5 Tips for Running in the Morning | Motivational Monday

I am not a morning person.  I've ignored my 6am alarm more times than I care to admit.  I'm not a night owl either.  I can rock 10am like it's nobody's business, though!  I have a flexible schedule and can get away with mid-day workouts at the gym and when the weather is just right, I can go for a mid-morning or early afternoon run.  Unfortunately, even with a flexible schedule, sometimes it's just best to get your workout done and over with first thing in the morning, then you can focus on the rest of your day without interruption for a mid-day sweat fest.  An early morning run also guarantees it gets done.  I've had plenty of days when I had every intention of working out or going for a run mid-morning, but then life happens and my workout doesn't.  

Take today for example, I ignored the 6am alarm clock.  I told myself I'd go run at the indoor track at the gym this afternoon, but then my 9 year old woke up sick and didn't go to school.  Now, I'm left trying to figure out when I'll get to run today and it most likely won't be the 5 miles I was planning.  How I wish I'd just sucked it up and gone for my run this morning.  I know I would have felt great afterwards.  And that's just it, while I'm fighting with myself to get out of bed, I need to remember how good it feels when it's done!  I'm determined to make early morning runs part of my routine, especially since I'm considering running the Hoover Dam Half Marathon in December!  So, I've come up with a plan to help me and those of you who also struggle getting out of bed in the mornings to prepare for early morning runs.

  1. Set out your clothes & gear the night before.  We've all heard this before, but I think it really does help.  Not only does it save you time in the morning, but by going through the motions of setting it all up beforehand you are making a commitment to yourself that you will get up!  
  2. Go to bed early.  Here's another given.  If you want to wake up early, you have to go to bed earlier than usual.  Plan an earlier bed time and make it happen.  
  3. Visualization.  Visualizing yourself running your route is a good way to keep motivated.  It especially helps to visualize the end of the run and how you feel when it's done.  
  4. Make Plans.  Whether you make plans to run with a friend or a running group, having that accountability will always get me out of bed!  
  5. Suck it up buttercup!   No whining, no complaining, just get up and go for it.  Because, when it's done, you'll feel amazing!  

Do you have any tips or tricks for getting your morning runs done?  Feel free to share them in the comments below!  Thanks :)