Winter is upon us and instead of running for the treadmill, here are the reasons to continue to hit the road in the early AM.
1. You have to shower and shampoo anyway, why not do a workout first?
This way you also avoid the second shower later in the day and have more time for laying on the couch since you did your workout first thing.
2. Your clothes don't have to match because it is dark and no one will see you.
The chances of you running into anyone you know at 5am or even 6am on the street is highly unlikely. I actually feel more comfortable bundling up in my crazy winter running gear because I know no one will see me.
3. You start the day off with a caloric deficit.
It is a great feeling to know that you burned calories first thing and have the whole day to refuel.
4. You don't have to worry about eating the wrong thing before you run.
Even if you have to have a snack before your morning run, it most likely wont lead to you saying "I shouldn't have eaten that...." Running before breakfast just takes out one less variable from having problems on the run. Which also leads into #5...
5. It helps develop a tolerance for glycogen depletion.
A study was done to show the benefits of exercising before breakfast compared to other times of the day. It stated that running before breakfast increases the proportion of fat you burn which is a very good thing. This also can relate to that fact that running before breakfast will also increase your ability to run with low glycogen stores which will help you be a better runner. And who doesn't like to burn fat?
6. There is less traffic and you can run in the middle of the road (if you so choose).
On average in the mornings, I get passed by about 5 cars. When I run in the evening, on average I get passed by 500 cars. So I am exaggerating a bit, but its true - at 5am there is a lot less traffic which makes it a bit safer for runners.
7. Its dark at 5am and 5pm, so why not get your workout done early and out of the way?
In the winter, chances are no matter what time you run it is going to be dark. So why not run in the morning?
8. It is far less likely to storm in the pre-dawn.
Now I am not a weather expert, but in my experiences I have seen that winter storms usually come in during the late afternoon and evening. Usually by 5am, the plows have been out and cleared the roads.
9. You have an excuse for running a bit slower.
If the temperature is already below freezing and you didn't manage to hit your paces on that tempo run, just blame it on the early morning run.
10. There is just something about being alone in the dark morning when its snowing.
Enough said. Quiet snowy mornings are just something you have to experience.
What else is missing?? Feel free to add to the list!