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You Are A Morning Runner

posted by Brandon
You Are A Morning Runner

Some of you will be reluctant to start reading this article let alone finish it for the simple fact that you do not want to get up any earlier than you already do. Please keep reading. 

There are several publications that recommend gradually making the transition to becoming a morning runner. I will be taking the opposite, and perhaps more hardcore approach. Sometimes I feel compelled to recite the Nike moto, “Just Do It”. In short, stop rationalizing and start doing.


Rationalize = Rational Lies

Suggested Reading: Tips on Running to Work

How to Get Up Early if you cannot “Just Do It”

1. Place your alarm clock on the other side of the room

2. Place your feet in your shoes right out of bed.

3. Make your bed (so you don’t get back in it)

4. Replace your coffee with a run and recovery drink (chocolate milk)

Suggested Reading: Sleeping More Can Improve Performance

The Benefits of Running in the Morning

1. One of the greatest feelings in the world is arriving at work bright eyed and bushy tailed following an early morning run.

2. What’s even better is when a few people notice you on the streets before the sun has decided to show its face. Word will spread and you will inspire others to follow in your footsteps. (literally)

3. You will be able to enjoy the heck out of your evening.

4. You will go to bed earlier, thus accumulating more quality sleep.

5. You can sneak in a second run if time permits.

6. There are less distractions or time committments in the morning.

7. You will feel good about yourself for being hardcore!

8. Catch the sunrise

9. Enjoy a hearty breakfast

10. You do not have to worry about eating the proper foods that will not upset your stomach in your afternoon workout.

About the Author: Brandon Laan is a runner, coach, and entrepreneur. He spent his undergraduate days at The University of Western Ontario where he captained the Cross Country Team before fleeing to Hawaii Pacific University for graduate school. He is a Level II Certified USATF coach and holds personal bests of 1:06 and 2:21 in the Half Marathon and Marathon respectively. He also enjoys running to eat, not eating to run…and always will.

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  1. Good article, Brandon. I’ve actually done extensive running both in the afternoons (while in college) and in the mornings (as a professional runner) and always enjoyed the morning routine more.

    As you’re probably aware given your experience, almost all elite runners do their main workouts in the mornings (albeit not all of them get it in before dawn, but some do). Likewise, the very respected Joe Vigil (Deena Kastor’s coach) highly recommends running in the morning.

    Here is his reasoning: “The philosophy behind running in the morning is that when you go to bed at night and you are lying flat, your intervetebral discs are able to engorge themselves with water. And in the morning when you get up and your full body weight is on those discs and gravity is pulling on you and the more active you become the more water you lose and they become compressed. And consequently you have a chance to irritate those horse tail nerves that come out of the vertebrae and that is when you can develop some injury and also some postural deviation.”

    It’s definitely an interesting theory – I’ve never studied the topic, but Dr. Vigil is an absolute legend in our sport, so I’ll take his word for it. Either way, can’t beat the support of such a great coach.

    Good piece!

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