How to Become a Morning Runner

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I’m one of those super annoying people that can jump out of bed and be ready for a run no matter how early it is and what season.My body is just naturally set to be a morning person.

Like I said – annoying.

But I understand that not everyone is like that. I mean if you asked me to go running at 10 p.m., I’d think you were nuts. Side note – I actually saw a guy running down my street the other night at 10 p.m. He was legit going for a run – blinky lights on and everything – so I knew he wasn’t running from the cops or anything.

With summer running upon us, the heat and humidity can really suck the life out of your run. (Find tips HERE on how to survive). When you run first thing in the morning, you can at least get a little bit of relief. If you are a night owl, making the switch to early morning runs is going to be rough. I’m not going to lie – you’ll probably hate it. BUT if you make a gradual switch, you may find it you will actually enjoy it.

How to become a morning runner in 8 easy steps:

Plan, plan and plan some more. Set out your clothes the night before. Know the distance, pace and route of which you’ll run. To take it a step further, I’ve even slept in my running clothes.

Go to bed early. Make sure you are in bed by 10 p.m. at the latest.

Do NOT hit snooze. That button should have never been invented in my opinion. Besides being the most annoying sound ever, laying in bed an extra 5 or 10 minutes won’t do anything for you. Seriously. Get rid of the snooze alarm.

Set your alarm for 20-30 minutes earlier than you normally wake up. Continue setting your alarm 10-20 minutes earlier every day until you reach the  wake up time you want. Baby steps are best if you don’t want to be the grouchiest person ever.
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Get dressed in the bathroom. Or at least away from sleeping family members so you don’t have any grumpy spouses or early bird kiddos who will throw a wrench in your plans. Although I think my kids have super hero hearing some days no matter how quiet I

Find a fellow crazy awesome morning runner. If you know you are meeting someone, you are less likely to bail on the run.

Enjoy the view. In the early morning, especially during the summer months, there is so much to soak in – birds singing, dew on the grass, the sunrise. If you run later, you’ll most likely be paying more attention to all the busyness of the day rather than the beauty. A perfect sunrise is always worth it.

Be persistent. On average it takes 21 days to form a new habit. If you don’t fully commit to making this new habit, it won’t stick. The good news is that if you stick with it, you’ll see that it will get easier and easier.

And soon you’ll be another annoying morning runner.

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27 comments on “How to Become a Morning Runner

  1. I am a midday runner…. doesn’t quite fit into a working schedule though!!! I am no where near as good at getting up in the morning as you Americans – 7am is early for me! However… I now live in Spain where they take things to the opposite extreme. Coming home from holiday around midnight one Sunday, I saw four separate sets of runners (3 alone, 1 couple) out for a jog! At midnight! On a Sunday! I was so shocked. I’m slowly adjusting to Madrid timetables but I am nowhere near there yet!
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  2. I am a morning runner all the way. Funny side note on the bathroom tip–I spent all of last year doing that, not b/c it would wake Mr. Zippy who sleeps through anything, but b/c I was sneaking out on the dog who wants to go on all runs/all the time!
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  3. Total morning runner here and I hate even running past noon! At night? No way. My neighbors would know if I was going out for my morning run if they saw my downstairs bathroom light on 🙂 I can’t wait to get back to it someday when my kids sleep past 6:30 consistently!!
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  4. Great tips! I love running in the morning, but I haven’t been doing it in a while (first time I did it this year I think was yesterday actually hah) – so I’m gonna take these tips to heart and try them out. Morning runs are amazing. I’m trying to figure out when the sun rises here so I can time that with my run (but apperantly it’s like around 4 in the morning now so I don’t know how ill do that haha, hopefully ill figure it out).
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  5. I keep realizing (over and over again it seems) that morning is really the ONLY time it makes sense for me to workout! I have a 6 week old and a toddler, and they both are needier at night. It’s hard for me to leave them with my husband – especially while I’m breastfeeding. I’m going to try to implement some of these tips and make mornings happen (plus, I can beat the summer heat that way!)
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  6. Ugh my body HATES morning running! I just recently wrote a post about how much harder it is for me to recover from early morning long runs vs afternoon long runs. I might run with that guy at 10:00 pm though!
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  7. My body hates early mornings too – but I’m going to try out your tips – gradually waking up earlier, and hopefully incentivize myself to go for a run!!

  8. I am just like you! I can pop outta bed and get going if I need to – 😉 People find it annoying, I find it productive. Sure every so often, I just wanna stay in bed for hours, but I always wind up getting up because my brain is PROGRAMED to do so!! Even if I snooze ONCE, I am up when the alarm goes off again because GOTTA START THE DAY!
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  9. I find it soooo helpful when I am meeting a friend for those super early morning runs.
    Yes, it feels s awesome when it is all finished!

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    1. I’m usually don’t eat before my early morning runs. Mostly because I don’t have the time. I rarely am hungry and don’t feel low on energy. My body has definitely gotten used to the early mornings. If I do feel hungry, a banana or a spoonful of almond butter usually does the trick.

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