If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know that I’ve been trying to hop back on the 5am workout train. I’m not 100% committed again but I’m almost there. Earlier in the year, I was in the best early morning running routine & it made my life exponentially better. Since I’ve fallen out of the groove, my training has been suffering immensely. I HATE running after work. I have absolutely no desire to come home and run unless I’ve had a stressful day. This is why I started working out in the mornings.
I love completing my workout before the day even really begins for so many reasons. It kicks the day off right with a metabolism boost making me feel energized and uplifted all day. It makes me feel good about myself all day at work that I’ve already ran. It gets endorphin’s flowing first thing in the morning. I don’t have to worry about running once 5pm rolls around. In the summer it helps to beat the heat. I could go on and on…
All in all, morning running has many benefits. Here are 5 tips that I find most important to be successful in starting and continuing with an early morning running routine!
5 Tips For Becoming A Morning Runner
Positive Attitude: This is the most important one. Instead of dreading & complaining about your early morning workout, think about how awesome you’ll feel post-run and the fact that you’re kicking butt before most people even wake up!
Dorothy Beal, a 26x marathoner and author of the blog Mile Posts, says “Don’t think about how you have to run first thing in the morning. It’s more that you get to run. Get rid of the negative thoughts. As silly as it seems, tell yourself, ‘Wow, this is going to be great. I love getting up while most people are sleeping!’ Your mind will believe it.”
Start Out Slow: To make things easier & keep you more likely to stick to waking up early, start out small. Wake up 25-30 minutes earlier than normal on the first week. Then, keep setting it earlier & earlier until you’re waking up at your goal time. Start with shorter runs so your morning habit seems more manageable until you become adapted to morning running. This approach may not work for everyone since some people are the ‘all or nothing’ type, but it’s a good idea if you know you’ll need to ease into it.
Early To Bed: Sleep is important. Not only is it vital for your overall health but it’s equally as important for your running. If you’re getting up earlier, you’ll need to adjust on the other end too. Become disciplined with sleep and waking up earlier will be way easier! Set a strict bedtime between M-F so you’ll get in the habit of getting enough sleep.
Be Prepared: Lay out your workout clothes & running gear the night before. This will make things easier once you wake up and don’t have to scramble around to get ready! Even better- sleep in your workout clothes! There’s really no excuse for you to not get up & go run once your alarm goes off if you’re already dressed. Another key to being prepared is knowing your route and how long it should take. Plan accordingly to adjust what time you need to wake up so you have enough time to get your run in then come home and get ready for the day.
No Snoozing: Get out of bed as soon as the alarm goes off… DON’T HIT SNOOZE! Leave your phone or alarm clock at the other side of the room so you are forced to wake up and shut it off. Once you are out of bed, don’t get back in! Hit the road running 🙂
Becoming a morning runner will (most likely) be hard at first, so be patient with yourself. If you hit snooze and skip your running one morning, don’t beat yourself up about it & just try again the next morning. Be positive about the changes you are making and eventually it will stick!