My Secret to Running at 5 a.m.

Hi everyone! Thanks for all the concern and well wishes yesterday. I’m happy to report that my knee is feeling better. I even did a short little run this morning with no problem.

My plan of icing, foam rolling and strengthening is going strong! I’m also going to be getting new shoes (woo-hoo!) tomorrow. I think my foot is slipping in my shoe therefore causing undo stress on my knee. Hopefully this was just one little blip that won’t happen again.

So I get a LOT of questions about how I can get up and run at 5 a.m. on most days. Thankfully, I’m a morning person so that has never been an issue of wanting to sleep in till 7. I’ve never hit the snooze button a day in my life. I had a roommate in college who did that every morning and it drove me nuts! Second, I’ve found that doing it in the morning is the best way to fit it in without having to worry about any other conflicts. If I waited to after work or after the kids went to bed, I’m sure I’d have an excuse or would just not feel motivated.

I do have a little secret weapon besides just mentally making myself do it. The past few months I have begun doing my own little version of Sun Salutations each morning. I do it as soon as I get up (well, at least after I went to the bathroom! :) ). I set the timer on my phone for 5-10 minutes (depending on how much I can squeeze in) and start to flow. Sun Salutations are a great way to wake the body up, get the blood circulating to all your extremities but also a great way to get a little bit of yoga in before the day begins.

Sun Salutation in Sanskrit is Surya Namaskar. Surya means “Sun,” and Namaskar is a greeting of honor and respect to the divinity present in each one of us. Traditionally, Sun Salutations are done in the morning to welcome the sun and the new day. But a round of Sun Salutations at any point in the day is a great way to feel energy without a large coffee or 5 Hour Energy (which really NO ONE should ever take!).

So my secret is out! The key to running first thing in the morning is MOVING as soon as you get out of bed. Wake those muscles up to feel energized throughout the day. Try it and you’ll see a difference.

22 comments on “My Secret to Running at 5 a.m.

  1. Like you, I’m a morning person. I love my morning hours and often go to bed excited that I get to wake up before everyone else. It’s my quiet time, my me time, my get moving time. So glad another share’s in the appreciation of the beauty of these moments!

    1. I can’t say I actually go to bed excited to wake up early…:) It is kind of cool to be up and moving before so many others. High five fellow morning lover! πŸ˜‰

  2. I’m an early morning person too, but I do hit snooze sometimes! My secret is to get up and get moving before I’m awake enough to realize what I’m doing!

  3. I’m not a morning person. but during the summer if I want to run, I have to make myself get up at 5 and just do it. And I do think the key is to just get up and get moving right away. No snooze buttons for me either. The hubby….king of the snooze button LOL

  4. Yay! So glad to hear your knee is feeling better! I agree with you- if I don’t run before my girl wakes up, it’s just not going to happen- that or she comes with me in the BOB! :)

    1. While I do enjoy running with my kids every once in awhile, a solo run is needed to just to feel like I’m actually semi-fast. Pushing the BOB makes me feel like I’m in quick sand sometimes!

  5. Ha! My secret is a baby that wakes up super early. This morning it was 3:30! Why?!?! I like sun salutations much better!

  6. oh no… you let our secret out. Now everyone is going to be a happy fit mama or a pavement runner. :)

    Sun salutations rock! When I do yoga, which I should do more of, that is what I always begin with. Such a great way to set the tone for the day.

    And yes, morning is the best time to get the workout in. Those pesky excuses always come up later in the day.

  7. I am soooo not a morning person. The only way I can get myself out the door before 8 is to schedule an early morning run with a friend that way I have no other option.
    Send some of those good early morning vibes this way.

  8. What a great idea to start the day with sun salutations. I don’t have a problem getting up early, but moving and getting the blood moving is surely much better that a cup of coffee (though I probably won’t give that up!)

    When I was training seriously for marathons, my husband and I would start our run at about 4:00 am most days of the week. We were running up to 12 miles a couple days a week and that’s the only way to get it in. Even now, because I run before work, or since cross country practice starts at 5:30, I’m getting up early. And, oh yeah, I’m in the desert. If you don’t do it early, you don’t do it (or your stuck on the treadmill, which I can’t stand).

    Glad you’re getting the new shoes. I think that will help.

  9. Quick question about the Sun Salutations. Every time I do them (be it in a yoga class or at home), I start blacking out by the start of the second Salutation. My body does not like the sudden changes in blood pressure from standing to half-fold to downward dog and back. πŸ˜› Any tips to prevent passing out during Sun Salutations?

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