Friday Five: Tips for Becoming a Morning Runner

Friday Five: Tips for Becoming a Morning Runner

I’m linking up with MarCynthia, and Courtney for a Friday Five post! Thanks for hosting ladies!

If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know that I’ve been trying to hop back on the 5am workout train. I’m not 100% committed again but I’m almost there. Earlier in the year, I was in the best early morning running routine & it made my life exponentially better. Since I’ve fallen out of the groove, my training has been suffering immensely. I HATE running after work. I have absolutely no desire to come home and run unless I’ve had a stressful day. This is why I started working out in the mornings.

I love completing its fine i ranmy workout before the day even really begins for so many reasons. It kicks the day off right with a metabolism boost making me feel energized and uplifted all day. It makes me feel good about myself all day at work that I’ve already ran. It gets endorphin’s flowing first thing in the morning. I don’t have to worry about running once 5pm rolls around. In the summer it helps to beat the heat. I could go on and on…

All in all, morning running has many benefits. Here are 5 tips that I find most important to be successful in starting and continuing with an early morning running routine!

5 Tips For Becoming A Morning Runner

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Positive Attitude: This is the most important one. Instead of dreading & complaining about your early morning workout, think about how awesome you’ll feel post-run and the fact that you’re kicking butt before most people even wake up!

Dorothy Beal, a 26x marathoner and author of the blog Mile Posts, says “Don’t think about how you have to run first thing in the morning.  It’s more that you get to run. Get rid of the negative thoughts. As silly as it seems, tell yourself, ‘Wow, this is going to be great. I love getting up while most people are sleeping!’ Your mind will believe it.”mind is powerful

Start Out Slow: To make things easier & keep you more likely to stick to waking up early, start out small. Wake up 25-30 minutes earlier than normal on the first week. Then, keep setting it earlier & earlier until you’re waking up at your goal time. Start with shorter runs so your morning habit seems more manageable until you become adapted to morning running. This approach may not work for everyone since some people are the ‘all or nothing’ type, but it’s a good idea if you know you’ll need to ease into it.

Early To Bed: Sleep is important. Not only is it vital for your overall health but it’s equally as important for your running. If you’re getting up earlier, you’ll need to adjust on the other end too. Become disciplined with sleep and waking up earlier will be way easier! Set a strict bedtime between M-F so you’ll get in the habit of getting enough sleep.later in the day why i didnt run

Be Prepared: Lay out your workout clothes & running gear the night before. This will make things easier once you wake up and don’t have to scramble around to get ready! Even better- sleep in your workout clothes! There’s really no excuse for you to not get up & go run once your alarm goes off if you’re already dressed. Another key to being prepared is knowing your route and how long it should take. Plan accordingly to adjust what time you need to wake up so you have enough time to get your run in then come home and get ready for the day.

No Snoozing: Get out of bed as soon as the alarm goes off… DON’T HIT SNOOZE! Leave your phone or alarm clock at the other side of the room so you are forced to wake up and shut it off. Once you are out of bed, don’t get back in! Hit the road running 🙂 either you run the day

Becoming a morning runner will (most likely) be hard at first, so be patient with yourself. If you hit snooze and skip your running one morning, don’t beat yourself up about it & just try again the next morning. Be positive about the changes you are making and eventually it will stick!


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17 thoughts on “Friday Five: Tips for Becoming a Morning Runner”

  • I was so good about my morning running after my marathon and now I haven’t done it in weeks 🙁 My life was out of whack and busy for a while and I miss my AM runs a lot but I am just way more tired than usual in the morning now, especially as I readjust to life after vacation. It sucks!! 🙁

    One tip I will add to your list that I’ve realized makes a huge difference, especially for people like me who aren’t natural early risers, is this: if you want to be consistent with your AM runs, start your week off with them! Do them early in the week, as your first workouts – DO NOT put them off until Weds, Thurs, Fri. This is the mistake I’m making – I schedule PM workouts (tempo runs, speed work, hills that aren’t near home/gym) early in the week and then expect to be able to do AM running later in the week. It is working out terribly. If I start off with AM running on Mon/Tues, when I’m still feeling fresh, I am much more likely to continue it throughout the week because I’ve already gotten myself started. Okay, now that my novel is over, I need to go revisit next week’s schedule and move that Tuesday tempo run ASAP!

    • i TOTALLY agree with that tip!!! If you start off right on Monday with early running it’s WAY easier to continue the rest of the week. My scheduled rest day this training cycle is Monday & I’m pretty sure that’s messing with me!

  • Being prepared is huge for me! I make sure to lay out my clothes and gear so that I won’t have to look for anything in the morning. Also having a route planned out helps a lot so I don’t have to think at all in the morning! I also bribe myself by saying that I can buy a coffee drink (starbucks, crazy mocha, dunkin, etc) if I wake up and run before work! Otherwise, it’s just keurig coffee for me 🙂

  • These are good tips. Yeah, sometimes you need the rest and sleeping in, so don’t beat yourself up about it, but I’ve found that once I’m in the groove of morning running, I am good! It is definitely something you have to keep up several mornings a week. I always sleep in and take a rest day on Friday so that gives me something to look forward to ;).

  • Such good tips! I am getting ready to start a new school year with lots of super early workouts and for me, it takes a lot of planning the day before. Everything has to be ready to go: bags packed, outfit chosen, food packed, even my breakfast needs to be prepared! I’m high maintenance, hah!

  • I’ve been struggling with having to run in the morning since starting running again (and starting to blog about it…). I’m doing okay with most of these 5, except the getting to bed early thing. Need to work on that! But I’m slowly being converted to morning running. It’s painful when the alarm goes off, but it’s lovely once you’re out there.

  • Love the tips for morning runs! My best races have come from making the commitment to train in the morning, rather than just assuming I’ll find time to run later in the day. I love to reward myself for being consistent with little prizes like running socks, hair ties, or Starbucks! Thanks for sharing.

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