As the days kept getting longer and longer and my calendar kept filling up quicker and quicker, I knew that I needed to shift my workouts to the morning time in order to guarantee they’d happen. However…I HATE waking up early and knew that dragging myself out of bed before 7am (or, even AT 7am, which isn’t that early to some folks, I know!) was going to be a struggle. I pretty much look at people like this if they ask me to wake up early…
So I knew it’d be tough transitioning myself to a morning runner, but I’m proud to say that now 95% of my workouts happen in the morning (with the occasional lunch gym trip or after work group run). How’d I do it? In 5 steps:
- Set my alarm earlier than I really needed to wake up. I’ve had to come to grips with the fact that I’m a snoozer. It is VERY rare that I don’t snooze. So in order to accommodate that, I set my alarm about 15 minutes earlier than the time I absolutely have to wake up. This way, I can still snooze and get my morning run in.
- Go.to.bed. Seriously, this is so important. Before committing to waking up for morning workouts, I’d stay up until after 1am most nights. Now, because I’m waking up earlier, I begin winding down around 10pm and am usually ready to turn out the reading light by 11:30pm. Which is still too late, but it’s a process.
- Made it easy on myself in the morning. I lay out my running gear, fix my lunch and make overnight oats before I go to bed. That way, in the morning, all I have to do is step into my clothes. When I come back from my run, breakfast is ready and my lunch is already prepared. Win!
- Don’t push back the wakeup time on days you don’t run. I think this is really important. I set my alarm clock for the same time each weekday morning. I think if I didn’t do this, I’d have a much harder time waking up on running days (and lately, everyday is a running day since I’m streaking).
- ACCOUNTABILITY. I make myself accountable both to my online running friends and to K, and other friends. If I tell someone I’m going running in the morning, then dang it, I will run in the morning, if only to avoid having to admit I didn’t. It’s odd but it works.
Are you a morning runner? If not, have you ever tried it? You might like it!