot of early morning opportunities because even if I do get in bed early, I sometimes can’t fall asleep until the time at which my body is accustomed to falling asleep. It’s taking some time to train my brain to get out of its circadian comfort zone, but doing so is the biggest impairment to my being able to get up early. But like you, I love waking up early when it’s dark and hearing all the birds singing. It’s worth forgoing my night owl ways to hear the early birds!

  5. Can you tell me the model number of the TIMEX watch you are using! thanks so much~ We are all sharing this fabulous JOURNEY together. Some days are good..some days not so good..some days just OUTSTANDING~ As I said today to my bodyworks class.. I am so loving this STAGE in MY LIFE~ I did my first Marathon last Oct at 55 years old. Can’t wait until I do another… Never would have believed it 6 years again when I began this Journey to A Healthier and Fit life as a 50th bday present to myself. 75# pounds later… I am talking the talk as I walk the walk. Don’t take any healthy day for granted!
    SO blessed and so LUCKY and so HAPPY~

    xoLisa :)

  6. I love that peaceful time of morning as well! I feel so alive yet so calm. I am focused, energized, excited for the day to start, and to hit the pavement. I’ve noticed the birds are chirping very early and loud, but then when the sun slowly starts to rise they quiet down. On these early runs, I choose not to listen to music, but soak up the heat, the beauty, and just let my mind do its thing. It is pretty amazing!

  7. Since summer started I have been waking up early to run and now just love it. It’s nice to be out before it gets too hot and full of other stuff!

  8. It’s like you read my mind! I have been craving early morning runs lately. Yes, it is still hard for me to wake up but once I do my whole day is brighter. I love the cool morning air and the semi darkness. I also love the empty city streets :-)

  9. I love getting up and getting my run in before the rest of the world wakes up! It’s the most peaceful and relaxing time of day!

  10. Hi Dorothy, I really loved this post. Quick question – do you usually get up early and have a coffee before you head out got your run? Or do you get up and head straight out? Just curious – I’m big on morning routines and I love to hear other people’s!

  11. Hi, thanks for sharing this post. I can relate to it. I also used to think that I am a night person. But I realized that it’s unhealthy so I disciplined my self to wake up early and work early so I can also go to bed early. I am more productive since then.

  12. Very nice post!
    How early do you wake up and how long do you sleep usually? It sounds that morning runs are perfect for me :)!

  13. I remember when you first started getting up early… I’m so glad it has become easier and a habit. I love running right at that moment when the sun is coming up… it feels like you have the whole world to yourself :-)

  14. Thank you for the motivation! I am going to start running again. I hate it at first but then I feel like I really accomplished something when I’m done. I want to get in shape!

  15. I have such a hard time waking up early in the morning for works, but I easily wake up on the weekend at 6:00 or 7:00 to run. It’s amazing how much better i feel when I wake up and exercise vs waking up and going straight into a hectic workday.

  16. “The decisions you make today determine what you will look and feel like years from now. If you want to be a runner – it’s not hard – just one foot in front of the other. Don’t over think it.”

    So true!

  17. Thanks for such an interesting read! and motivational; we can all learn from this that if we put our heart and soul into it, we can love our routine!. Running that early may require special kit, to keep you warm in the winter or seen and safe, I have a running specialist sports shop, check our my site as I’d love to support you and your lifestyle any way I can

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