I hate the mornings. Let me say that again. I HATE the mornings. Sometimes I'd like to compare it to castration with a dull spoon. And I define morning as 9am. 10 years as a professional musician will do that to you.
So how do I feel about 6am? 5.30am? bleh
Yeah, anyway. I am exagerating, but you get the point.
Well, I run 2-4 miles around that time. Even if I have a 'real' run scheduled for later in the day. The morning run gets me up and moving.
Do you procrastinate in the morning? I do. Suddenly I need to watch stock futures or organize my boxes of pop tarts. Anything to keep from getting going. I spend an hour 'fueling up' for a workout that gets moved farther and farther into the day.
But for the AM run, there is no fueling. There is no nothing. Just have a pair of shorts and my shoes at my bed side. Wake and run out the door. No thought. It's half over before I wake up. It's not so much about fitness, but attitude. Also, if I can't get to my 'real' run for the day, I don't feel guilty. During high volume weeks this really keeps your miles up where they need to be. Breaking up your miles into twice a day, morning and night, works really well for me. I still keep my 'long runs' continuous.
Obviously, if my scheduled run is an A-priority track, I don't do this. But otherwise, a quick 20-40minutes in the morning goes a long way to motivate for training on any given day. Somehow I'm out on the bike or at the pool earlier than if I planned on starting my day on the bike or at the pool. Go figure. A quick run before breakfast sometimes leads to a great run after breakfast, too. Experiment. Have fun. Make the morning a little less crappy, if you hate the morning. Don't rush the run. Don't push it. Just enjoy the sunrise as best you can.