I have recently come to terms with the fact that I am a morning person (thanks, full time job). Being a runner, this naturally led to trying out morning runs. Lately, I have begun the slow, difficult process of waking up an hour earlier to squeeze in my precious road time.
It has been working for me, but it is definitely an entirely different beast than working out at night. One thing I have found differs greatly is my music choice. Jamming head phones in your ears at 6:00 am is in no way the same as jamming at 6:00 pm.
My go-to has been the lovely Sara Bareilles. There is really nothing better than her soothing, yet powerful and inspiring lyrics, paired with steady rhythms and songs that build. I need the build for the hills and I need the rhythms to keep my legs turning over as the sun rises and my muscles groan.
For runs later in the day, I gravitate towards fast beats and sexy dance grinds to pass
the miles by. But running in the morning is physically a very different experience to evening workouts; at night, your body has already had the chance to stretch and move. The initial creaking of joints and complaining of calves that all runners experience has been shaken out by the time evening rolls around.
In the same way, my mind has not yet been shaken out in the morning. I can’t press play on Pitbull when I haven’t even eaten breakfast yet. I need something quieter and thought-provoking, but still powerful enough to keep me going. My three favorites right now are Sara Bareilles, Britt Nicole, and Florence and the Machine. I find myself turning their articulate and empowering lyrics over in my mind and melting into guitars and drums as I run. You can even make playlists that start out with the quieter songs, and end with their more in-your-face tunes. I love Britt Nicole’s “The Sun is Rising” and Florence and Machine’s “Dog Days Are Over.”
My top morning running song? “Chasing the Sun” by Sara Bareilles on The Blessed Unrest. “We can always be chasing the sun,” she says. “So fill up your lungs and just run.”