The 10 Stages of Getting Up Early for a Morning Run

It’s never easy setting your alarm to get up before the sun rises to squeeze in a run, but it is always worth it. That being said, here are the 10 stages of grief getting up for an early morning run.

1. The night before: You set your alarm. For 5 a.m. That’s 5 freaking a.m. You’re sure you want to do this, right?

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2. Bedtime! You toss and turn and toss and turn because you’re anticipating the early wake-up call.

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3. Finally, the alarm goes off. It’s still dark outside, and the covers feel so nice. And you’re tired.

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4. You contemplate hitting the snooze button. Running three miles instead of five, is fine, right?

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5. You decide to leap out of bed. That is, if leaping is crawling slowly from under your covers that you have zero inclination to actually leave.

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6. You groggily walk around your house. So this is what “The Walking Dead” feel like.

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7. Thankfully you laid out your clothes the night before. Because finding them now would be way too much effort. Now to just put them on …

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8. You find your kitchen. Time for a tiny bit of coffee and some fuel.

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9. Shoes laced, ready to go. You’re finally pumped for the run. Or at least realize you’ve gotten this far into getting ready and there’s no going back to bed now.

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10. You head out the door and realize morning runs aren’t so bad. In fact, they’re kind of awesome.

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