Questions About Running In The Morning

Okay so yesterday I actually got up to exercise in the morning. I know, I know…”Wow Patty you actually woke up early??” 

I budgeted time for a 30 minute workout. The night before my mom and I said we’d go for a run but when I woke up I knew that wasn’t happening. I felt like a zombie! I was still groggy and tired as I brushed my teeth and got changed. I put on my sneakers but told my mom we would just have to go for a walk…a run would be way too jarring at that moment.

And then I thought, how do people do this?? Just roll out of bed and go for a run?? We ended up walking a 1/2 mile, and then doing some hill sprints on this steep hill by my house (30 sec. sprints) and then walking back. I’d say that was a pretty good way to start my day!

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So morning people, here are a few questions for you:

  • Do you just roll out of bed, brush your teeth, change and go for a run? Do you feel totally awake when you start running?
  • OR do you budget time to get up, eat breakfast, digest, slowly wake up and then go running?
  • Are you hungry when you wake up? Because I’m hungry and need to eat something first.
  • If you’re not a morning runner, but do exercise in the morning what other workouts would you suggest that would be a bit less “intense” than running. I think I’d rather just run in the evening when I’m most energized.
  • If you drink coffee before a run, how much time beforehand do you drink it?
  • Anyone do lunch time runs? 

Those are just a few questions I have for you ;) I’m considering doing other forms of exercise in the AM as well. I’m not training for anything right now, so I think for me something like yoga or going for a bike ride would be better. I’m just NOT a morning person!! I wish I was like Dan, who’s alarm goes off and he jumps out of bed and is ready to go. I snooze about 2-3 times every morning. I budget in snooze time (anyone else?).

I have the most energy at night. I’m pretty wired and ready to go, and most nights I have to make myself go to bed because I know I need my 8 hours, not because I’m feeling tired at all. I could easily stay up until past midnight doing work if I wanted to. But I do wish I could be a morning person!

I’d love to hear your answers to some of my questions…I’d really appreciate it!

Are you a morning person? Do you just hop out of bed and are ready to go? I’m jealous.


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  1. i’m a morning runner! this is what i normally do: lay my clothes out the night before. wake up, do all my bathroom stuff (potty, brush teeth, etc.) and then i go. i pop on my shoes, get my water and leave. if i’m doing a long run (more than 6 miles) then i will wake up a bit early and eat something as soon as i crawl out of bed and then continue on w/my routine. it gets easier, i promise!
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  2. I am an early morning runner, my alarm clock goes off, my clothes are laid out with my watch and headphones, I get ready, wash my face, brush my teeth, throw my hair up and put on sunscreen and deodorant and I am out the door in less than 10 minutes. It’s tough when you first start the routine but now I don’t think about it.
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  3. On weekends I get up and have breakfast then let my stomach settle for about an hour before I head out. But I think I want to try some morning weekday runs to beat the heat after work. I don’t want to have to get up THAT early to let my stomach settle but i’m hungry in the morning! I think I will try a banana and see how that goes.
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  4. I am definitely a morning person. My high energy day is morning time. If I put off a workout to do in the afternoon or evening I really know in the back of my mind it likely isn’t getting done. That said here are some answers to your questions. Typically it’s up, change, workout (run, at home, whatever is planned for that day). I will usually down my glass of water beforehand but that’s about it. I rarely eat before. I just don’t feel the need. If I wake up feeling hungry I may have a small handful of almonds or 1/2 of a banana but that’s the most. 99% of the time it’s just the water. By the time I am dressed and out the door I do feel ready to go. Congrats on getting up and making it happen. I’m a strong advocate for people scheduling their workouts during their best time of day. :)
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    • I’ll admit I did feel good afterwards but I just don’t have the same amount of energy as I do in the evenings. I was nervous to start full out running because my body just felt half asleep still. Maybe morning walks will have to do :)

  5. I have a piece of bread with peanut butter on it, or oatmeal and almond butter before I run if my stomach is empty. I’m lucky to not really deal with cramps, so it works for me. I wait to drink coffee until afterwards though.
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    • Yeah if I drink coffee I will have to wait an hour to go out…1) I might puke up coffee 2)I gotta wait to “take care of business” if you know what I mean lol

  6. I’m a runner turned triathlete, and about as far from being a morning person as you can get. But sometimes I have to work out in the morning. For runs I get up, have a coffee, some peanut butter (on a spoon) and a half a banana, wait a bit until my ‘morning business’ is done, and head out. It probably takes half an hour or so. I’m much better with morning swims. But those require going somewhere, and so usually don’t happen for an hour or so after I’m up. I eat more of a regular breakfast, just smaller, for that. So a piece of toast, some coffee, and some protein, either PBS or cheese on the toast, or a little Greek yogurt. I never like it, and even though races are always in the morning and so it would be good practice, I can’t bring myself around to doing it unless I absolutely have to.
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    • I’m so glad someone can relate!! Sometimes I feel like I’m the only one who just can’t drag myself out of bed in the AM, because I see everyone else posting about their morning workouts. I agree it’d be nice to get used to be for races but…I’d just rather workout in the evenings ;)

  7. I am mostly a morning runner. I know if I have a tough workout planned if I wait until after work I will be in my head and psych myself out. Ex. speed work days are usually 8+ miles and not only is that a bigger run but mentally tough. After 10 hours at work oof no way. I just suck it up and get my butt out of bed. I also have stomach issues so usually do not eat anything prior maybe have some water. But today I was so so hungry I had to alter my workout.
    Biggest thing is be prepared to get out the door. Have everything laid out so you don’t waste time! It’s a tough transition but I like having productive mornings. At night I am a pumpkin and want to be in bed at like 9 :)
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    • see I’m the total opposite. If I do a hard workout in the AM I psych myself out because I’m like “I’m so tired. ” “I’m too tired I can’t run fast enough.” Or I’m thinking about how I have to get up early all night and don’t fall asleep! I’m weird like that lol

  8. I am a morning runner! I get up, brush my teeth, put my clothes on, and drink a big glass of water to rehydrate myself. I usually pee then and head out the door. If it’s under 6 miles, I won’t eat anything. Or, if I wake up and I am hungry, I’ll have a scoop of peanut butter with my water and then head out the door. That’s just what works for me, though. But, if I’m going to the gym in the morning and not running, I’ll get up and have a light pre-workout breakfast (granola bar with water) and then eat regular breakfast after the gym!
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    • Somehow I have an easier time getting up to go to the gym than getting up to run – not sure why. A scoop of PB always does the trick for me too when I’m hungry.

  9. I have to run in the mornings or I won’t run at all! Even when I’m in training, I’ll wake up as early as 4:30 to get in a run. Yep, I mostly roll out of bed, brush teeth, throw on clothes & go. No coffee before. I wish I could say I’m good enough to lay out my clothes the night before but I don’t.
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    • 4:30? What time do you go to bed? I’d need to go to bed by like 830 because I need my 8 hours haha. Also love your blog name – clearly fits you very well!

  10. I am a total morning runner. I get up at 520 and go to the bathroom and brush my teeth. Then I change do a quick stretch and I’m out the door. I walk for the first .25 miles to my starting point then I take off. I’m awake but I also have a baby who wakes up every few hours still so I don’t know if I ever really get to sleep!
    I work 9-12 hours a day and we have 7 kids so if I don’t get a workout in early I won’t get it at all.
    I also do lunchtime runs when possible. If we have a patient cancel I throw on my gear and go 2-5 miles, depending on how long I have. I just always bring a gym bag with me. I also will run to work 8.5 miles to get it in !

    • wow thats amazing! 520?! I can’t imagine. And good idea to always have your gym bag too. I’ve been in situations where I have a chance to workout but don’t have my gear on me. If I were to “runmute” to work it’d be about 10 miles…maybe when I’m marathon training I’ll do that ;)

  11. when i *used* to run… i would get out of bed and go run without eating anything.. however if i was running 6 miles or more, i had a banana and pb or toast and pb – in my opinion, an hour or more is too long to go without any fuel!
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  12. Stacey Niedzwiecki says:

    I am definitely NOT a morning person, but I work out best first thing. I leave myself about an hour after waking up, brushing my teeth, and throwing on some clothes. I go for 1 cup of coffee (MUST have caffeine) and something light such as toast with peanut butter. Then I get my water and stretch and head on out. I’m usually still tired till I start running, but good music and the coffee kicking in help.

    • Yeah I think the best thing for me would to slowly wake up and give myself an hour too. But most days I’m just like, hey I want that extra hour of sleep lol

  13. I’m definitely a morning runner. I sleep in my workout clothes and have my shoes un-tied and ready to go. If I don’t run first thing there’s a slim chance it’s going to happen later in the day!
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    • I’ve tried sleeping in my clothes too and that does little to motivate me in the morning haha. I’m just all about the evening workouts I guess. Even if I come home tired I am more able to make myself exercise at that time than in the AM.

  14. I roll out of bed and GO! No thinking, no stopping to eat, no nothing, I just GO! :) Then when it’s over, I feel phenomenal and I can take on the rest of the day – my work out does NOT get in the way at all!
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  15. I’m LOVING these comments! I always wish I could become a morning exerciser but right now I have early clients, so I’d have to wake up at like 5am to fit it in! When my schedule changes I may attempt it. I’d love to have the workout done for the day! I know I’d have to start at a super slow jog though, can’t shock my body ;)
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  16. I’m definitely a morning runner. I just roll out of bed and go. I’m sometimes I little groggy starting out, but I usually start with a short walk to wake myself up a bit. By the time I’m mid-run, I’m usually pretty awake and can finish strong. What keeps me motivated to work out in the mornings is the feeling I have the rest of the day. I’m 10x’s more energized and focused if I can get moving first thing in the morning. I don’t usually eat anything before I go unless I’m just really hungry or didn’t have a decent dinner the night before. If you eat something early though, eat something easy on the stomach like half a banana or 2-3 peanut butter crackers. Just enough to hold you over before you come home and eat your full breakfast right after your run/workout.
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  17. Sorry, I didn’t fully type in my name in my first comment. I tried to edit it, but I don’t see a way to do that. I don’t go by “Heat” haha. If you’re able to change it (I’m not sure if you can either), then I’d appreciate it! :)
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  18. Hi Patty,
    I am very much a morning person. I wake up at 6am most mornings (when not woken up at 4.30 by my cats) ready for the day ahead. When I’m in training I get up at 5 for a run before work. I get up, have breakfast (porridge with fruit and coffee) and hydrate as much as I can. I get dressed, brush my teeth and then head for work. Once there I go out to the river for a run there. So I would say I run before work, but I don’t get out of bed and run…I need some food, digestion and hydration for any magic to happen! I’m back in training now so I will have to start this routine all over again…

  19. Allie Gordon says:

    I am a huge morning person! I actually prefer to run in the morning that’s when I do the best but I am starving when I wake up and you really just have to set your alarm and zombie walk to the kitchen and make some coffee and oatmeal and sit down and eat, honestly by the time you get ready I’m sure you’ll be feeling a little more ready for your run! I like running in the morning because then there is a definite guarantee I will get my run in that day and then if I wanna do a lift or yoga in the afternoon I can!

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