If you make morning runs part of your routine, you'll probably notice a few changes—and they're mostly positive. Here are 10 things to expect when you become a morning runner.
You'll probably feel tired...at first.1 of 11
As your body adjusts to an earlier wake-up time and a new morning routine, we won't lie: Things are going to feel tough. The good news is this only lasts a few weeks until you get used to it. In the meantime, try going to bed earlier to make it easier on yourself and ensure you're getting a full night's rest.
You can also try laying out your running clothes the night before—or even sleeping in them—to gain a little extra shuteye.
Eventually, your energy will increase.2 of 11
Once you get past the initial hurdle of making your morning runs a habit, you won't want to start your day any other way. Some runners swear that a good sweat is even more invigorating than coffee.
You'll start eating bigger breakfasts (and lunches).3 of 11
Morning workouts really rev up the metabolism, so you'll likely see an increase in appetite. As you transition to a.m. runs, consider having a light bite before your run (like a slice of toast) and a more substantial breakfast after.
Eat a hearty lunch, and take it easy later in the day. A dinner that's too heavy can wreck havoc on your digestion and sleep, affecting the next morning's run.
You'll feel and be more productive.4 of 11
Rather than having your run remain on your to-do list all day, you'll be able to cross it off first thing. That sense of accomplishment is extremely motivating and will likely transition over to the rest of your day. Plus, an early run leaves less time for work and family scheduling conflicts, so you can have the best of both worlds—a great run logged and your evenings free.
You'll become BFF with your coffee maker.5 of 11
As refreshing as a morning run can be, you'll likely still want to indulge in your daily cup of caffeine. Whether it's a pre-run mug or a post-run treat, making coffee (or tea) a part of your routine can help make morning runs more enjoyable.
You might have to purchase a headlamp/reflective gear.6 of 11
Depending on the time of day and time of year that you hit the roads, it's likely going to be dark at some point during your run. Play it safe and invest in a quality headlamp and reflective gear, so cars can see you. And if conditions feel unsafe, there's always the treadmill.
You'll breathe easier.7 of 11
Temperatures are cooler, and pollution levels are usually lower in the mornings, especially if you live in an area with a lot of traffic. Get out and enjoy that fresh, early morning air. Your lungs will thank you.
You'll be inspired by the view.8 of 11
Assuming you can catch the sunrise at some point during your run, you'll notice there's something magical about the dawn hour. It's the start of a new day with endless possibilities, and you haven't missed a second of it.
And if you run with your phone, think of all the gorgeous sunrise photos just waiting to be snapped.
You might have to DVR your favorite evening TV shows.9 of 11
Now that you'll be waking up earlier, you'll be going to bed earlier, too. That means staying awake for your weekly Game of Thrones fix will be a lot tougher, so consider recording your favorite shows or watching them on demand so that you can hit the sheets at a decent time.
You'll sleep better.10 of 11
Once you're in a routine, your body will be trained to go to sleep and wake-up at regular times. And with a good sweat accomplished first thing in the morning, you'll likely feel tired and ready to sleep like a baby come nightfall.