I've never been a morning person, let alone a morning runner. Ive also felt that when I run in the morning, I get short of breath, my strides are uneven, I'm more likely to get a side stitch, etc., etc. However, I went running in the morning a couple days this week, and although I felt pretty craptastic during one of my runs, I felt pretty good during my second morning run. Actually, I felt great. It was nice and cool in the am (about fifty eight degrees), my breathing stayed pretty even, and I set a new pr of 9 mpm! So I'm thinking that I might start running in the morning more often. Here are some perks to morning runs:
1. It's generally cooler in the morning than it is mid-afternoon, so this, or running at dusk is the best time of day to head out in the summer, unless you enjoy being chained to your treadmill.
2. Most races take place in the morning, so you can get your body acclimated to the time of day that a race is being held.
3. If you live on a busy street, there aren't as many cars on the road at 5 a.m.
4. If you have a busy day ahead of you, you can get up early and just get your run done and out of the way, instead of waiting until later in the day, and then having to skip your workout.
5. Morning workouts actually help you wake up so that you're more alert throughout the rest of the day.
If that doesn't give you a reason to head out in the morning, I don't know what will! I'm off to run the Worcester Firefighters Memorial 6k, will post a recap within the next few days!