I am not a morning runner.
I don’t like running in the dark if I have a choice. I don’t like making myself go to bed early. I don’t like how grumpy I feel before sunrise.
I have been a morning runner out of necessity in the past, but I would go through a training block and then allow myself to back off after a goal race.
But recently, I found myself joining friends for morning runs and it reminded me why morning runners are often the most consistent.
The biggest reason runners who get it done in the morning are most consistent is because there is never any excuse except their own keeping them from going. Between work, kids, and the billion other things people have on their plate, running later in the day is often relegated to “less important.”
Once I get past the initial grumpiness, I do inherently feel better about everything else that day. Even if I get nothing else accomplished and everything else goes wrong, at least I finished my run.
Most races are held in the morning and training at that time makes race mornings feel a little more normal. Practicing everything from time management to nutrition strategies is easier when your body is used to a routine.
Unless I am burning the candle at both ends, falling asleep and staying asleep is easier as a morning runner. Everyone has different circadian rhythms, but an evening workout can disrupt even a night owl’s sleep.
Coffee tastes better
Whether it is to caffeinate the run or acts as a reward for completing a workout, coffee just tastes better with a little sweat equity.