Why mornings are the best time to run

Why mornings are the best time to run

Back when I was working a proper job in a proper office, I complained to a coworker and fellow runner about how difficult it was to get in a good run during the week. Before work was too early, and our late-night magazine closes left me feeling wrecked at night.

This friend, who was also a mom of two, looked at me without an ounce of pity and said, "Kara, you don't have to be at the office until 10:30!"

I still didn't believe her. I continued trying to sneak in a few miles here and there but it always felt like a burden.

Which is why now, three-plus years later, it's actually shocking to me that I wake up at 5:55 a.m. to meet people for a 6:30 a.m. run — and it totally changes the day.

I wish I would have listened to my friend earlier. Morning runs would have definitely eased some work-related stress, but hindsight, 20/20, etc. Sometimes it takes a little while — and some accountability — to change your habits. 

All of that leads up to my latest story for SHAPE magazine about why mornings are the best time to run. And I didn't even mention that you get to have double breakfast, if you so choose. Which I always do.

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