As y’all read this I am either on a plane or happily enjoying lower humidity out on the West Coast. I am in the Seattle area for a few days taking part in Oiselle’s annual bird camp for the team (essentially adult running camp) and I will share all about the fun once I’m back in DC. In the interim, we have a fun Friday Five topic this week: running tips! I’m sharing five tips on becoming a morning runner. I don’t run in the morning all the time (my track workouts are in the evenings) but for long runs and MOST of my weekday runs the morning is it. If you aren’t a morning person (I’m not), I hope you find these tips helpful! Per usual, I’m linking up with my girls Cynthia and Mar for the #Friday Five. You can read our linkup rules here. Please, please, please follow the rules! Note that if you don’t play nicely, we will delete your link. Have a wonderful weekend!
I’ve talked about this a few years ago (in an old post that I need to update), but thought it was worth revisiting. And just in case you aren’t convinced in the benefits of running in the morning, I included a (#nofilter) picture from the start of my long run last weekend. How beautiful is that sunrise? I hate waking up early but to see God’s glory displayed like that is completely worth it in my humble opinion.
- Find an accountability partner. For me this is absolutely CLUTCH. If I am not meeting someone to run early in the morning, chances are HIGH that I will not get out of bed. I know it’s terrible that I’m willing to cancel on myself, but it is what it is. That’s why I make sure to SCHEDULE pretty much all of my early morning runs with other run buddies! It works.
- Go to bed. This one can be hard as well. However, after a few days of early wake ups, going to bed does get easier!
- Lay out your clothing and gear. I always have to do this. I’m just not with it enough at zero dark thirty to make sure I have everything I want for the run. Setting everything out just makes it easier and saves me time.
- Reward yourself. I do this in a number of ways – either with the promise of my favorite breakfast or a sweet new piece of Oiselle gear or by saving up a story so I can tell it to my bud while we’re running. Whatever it takes, y’all.
- Set more than one alarm. I actually don’t need to do this anymore but I used to. Now one 5am alarm is enough and I often wake up before it goes off. But if you are just trying to get the hang of morning runs, you might want to set a few alarms so when you turn one off in your sleep, you won’t miss your run!
What kind of running tips are you sharing today? What is the best running related tip you’ve ever received?