Morning running will never by my jam. I am a night owl, through and through and will never be a morning runner by choice. But some of you might have noticed recent early morning running posts on instagram and Facebook. I know. I’m shocked too. But heat, no school, and a challenging training plan have forced me out of bed and out the door.
Why be a morning runner?
- It’s done. A day where plans go awry will not disrupt your training schedule if you do it before the day has a chance to go crazy.
- It’s usually the coolest time of the day, which is super important in the south in the summer. Also, shade!
- It’s often peaceful and provides some endorphins before your boss or children drive you crazy.
- Depending on the time you get out there, you might be able to avoid sunblock and sunglasses. (Sunblock + sweat in the eyes is nearly as painful as childbirth. Just sayin’)
- You get to meet all of the neighborhood dog walkers.
- You get first dibs on all the cool items your neighbors put out for trash pick up.
How to become a morning runner.
- Decide when you want to run and how much before it you need to get up. (I need about an hour pre-run.)
- Set an alarm.
- Set another alarm across the room.
- Enlist the aid of a morning person to remind you to get out of bed.
- Prep as much as you can the night before: clothes out, coffee set up, accessories organized. (If you are out before dawn, make sure you are appropriately lit up.)
- Just go. (It’s really easy as a non-morning person to dilly dally around the house. Sometimes you need to just get out the door.)
- Meet a group if that will incentivize you to go.
- Bribe yourself with a special coffee after if that’s your thing.
Don’t get me wrong. I will never be happy about being a morning runner. Each and every day that I run early is a battle with my inner body clock to get out there. But right now, the benefits of forcing myself to get up and get out there outweigh my hatred of rising early.
Got any more tips for me for making getting out there early easier?