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If you enjoy running, and are trying to figure out how to take your pursuit to the next level, yet face challenges in figuring out (a) how to do it, and (b) how to fit it in, then this blog is for you.  Look, we can’t all dedicate our lives to our training – we have families, careers, and other interests to support.  Predawn Runner is designed to help provide ideas on how to be the best runner (or cyclist, or other athlete) you can, while maintaining your other commitments.

Whether you choose to do so in the wee morning hours, or have another time of day that is “your” time, Predawn Runner helps you maximize the value of this time, through providing information or pointing out helpful resources on a wide array of running topics, including:

  • Training - specifically for marathons, but the principals are applicable to a range of goals
  • Fitting it in – often your biggest competition is other priorities, and this blog provides suggestions on how to maintain long-term balance
  • Motivation - recognizing that we sometimes need a kick-in-the-pants to get back on track, you can find reasons to run and train aplenty
  • Character - running makes us better people, and here are some examples of how it can do so
  • Reviews - often the right shoe, book, training program, or equipment can make all the difference in your training and performance

Additionally, Predawn Profiles portray others who have successfully found their balance while striving for aggressive goals, and Tripped-Out Running features helps you overcome one of the challenges of the busy professional or family member – maintaining your training on the road.

If you are interested in following this blog, you can sign up for the RSS feed, friend me on Twitter, or Like the Facebook page.  If you are interested in some of the products featured here, or other gifts based on The Running Manifesto or predawn running mantras, please visit my stores on Zazzle and CafePress.

Finally, if you like what you see here, let me help you figure out how to make it all work in your life through my online runner coaching services. With packages ranging from a one-time consultation to ongoing coaching, you can scale it according to your needs.  All consultations and programs are tailored to your schedule, goals, strengths, and weaknesses, so if you want to take the next step in your running, consider joining Team Predawn Runner and let’s jointly find out what heights you can reach!

Thanks for your interest, and I hope I am able to provide you valuable information or insights.  Likewise, I hope you’ll take the time to share your own insights through comments, and pass the word on to your running partners or friends.

Greg Strosaker – Predawn Runner

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  • Claudine Motto

    Greg,

    Just wanted to stop by here and wish you great success with this blog. I am sure you will inspire many people with your passion, drive, and discipline, that I’m sure carries over into many other areas of your life. And something to definitely be proud of.

    Claudine

  • Claudine Motto

    Greg,

    Just wanted to stop by here and wish you great success with this blog. I am sure you will inspire many people with your passion, drive, and discipline, that I’m sure carries over into many other areas of your life. And something to definitely be proud of.

    Claudine

  • Greg

    Claudine,
    Thanks for your support and for stopping by here; I thought this blog might also be of some interest to you as I do plan to focus on how to be a more “efficient” trainer by being organized about training, even considering implementing elements of GTD into your approach.
    Greg

  • Greg

    Claudine,
    Thanks for your support and for stopping by here; I thought this blog might also be of some interest to you as I do plan to focus on how to be a more “efficient” trainer by being organized about training, even considering implementing elements of GTD into your approach.
    Greg

  • Hb1975

    I just stumbled upon your site. The word “predawn” totally grabbed my attention. I started running 34 weeks ago (for the first time in my life). I am 35 years old. At that time, my daughter was just a four months old. Since I like to get my workouts in and out of the way, I run at 4:15 am, since my husband leaves for work at 5:30 am, and I don’t own a treadmill. I’m really enjoying reading the stories on here, as I’m searching for some mid-winter motivation :).

  • http://predawnrunner.com Greg Strosaker

    Our situations sound similar, my wife often has to leave by 6:00 but even if not, I like to get out between 4:00 and 4:30 to get done and showered before she gets up. Hope you find the motivation you are looking for here, and thanks for stopping by!

  • JBr

    I look forward to frequenting this blog. My wife is a music teacher and drama director, so her rehearsals eliminate most time in the evening and most weekends. I thought I was nuts about 6 weeks ago when I woke up unexpectedly at 4:30 and decided to take a run in the 0 degree temps, but since then it’s become a necessity that I’m fully embracing. I’ve fallen out of step a bit lately due to family sickness and struggles with lack of sleep, but I’m hoping to use your writings as a way to get past this. I like what I see so far, thanks!

  • http://predawnrunner.com Greg Strosaker

    Thank you kind sir, and I look forward to “having you around”. Good luck in sticking with your new pursuit, I found the early mornings tough to get used to at first but now have trouble with the concept of sleeping in.

  • Julie Sickles

    What time do you go to bed at night?

    I found your website on accident as I was searching for autism and related sleep problems.  We have a 4 month old who we think might have autism because of some of the possible red flags. We are stressed around here to say the least because we don’t know anything for sure.

     I used to be a runner but got injured and am now really thinking it’s time to try it again.  I really miss running but find it difficult to get into the groove again.  Your website is very encouraging and I’m excited to find out what people who have real lives do to fit it all in.  Thank you for making me think running ( or working out) is possible.

    Julie

  • http://predawnrunner.com Greg Strosaker

    Hi Julie, thanks for stopping by and your comments. I go to bed between 10:30 and 11:00 most nights and am up at 4:00 six days per week, so I get by on between 5-6 hours of sleep a night. Sometimes I wish I could sleep more, but I feel pretty comfortable with the amount I get.

    Good luck in understanding whether your son has autism or not, it is so difficult to tell at that age. If it is any help, we have a nephew who we thought might be autistic (and we are over-sensitive to it given our own situation) but he turned out to be a normally-developing child, so hopefully you will find the same. If not, there are far worse conditions than autism, and we love being the parents of a child facing such challenges, I think it has made us better people and we see the progress he makes year after year.

    And I have no doubt that you can find the time to run or workout, even if it just starts small. I took a four-year hiatus after the birth of our second child and was slow to get back into it, but now I feel worse when I sleep in than when I get up early. Hopefully you can find the support you need from your spouse in making the time for it to work – what may seem to add stress initially due to the time required usually relieves it in the long run.

    Best of luck!

    Greg