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I am thinking that I need to start running in the mornings. I've noticed that I push myself more on my morning runs- I'm fresh <span style="text-decoration:underline;">and</span> under a time limit. Another bonus- this would allow me to add another bike and swim to my week as my training increases.<br><br>
What's my problem? I'm at work around 6:30 am. That means that I'd have to be up and running around 4:30am. Does that time really exist? <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
So I'm asking, what time do you get up to start your day to train and make it to work? I just wanna know that I'm not alone.
 

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the <expletive deleted> commuter rail just changed my train schedule, so now in order to get about an hour in at the gym, plus have time to shower, I will need to get up at 4:45 (instead of 5). That gets me to the gym by 5:15, and I must be walking to the showers by 6:15 to make my train... a 6:55 train that gets me to work at 8:30.<br><br>
If I ever get to the point where I need to do long workouts during the week, I'm going to need a new job. At least once it's warmer I can run in Boston during lunch.
 

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The earliest I'm willing to go is:<br>
Wake up @ 4am<br>
Leave house @ 4:30am<br>
Arrive at gym @ 5am<br><br>
That is only once a week or so when I want to swim before the 6:15am pilates class. The other days I'm up to train at 4:30 or 5am.
 

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I get up at about 4:30-4:45 to work out at 5:00. I get home around 6:00, and am at work (with DH in tow) by 7:00 -ish. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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I'm up around 4:30 to work out at 5. Trick is I need to make sure I get my arse in bed before 10, preferrably by 9pm. I've actually grown to love the early morning, it's just so stinking quiet!
 

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At work by 7:30 except Thursdays when I need to be there at 7 since I meet with the night technician whom I manage. Usually up by 6:30 and out the door by 7:10...nice, short commute.<br><br>
If I have to work out in the morning, I'll force myself out of bed between 5 & 5:30 but it's not pretty.<br><br>
BrewDad was up at 4 today and had run 15 miles by 6:30. He's on the Crazy Pete plan with hell Wednesdays.
 

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Are y'all crazy? 4 am? I thought that only existed in college! LOL I am NOT a morning person (like Hobey), so there's no way I'm getting up before 5:30. DH leaves the house at 6:40 (which is when I normally get up to get the kids to school), so if I want to get any kind of workout in, I'd have to get up no later than 6:00 (for a short workout). When I swim, I have to be there right when they open at 6:00 in order to get back home by 6:40. Swimming is the easiest thing for me to do in the morning because once I hit the water, I'm pretty much awake. When I used to run in the morning, it would take a few miles before I was truly awake! I try REALLY hard not to workout in the mornings, but if I want any family time, I'll have to do it. The sacrifices we make!
 

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4:30 is about the earliest I can ever imagine getting up for a workout. And anything before 4:00 is still "night" in my book.
 

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I should add that I try to get everything ready the night before - workout and work clothes ready, lunches made, breakfast stuff ready, etc - this saves a good bit of time in the morning if you have to leave early and are trying to squeeze in a workout before work.
 

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What Hobey failed to mention is that yesterday was a double for me, so I finished my late run at 7:45 in the evening, ate dinner, had some wine, to bed at 9:30 and up at 4.<br><br>
3 runs totaling 25 miles in less than 24 hours. Thank goodness tomorrow is a recovery day.
 

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I get angry if I wake up before 5. I usually get up at 5 though. If i'm "in balance" I will wake up 4:59 - right before my alarm. If I get up signficiantly before (like 4:50 or something) i get annoyed as I was cheated out of sleep! <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
But to answer the question, 4:30 was the earliest I voluntarily got up. I often get up at 5.<br><br>
My goal in life is to get up at 5am, fully rested, NO alarm clock.
 

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I remember back in the marathon days I got up at 3AM to meet a group at 5AM for a 22 miler. NEVER AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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My alarm goes off at 4:15. I'm out of the house by 4:30. With the kids and a commute over an hour, that's the only way to do it.
 

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My alarm goes off at 4:15....<br>
depending on day depends on how many "snoozes" I get.<br><br>
Swim days, I get one snooze....I'm in the water usually a bit before 5.<br>
Run days....eh...I might get 2 or 3 snoozes if the run on the plan is short...if it's long (as I imagine they will become as the race gets closer....) pro'lly only 1 snooze.<br><br>
My job has me busy 3 out of 5 weekday evenings, so I MUST workout in the morning, or it won't get done. Also, that fits my personality, too.<br><br>
Mind you, I'm not a "morning person" by any means. BUT, since CS is writing workouts now, and swim coach is writing those...all I have to do is follow directions, and not get hit by cars in the morning. I DON'T DO FRIENDLY that time of day.
 

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I'm with dave and stitch- 4:15, though we have pushed back our work time by a few minutes (optimizing traffic and parking) so it is starting to creep towards 4:30 -4:45 depends on what I am doing. Any earlier I am just going to be missing sleep, since I really can't sleep before 9 pm no matter what I try. 10 or so is more normal.<br><br>
-Jim
 

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I have been know to get up extremely early do get my runs in. I have had morning where i would start work at 4AM, so I would be starting my run around 2AM. I have also had morning where work started at 2 AM and I actually stated my runs before midnight. It is all a matter of perspective. under those conditions mention above, I was not at home and working odd hours everyday. I still managed to get 6 - 7 hours of sleep.
 

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5am in the summer - not everyday, maybe 2-3x/week. Maybe a few minutes earlier just to get out there by 5am. I'm lucky to be able to work out at lunchtime, often for over an hour because of a flexible schedule, so I usually don't have to put myself through the early stuff. I like to in the summer, though, because hubby is off work so my evenings are free for us to hang out.
 

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The earliest I work out is 6am b/c that's when the pool opens. I have yet to get in a ride or run before 7am. I agree w/Kelli that swimming is the easiest to wake up to, although looking at tomorrow's schedule makes me want to hide under the covers! <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 
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