How to Run 10 Miles (or more) Before Work

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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by belVita through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about belVita, all opinions are my own.

I wake up 5 minutes before my alarm goes off.

Sweet! I don’t have to hear that annoying sound. I loathe alarms and snooze buttons.

I tip toe down the stairs, avoiding the ones that creak, to change into my running clothes. I don’t want any little ears to wake up.

Phew! Made it.

I quietly dress, pull my hair back into a ponytail, slip on my running shoes and on a good day, head out the door. If it’s like the weather has been lately, I grab my iPad and head into the basement where the treadmill awaits me.

It’s time to run 10 miles (or more) before work.

I remember I was in a panic when I saw a weekday 10 miler on my first marathon training plan. Don’t they know I have to shower after my run, get the kids up, fed, dressed, dropped off at school all before 7:30 a.m. when I have to be at work?

My zero dark thirty run just got a little darker.

Thankfully, I’m a morning person. Even if morning occurs in the dark. There are a few things I’ve learned along the way that help make the morning run (haha) smoother.

How to Run 10 Miles (or more) Before Work

1. Prep and planΒ  – Lay out your running clothes the night before. Are you running inside or out? Make sure you have all the gear you will need in addition to knowing your route if heading outside. For me, it’s sometimes easier to run on the treadmill when I’m time crunched. In addition, pick out your work clothes and pack lunch/snacks for the next day. Have everything in one spot so you won’t have to search for anything.

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2. Set your alarm (or more than one if you need it) – I can’t stand the alarm clock. Thankfully, I rarely hear it since I naturally wake up a few minutes before it on most days.

3. Stretch/Foam Roll – Make sure you leave at least 5-10 minutes post run to stretch your tight muscles and roll out any kinks. Your legs will thank you later!

4. Eat – Your body worked hard, now it needs to refuel. The night before you can prep oats in a jar or grab a belVita Bites, fruit and Greek yogurt for a quick, on the go breakfast. Each packet of belVita Bites contains whole grains, fiber, no high fructose corn syrup, no partially hydrogenated oil and no artificial colors, flavors, or sweeteners. With two flavors, mixed berry or chocolate, it’s like eating cookies for breakfast. Can it be any better?

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5. High 5 yourself – You just got in a long run before work, ate a nourishing breakfast to fuel your busy day, got the kids to school safely and yourself to work on time. Now I call that a #MorningWin.

What’s the longest run you’ve done on a weekday morning before work?

What’s a #MorningWin for you?

52 comments on “How to Run 10 Miles (or more) Before Work

  1. Great post! It’s so simple yet helps so much to pack your work things the night before and have ALL your gear ready for the morning! I have 8 miles to do Thursday morning and I will be doing ALL of these!

  2. This post makes me happy, so many people say that they just do not have time to exercise, but in reality, you do!!! Its just planning and actually wanting to do it, like you said! I know a girl who runs 110mpw and she is an accountant who works 70 hours a week, she does her runs at 4am…..oh and she is a 2:34 marathoner! If she can do it…….

    Thanks for being the voice πŸ™‚
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  3. I can’t wait until *someday* when I can get back to running early in the morning. Right now, it’s just so much less stressful for me to run after the kids are either with the sitter or off to school. I’m very much looking forward to spring and being able to log many miles before the boys wake-up! Until then, I’ll have to stick with 9am πŸ™‚
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    1. It’s quite funny that the biggest thing that I am looking forward to when my kids go to school full time is that I can run whenever I want! I probably ditch the zero dark thirty time for 9 a.m.

  4. I like running in the morning, but hate getting out of bed to go run (if that makes sense). Thanks for the tips, and kudos to you for making it work. Do you find you start to lag mid-day after being so active that early?

    1. I don’t start to drag until around 5 p.m. But that’s normal no matter if I was up early or not. I’m just not an evening/night person.

  5. Okay! This post makes 10 miles before 7:30am seem very doable! Thanks for the motivation! I am able to run 4 to 5 miles before work. I am at school by 7:00am each morning. I usually just do all my running after work. Morning runs actually leave me with more energy for the day! I will make it a point to run one morning before work each week:) Thanks Angela:)
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  6. I’ve done 13 before work. During the summer I often switch my long run to Friday mornings b/c I know I’ll be up and out by 5-ish anyway and that lets me sleep in a bit more on Saturdays. It’s a nice trade off and totally worth it. You definitely have to have everything ready to go though and you just get up and it’s automated LOL.

  7. Can I just tell you — YES! I always have to pull my stuff out the night before because if I wake the little people, the rest of the day goes out the window. I’m early in my marathon training and only had 6 this morning but I’m exhausted. Can’t wait for the higher mileage when I’m waking up earlier and earlier!

    1. I’ve had little people up with me that early. It makes for a very long day for everyone! Yay for marathon training – which one are you doing?

      1. The Cleveland Marathon in May. Not my first choice but I have lots of training buddies so I’m hoping it will make the time go by faster. πŸ™‚

  8. No coffee before you go? That’s my prerun must have!

    Last summer I had some 8 milers to run on a work morning. Luckily, the boys weren’t in school, so I didn’t have to get out the door before the sun came up. But I did have to get moving! Like you, I was a little daunted, but once I made it work, I felt pretty accomplished!
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  9. Love it! I just posted something similar but I can use ALL the tips I can get. 10 miles in the morning? That is awesome! I don’t think I ever ran that much on a weekday morning back in my running days, I’d usually stick to tempo or sprints or something. You runners are so dedicated! You, and anyone running that much in the dark so early, deserves a huge high five for sure πŸ™‚
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    1. 10 milers are tricky for early mornings. It’s a large chunk of time. I sometimes wish I had a job that I didn’t have to be in till 10. That would make my running life so much easier.

  10. I’m right there with you on laying everything out the night before! That also makes sure I don’t sleep in because then I don’t have time to workout and my clothes and shoes just “mock” me!!!
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    1. I don’t think I’d be able to pull off a weekday 10 miler without the hubs. He definitely starts the ball rolling in the right direction while I finish up.

    1. My husband thinks I’m absolutely nuts to workout in the morning. He is NOT a morning person. That’s a good thing for our house. Otherwise we’d both be fighting over workout times!

  11. I have a few midweek 10 milers in coming weeks, I’m a little overwhelmed how I’m going to get those done. The longest I’ve done midweek before 7AM work is 7 miles thus far, and I’m still always late!
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  12. I wish I could say I was a morning runner…and a lot of times I am…but not cold dark winter times. I used to feel bad about it too…but I don’t anymore. As long as you get it in good for you! It really doesn’t matter when it is. It does feel so nice to have it done with before the day gets crazy. Speed work in the early morning intimidates me….it is like my body can’t comprehend going fast so early πŸ™‚
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    1. You are absolutely right! The time of day does not matter. It’s whenever you can fit it in. For me personally, the morning is where it’s at. It keeps my house happy!

  13. I love this post! I don’t work right now so I always run after I get my husband off to work, so I can get in mid-week longer runs easily. Back when I was in graduate school I ran 10-13 miles a few times before classes, even if it meant running them at 5:30am on the treadmill.

  14. I NEED to pack my bags and lay my stuff out the night before even if I am not running until after work the following day. It’s just so much easier to be prepared and not forget anything. I think 11-12 is the furthest I have done before work mid week but that doesn’t happen a ton.
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  15. A lot of the problem with getting up to run comes from getting over the mental anxiety. I would say if you are having trouble getting workouts in first thing in the morning, but it is really your only window, then take baby steps. On the first morning, set an achievable goal for yourself to just get out the door, and then increase in increments from there: 2 miles, 5 miles, 7 miles… until you are up to 10 miles. And I guarantee once you are outside you will most likely feel like doing more milage anyways.
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