Running in the morning used to sound terrible to me. I loathed the idea. Now, it's second nature. For the last four years, I've been a 5/6am runner. AND? I LOVE it! If you skip over this entire post and just want the cliff notes version, the biggest takeaway is to set a goal, find a morning routine that works, and try to stick to it for 2 weeks (get my goal setting guide for free HERE!).
There are so many benefits when you become a morning runner (duh!)
The feeling of satisfaction when it's 8 am and your workout is done for the day. #bosstatus There's nothing better! Your metabolism is going, you feel energized, and you know you have the ENTIRE rest of the day to relax and do other important things. It's the best feeling!
And, then there's the cherry on top. Views like this. #allthehearteyes
How I became a morning runner, and you can, too.
Find a friend/group/workout buddy willing to wake up early.
Hands down, this is the biggest game changer for me in becoming a morning runner. Knowing I don't have to run at zero dark thirty by myself helps me get out of bed when I don't want to. I wrote an entire post on how to find a running partner, so definitely check that one out!
Prep as much as possible the night before. (Do this every night!)
Lay out running clothes the night before. I put mine in the bathroom, as I know I'll go there first in the morning. This makes it so much easier to just put them on and go! Also, prepare any pre-run fuel you may need. For hard workout days, I always eat a peanut butter sandwich. When made the night prior, I can just grab and go. Coffee drinker? Set the coffee maker to automatically start brewing, or put your Keurig cup in the machine!
Preparing the night before allows for an extra five minutes of sleep! This one is such an easy fix, and it helps immensely when trying to become a morning runner!
Be reminded of the long term goal every day.
This is huge for setting a routine and trying to become a morning runner. Whether we like to admit it or not, having a carrot dangling in front of us is just motivating. When I was first chasing my 1:30 half marathon, I had a sticky note on my computer screen that I saw every day. The goal was never ambiguous. Saying and writing down goals is incredibly powerful, as is seeing them. Having your goal in front of you makes it so much easier to get up and get the run done! Need help setting realistic goals? Get my free goal-setting guide here.
Set 4 alarms, then get off the phone and go to bed.
Laying in bed until midnight scrolling through Instagram is a terrible habit (I'm guilty of it!). My husband and I try to stay off our phones an hour before bed, as looking at a screen actually makes it difficult to fall asleep, and even harder to get up! Additionally, go ahead and set multiple alarms. I am so bad about snoozing my alarm and going back to sleep, so I always set 2 alarms. Another easy fix is putting the phone in the other room during the night, which forces you to get out of bed in the morning to turn off the alarm. Brutal, yes, but it works!