There are few sounds more torturous than that too-early alarm telling you it's time to get out of bed. But avoid hitting snooze and get your feet into your shoes—there are loads of reasons to become a morning runner.
1. Do it for the sunrise.
"Watching the sun come up is the best way to start the day," says Beth Isaac, 38, from New York City. "If you don't get up at dawn to run, how else are you going to get all those sunrise photos for Instagram?"
2. You may get the roads all to yourself.
"I love feeling like I have Central Park all to myself in the morning," says runner Dani Sturtz. "I'm obviously not the only runner out there, but it's less crowded than in the evenings, and so much more calm."
3. Because then your evenings are wide open.
"I love knowing that if I run in the morning, the rest of my day can't get in the way of my run," says Danielle Cemprola, 30, from Greenville, SC. You may get slammed with meetings and conference calls and various unplanned commitments—but that's OK. Your run is done. (And if those meetings get canceled, you can go all-in at happy hour.)
4. The weather is better.
"Summers in Chicago are hot," says Liz Heisler, 34. "But if I get up and run before work, I know I'm guaranteed cooler temperatures and a bit more shade."
5. Your body isn't really awake yet.
"If I do a morning workout, I'm usually still in sleepy zombie mode," says Samantha Cosenza, 28, from Brooklyn, NY. "By the time I get dressed and start moving, my sneakers are already hitting the pavement, and I'm like, 'How did I get here?'"
6. You get to start the day with some clarity.
"There's nothing better than starting your day out in nature," says Maia Deccan Dickinson, 25, from Anchorage, AK. "You get an hour of super clear mental thinking before having work on the brain all day."
7. Because me-time is important.
"There's something so tranquil about running before most of the world is awake," says Lauren Conkey, 31, from Worcester, MA. "Running early gives me a chance to spend some time collecting my thoughts before I'm on mom duty for the next 12 hours. Allowing myself to wake up over the course of a few miles, where the only sounds are my footsteps, my breathing, and the occasional bird, is a much more peaceful start to the day than a two-year-old who's ready to wrestle, read, and play (cute as she may be)."