Tuesdays on the Run: Become a morning runner

by lachicaruns on

Become a morning runner

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.

Flat chica. Become a morning runner.

Flat chica.

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.

Another potential time saver. Become an early morning runner.

Another potential time saver.

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.

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You, too, can wear a dorky head lamp while you run super early in the morning.

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.

With my early-morning run group, las mañanitas.

With my early-morning run group, las mañanitas.

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.)

Written by: lachicaruns

My name is Gisgie. It’s pronounced geese (like the birds) and gee (like the letter). Now that we’ve met, I’m glad you’re here. I’m an injury-prone runner who manages to find reasons to keep coming back to the road despite ongoing challenges. Most recently, I’ve struggled with piriformis syndrome. I’m currently winning. Most days.

12 Comments

Marcia

The 5am run is a summer staple of mine here. Today it’s already pushing 80 degrees though. Ugh. Great tips. Planning is everything.

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lachicaruns

Thanks for linking up! I have been running before 6 a.m. three days a week this summer. Helps with the heat and gives me more time with the familia.

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Ana

Thank you for this! I was thinking earlier, when I didn’t get up for my morning run, that I wish somebody would do a “how to get out and run in the morning post”.

The only thing I have to adjust is going to be earlier.

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Lynn Schense

Great advice! Having that coffee ready when I wake up is great incentive to roll out of bed. My running clothes are laid out en route to the bathroom so I grab them and change while seated (ahem!) as that is my first stop of the morning. Then I am able to enjoy that pre-run cup of joe! Early morning is my favorite time of day and what better time to do one of my favorite things – run!

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Karen @ Fit in France

I am a morning runner. Up and out before 7 a.m. is really early here in France and I am usually the only one on the road. I like to get it done because 9 times out of 10 if I wait until the end of the day, it doesn’t get done.

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Gina

I do every one of these!! My alarm rings 4-5 days a week at 4:45. At first it was awful. Now it’s normal and I wouldn’t want it any other way! Great post

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lachicaruns

Do you wake up by yourself at that time on your days off? Maybe someone needs to write a blog post about how NOT to wake up so early on the other days!

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