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The joy of early morning running

Hello running fiends,

I started C25K in August last year, and because it was hot, I did all my runs first thing in the morning, before work, at 6:15am. I also loved the fact that there were less people around, as when I started the programme I was a little self-conscious of how slow I ran, and how I huffed and puffed! But I grew to love that time of day. The air is still fresh from the night, the birds are singing their little hearts out, and there is (I believe) always an air of optimism at the start of a new day.

Graduated in November elated with the fact I could now run for 30 mins straight, and determined to keep up the routine and improve, I kept on running - through rain, through snow, through minus temperatures! Three times a week without fail. Very slowly increased my time and distance. Sometimes it was a struggle, sometimes I had to postpone because of ice or illness, but still, the early morning routine stuck.

And this week I feel rewarded for persisting through the cold, dark winter months. I got out at my usual time today, and the sky was a perfect blue. It was warm enough for (new!) shorts and vest, yet the air still had a cool freshness to it. I ran a joyful 5k in 29 minutes at a pace that felt right. I ran across fields, through a wood and then pounded pavements home.

I am so glad I took up this running lark. It has become an integral part of my life and the rewards (both physical and mental) have been monumental. So, if you are starting out - good for you! It gets better and better the longer you keep it up, and who doesn’t love running with the sun on their face and the wind in their hair, eh?

Happy running weekend, everyone.

Sadie-runs x

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Sounds blissful Sadie and after a bad week you have motivated me to get back out there today so thank you!

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Oh good! Hope it brings you joy, Jenny. x

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Thanks for that wonderful expression of your love for running - I look forward to feeling this way too 🏃‍♀️❤️

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😀 It will come. Patience really does pay off. x

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This just makes me want to run RIGHT NOW!!! I’m currently sat here waiting for E-on to come & install a smart meter with my running kit on coz as soon as he’s gone there will be zoom stripes behind me as I head off out!! I’ve only run at 6ish a couple of times & I must say I did enjoy it..the world wakes up gradually as you & the birds look on...your journey has been lovely to watch, you’ve truly blossomed into a motivating, inspirational & respected runner & are such an asset to this forum....

That’s a great 5k time too Sadie,...perfect start to the day 🏃🏼‍♀️💪🏻

Have a lovely weekend

MC xxx

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Aw, I am blushing now, MC, that's the nicest thing anyone has ever said to me. Hope E-on arrive soon (or have arrived and you are currently on a lovely, joyful run!) It has been lovely sharing this journey with you. xxx

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Sounds as such an amazing and happy run :)

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Oh it was my dear. Hard work at times, I had to dig deep! But ultimately life-affirming! xxx

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Morning Sadie, I’ll echo every word Mummycav said, you truly are inspirational 🤗

And wow, nice 5k pace to boot 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

Take care x

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Double-blush! Thank you, dear Ted. My first ever 5k took around 39 mins, and without even trying, my pace has naturally speeded up a little, and after around 4 months running it has got to 29 mins! Nice, gentle progress. :-) xxx

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It's all been said!!

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Such a positive motivational post. Thank you!!!

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Love this Sadie and you’ve made my mind up...Sunday morning will be an early morning run 😊

My son plays football on a Sunday morning so it’s always a juggle when to fit my run in. I tend to run late afternoon/early evening on a Sunday but have been contemplating running early morning. I ran this morning after the school drop off and it was hot, really struggled and I was running with a friend who has just worked up to 20mins of running...those 20 minutes felt harder than my previous 30 minutes 😳

So after reading your motivational post, my mind is made up and I’ll head out bright and early...thanks Sadie xx

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Lovely Melo! That sounds like a fab plan. There is something g very special about early morning runs in the summertime. Enjoy. 😀🏃‍♀️👏

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A wonderful post, a beautiful run and an amazing time. Yay, Sadie!

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Thanks Sask! Hope that all is well with you and spring is making an appearance in your part of the world! x

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Yes, spring finally arrived yesterday and looks like it may actually stay for a bit. Yay 💐☀️

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Sounds great- and you got to wear the new shorts too!

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You remembered! It felt great, having my bare white legs out! x

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Can't decide if the world will ever be ready for my legs 😂. Though sorts would have been very welcome on yesterday's run.

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Ah wonderful! A lovely heart lifting and inspiring post. 😄

I’m still on the IC, but you have inspired me to jump up and go straight out into the morning birdsong for what I am calling one of my “pre-running walks” -thank you for the encouragement. 😃 xx

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Sorry to hear you are still in the IC my lovely. A pre-running early morning walk will surely lift the ole spirits! xxx

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Very honest insight; will motivate plenty of people on here

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I hope so! Enthusiasm is catching, right? 😀

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Yes it can be although I can’t enjoy running as much as I try; however I run 3 miles a day now every other day to improve my engine for other sports I do.

I just thought your post showed a inspiring summary of your journey

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Thank you, that’s kind. 😊

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