Many people love starting their day with a morning run. It allows you to be more relaxed, refreshed and feel accomplished throughout the entire day. It can also make you more organized since a morning run requires planning ahead. However, getting into this routine is not the easiest task for most people, even for the most motivated of runners.
The first step in making running a part of your morning routine is making sleep a priority and getting enough of it. Your body needs 7-8 hours of sleep per night, so if you know you have an early wake-up, plan your evening accordingly. When setting your alarm, even leave yourself a few extra minutes in the morning to really wake up.
Prepare the night before
A useful way to stay on track is to prepare your running clothes and gear the night before. Check the weather before and lay out what you’re going to wear and take with you. This way you will save time and won’t be distraught in the morning trying to organize yourself in the dark. It is also a way to keep yourself motivated and avoid falling into the trap of snoozing through your alarm.
Once you are feeling awake and ready to run, it is important to take the time to warm up properly. Your muscles are often stiff first thing in the morning since they haven’t moved for the entire night. By taking a few minutes to complete a dynamic warm-up it can seriously help prevent the risk of injury. If you are unfamiliar with how to warm up, there are several videos online that explain exactly the correct techniques.
Find a running partner
If you are able to find a running partner, then you are much less likely to miss your run. Committing to running with a friend will make you more accountable to stick to the plan. It is also important to be gentle with yourself and keep in mind that it takes time to get into a routine. There will inevitably be setbacks, however, once you get into the routine it will become much easier and natural.
It’s a process
Waking up so early that you are not even sure if it’s morning or the middle of the night, is hard. It’s even harder when you’re not used to it. That’s why it’s crucial to take this as a slow process and understand that this does not have to happen overnight.
Running in the morning can be very tough, especially in the first few strides. If you learn to embrace the movement, you will feel as though it just gets easier and easier, and more and more comfortable and natural. So when you feel as though you can’t do it, you just have to do it and remember how great you will feel afterward. In the grand scheme of your day, your morning run is such a small part of it, however, will go such a long day in changing your day.
Another tip for making your early morning wake up easier is to stay warm. There is nothing worse than changing in the freezing cold when your warm and cozy bed is right there. Some people even go to bed in their running clothes to avoid the initial morning coldness. And if you really need some extra motivation to get yourself out the door, you can follow some of the professionals who write themselves motivational notes on the door.
Furthermore, you will have to make peace with the pain and always keep in mind that it is temporary and worth it. And once you wake up early for a few mornings, you will be more tired at night and therefore want to go to bed earlier anyway, making a new morning routine a part of your daily schedule.