Running in the morning can be very challenging to most people. Nowadays, I consider myself an early riser. But I wasn’t always like that. In the past I used to hate early risers and everything that has to do with waking up early — even having a job was a drag and something I had to just go through and be done with it.
As I started running, I noticed my schedule getting tighter and tighter. I couldn’t keep my training schedule constantly in the afternoon; we all have our errands to run and commitment to keep up to. As a result I decided to schedule my runs in the morning. I have to admit — it was a big challenge-dragging myself each morning out of bed. As I practiced more and more, this challenge became easier and more doable.
So; here the 5 strategies you need to learn if you want to become an early morning runner:
1- Early to bed, early to rise
This is quite obvious and everyone seems to have a clear understanding of it, but not all people abide to it. Many people love staying up late and waking up only in the crack of noon — that’s classic procrastination. Get in this habit and have adequate amount of sleep, you will reap much more benefits.
2- Pre-run preparation
Prepare your running gear and equipments in the night before your run. Doing so will allow you to be much more focused in the morning without having to stumble between a million things-which is obviously a waste of your time and energy.
3- Hydration is essential
Make sure to drink enough water first thing in the morning. Your body will surely be well dehydrated after 7 or 8 hours of sleep. You could also eat some banana or an energy bar; having some nutrients will boost your performance level and sustain your energy needs.
4- Alarm clock
Set the alarm clock at the same time each morning; your body will adapt itself and develop a habit of waking up at the settled hour. Therefore, this task will get effortless once it turns to be a habit. I also find it very helpful to visualize the time I would I would like to get up at when I’m drifting to sleep.
5- Training schedule
Always be checking with your training plan. If you don’t have one yet, you should come up with a training plan on the spot. It’s not complicated in fact it’s much easier. Having a clear plan will remove all the cloudiness and confusion from your thinking; allowing better motivation and consistent action.
Last word of advice is that you don’t need to do these strategies verbatim. Perfection is the enemy of progress. If you can only run 2 or 3 times in the morning per week, you will be way ahead of everybody else. You could also change your running schedule in order to spice up your training keep your it exciting and enjoyable.
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