Originally Posted by Thomas
I run mornings for a number of reasons:
First, it's easier too fit in to my schedule. Nothing competing in the early morning hours.
Second, weight loss - when I played competitive racquetball I could play up to three hours post-work and not be much lighter afterwards, while 3-4 morning miles would shed weight very efficiently. It turns out that while your heart rate rises and falls efficently with your activity levels, your metabolic rate makes slower transitions, particularly as your activity level falls off. Morning runs elevate your metabolic rate which stays somewhat elevated for a number of hours post-run - provided you don't gorge yourself afterwards.
Third: it makes me happy. I like starting the day happy.
Agreed! I like running in the morning because often if I try to fit a workout in later in the day, I find myself overbooked or "too tired" (read: too lazy) to do it. The motivation is there for me in the morning. Although sometimes it's a little hard to roll out of bed, after the first few minutes, I'm totally in the zone. I also enjoy the fact that the city is still "sleeping" when I go for my runs, because it's like a weird sense of calm being one of the only people out and about at that hour.