I haven’t read all the responses, but the last one from Jill rings true for me too. I think we’re all somewhat hardwired for certain things in life. A person’s preference or ease with particular times of day has a lot to do with his/her biology, body rhythms, hormones, personal and professional schedules and demands, etc…
That said, if you truly have no other time to run, then you might want to consider doing it in the morning. It doesn’t mean you’ll be able to convert yourself to a morning person, but you will get your workout in…I would hope some of those helpful endorphins would kick in for you!
Now, if you find yourself fighting all sorts of negative self-talk, why not consider something that is not so intense or time-consuming first thing in the morning? Maybe a short yoga or muscle conditioning routine, like 15-20 minutes in the morning, and a run some other time?? You may need to experiment with different activities and times before you find the combination that works best for you.
So, I’m not a morning person, but being in the military forced me to do otherwise. One of the things I remind myself is that a morning run always sets me up for success. I feel better about the day ahead and I’ve gotten at least one workout out of the way. But I also love running.
Also, due to the weather conditions, morning runs are better for my asthma and working around the heat and humidity. I have to remind myself that these runs are my time to really pray and meditate and get out of the house. When I put it in that context, it gets easier to slip on the running shoes.
One of the recommendations I heard from my mentor, Chalene Johnson, is that, even though she is not a morning person, she gets up at about 5 am each morning because she teaches each morning, 7 days per week. She says that instead of hitting the snooze button, she tells herself, “I’m up! I’m up! I’m up!” so that she conditions her mind to get up and do the thing she needs to do.
I get up at 4:15 a.m. every morning. I am naturally a morning person so it’s easier for me, yet I do get tired. But here are two things that I always say: 1)Sleeping in is not a option and 2) Never look at the clock. The alarm goes off, your clothes are layed out the night before. You get up and go.