My birthday run on the 11th kicked off a week of early morning running. I am more determined than ever to make it a habit to wake up early and run.

Finishing my run under the light of the stars means a couple {okay more than a couple} of things.

1. I’m not stressing about when I am going to fit in my run for the day.

2. I am not worried about whether or not I should eat breakfast. I don’t typically eat anything before I run but if I won’t be able to run till 11 or so then I need to eat something.

3. I don’t have to worry about if the boys want to go to the gym or not. I don’t go if they don’t want to go.

4. I don’t feel like a terrible mother for running on the treadmill while they are awake. {which is not currently an option right now anyways – I burnt up the belt?? – too many miles?!?}

5. I am showered and ready for the day by 7 am. It’s a good feeling and I’m more productive the whole day.

6. I get more accomplished and feel more present.

7. I feel happier.



Last week the temperature was around 55 – 60 for all of my morning runs. Getting up when the rest of the town is sleeping to run under the stars isn’t as bad when it’s warm.

The temptation to turn off my alarm this morning was HUGE. I hit snooze three times and almost talked myself out of running. 40 degrees in the dark did NOT seem very fun.

Once I was running I told myself {and that little voice in my head that likes to try to talk me out of running} that running is running and EVERY single run is a RUN I GET to go on. No complaints here.

Today marked the 8th week day of early morning running. I think I’m well on my way to making this a habit.


I haven’t been recording my runs here lately because I am not really training for anything. The crazy part of me wants to be training for a marathon right now but the more rational side of me is enjoying running as far as I want, when I want, how often I want and not caring about the pace, distance or frequency.

  • Friday April 12: 6 miles – 8:15 avg – 8:43, 8:08, 8:08, 8:22, 8:25, 7:55
  • Saturday April 13: 7 miles – 8:06 avg – 8:33, 8:33, 8:38, 8:19, 7:42, 7:31, 7:20
  • Sunday April 14: 9 miles – 8:22 avg – 8:29, 8:45, 8:50, 9:17, 8:09, 8:35, 7:43, 7:41, 7:47 {hilly – hence the up and down paces}
  • Monday April 15: 5 miles – 8:23 avg – 9:00, 8:30, 8:21, 8:06, 7:56
  • Tuesday April 16: 8 miles – 8:18 avg – 8:34, 8:17, 8:21, 8:11, 8:02, 8:33, 8:22, 8:07
  • Wednesday April 17: 8 miles – 8:17 avg – 8:35, 8:27, 8:17, 8:37, 8:16, 8:25, 8:03, 7:34
  • Thursday April 18: 9 miles – 7:43 avg – 8:35, 8:05, 7:49, 7:38, 7:14, 7:28, 7:27, 7:34, 7:29
  • Friday April 19: 8 miles – 8:16 avg – 8:54, 8:19, 8:19, 8:15, 8:29, 8:12, 8:17, 7:21
  • Saturday April 20: 12 miles – 8:37 avg {my favorite hilly route hence the dramatic pace range} 8:36, 8:58, 9:14, 9:43, 8:20, 8:08, 8:35, 8:57, 7:57, 9:12, 7:44, 7:54
  • Sunday April 21: REST DAY
  • Monday April 22: 7 miles – 8:11 avg – 8:43, 8:48, 8:16, 8:07, 8:07, 7:42, 7:34


Not training for anything also has it’s benefits. More time for other things……and no stressing about whether staying up too late is going to mess up my workout the next day.

Miles’s 5th Birthday is this week so rather than buy him new toys {he does not NEED more} – I want to focus on making memories.

Friday night he wanted to go to Udvar Hazy Air & Space Museum.

Air and Space 2

Air and Space 1





Saturday it was Chuck E Cheese. {I feel like a super hero when I take three kids to that place alone – anyone else feel this way?!?!} National Zoo is next up on his birthday list. Really hoping it warms up a tad so we can head there this weekend!

Chuck E Cheese

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  1. Dorothy, I need to print this out to remind myself why I am trying to (once again) become a morning runner!! Love the shots of Udvar-Hazy.

  2. I am sooooo a morning runner. I hate it when the alarm goes off, hate the first 2 miles, feel better once I hit mile 3, and then I’m thrilled when it’s all done! I agree that not having to worry about fitting a run in later in the day is totally worth getting up early!!!!

  3. 8 days of morning running? Well done! Getting organised enough in the mornings to head for a run before work is something I want to aim for by the end of Spring. I feel so much happier after a run and can relate to points 1, 2, 4 (with the boyfriend rather than kids), 5, 6 and 7 above!

  4. The museum was fun I bet! Great job on waking up early and running. I am not a morning person so I would rather go to the gym at night.

  5. liz witte says:

    I’m a morning runner all year round. It doesn’t matter when the time changes, it is always dark at 5am. It is hard to get up and out when it is cold, but I know if I don’t go then I most likely won’t get another chance since I work full time, have three girls that are not old enough to be left at home while I run and too many after school activities anyways. It’s a great way to start the day. I love having the world to myself at that early hour and there are way less cars to worry about. Keep up the good habit and enjoy your early morning runs!

  6. I love my morning workouts, I have gotten out of the habit since spring break so I am getting back on track this week. I am glad the weather is warming too, I love early morning runs on the trail by my house!

  7. I’m most excited when I am preparing for a big race/event. I am happiest when I’m running without a plan. Preparing for stuff makes it feel more like a job, and takes away some of the excitement away. Only the super long runs make me really happy. But when I just hit some random trails and vanish for an hour or two in blissful life, that’s when running feels the most pure.

  8. Early morning runs can be so hard, but once you get into the habit, they’re truly awesome, and obviously so much easier when it is warm out. HA! I’m with you though too with the no eating. As long as I’ve had a cup of hot coffee and water to carry with me I’m good to go. XOXO

  9. Yay for running just for the fun of running… running like a child!

    I enjoy early morning runs and so I can watch the sun rise! I love the Udvar Hazy, and really loved it when my husband’s company had their Christmas parties there!

  10. You’re so right those first steps out the door in the morning are so difficult, but I love being out there in the quiet, the stars and the moon that change to a beautiful sunrise. I have seen such amazing things that I would never see if I were sleeping.. what is it about running in the dark that I love so much? If it weren’t so damn hard to get up!

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