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.
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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