In my quest to help you find more time to run, here are tips to help you head out really early without dying (also an ongoing theme around here). This is especially important if you’re looking to either increase the times you run in a week or avoid the summer temperatures that can make running so unpleasant.
Lay out everything you need the day before. You know those “flat” photos runners post before race day where they lay out every single item on the ground and take a picture? Do that the evening before your early morning run. Photo optional. Grab every item you might need on your morning run, from your head to your toes, including headlamp, headphones, hydration vest, sports bra, GPS watch, top, bottoms, socks and running shoes. Bonus points for putting everything right next to your bed so you can change right away.
Plan your breakfast if you’re having any. I set up my coffee pot and plan my breakfast the night before an early-morning run. If you don’t eat before a run, plan what you’re going to eat when you get back so you don’t waste time when you should be getting ready for school or work. Bonus points for making a few healthy options on the weekend that you can reheat.
Set your alarm(s). Some runner friends set three or admit to hitting snooze multiple times. I get up when my alarm goes off so I don’t wake el husbando up. Whatever works for you, even if it’s putting the alarm clear across the room to force yourself to get up to turn it off. Bonus points for using an inspirational song as your wake-up call.
Make friends. I am fortunate to have many runner friends, including several in my immediate neighborhood. We meet up a couple of mornings a week to run at 5:15. Brutal, yes, but knowing that they’re outside waiting for me makes me get up on those days when I’d rather stay under the covers. Bonus points for starting a running group if there isn’t one in your area.
Take a selfie. Getting up for morning runs is hard. If posting your run on social media encourages you to do it again, consider making it a tradition. It may also help with finding other friends to run with. Bonus points for having a friend who buys you a selfie stick small enough that you can carry in your running skirt pocket (thanks, Vicki!).
While I’m admittedly a morning person, I used to really struggle to get up for our earliest runs. A year into the tradition and I look forward to that time when we’re all sporting head lamps to head out for four miles when most of our neighbors are still sleeping or just getting up. There’s something about spending that quiet time with friends that helps set the tone for the rest of the day, even when things get hairy in the office later.
And remember that I post my family’s dinner menu most weeks to help you save even more time.
While I didn’t follow the day’s theme, I’m still linking up for Tuesdays on the Run, the weekly link-up with hosts runner bloggers MCM Mama Runs, My No Guilt Life and Marcia’s Healthy Slice. Go check them out.
Do you have any tips to share? Have you seen any weird things while out on the run early in the morning? Feel free to share your blog post if you’ve written about this topic. (Click on “Continue Reading” to leave a comment.)