Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Morning Runner



My entire life, I've wanted to be a morning person. And as I get older, I get up earlier than I did say in college (which is probably because I go to bed MUCH earlier than I did in college) but I still for the life of me cannot trick myself into being a morning runner.

 With the temperatures reaching the triple digits here in Boise, my running is taking a hit. Last summer I ran at lunch time, but I've recently shortened my lunch hour at work to have a more flexible schedule (hello every other Friday off) and by the time I get off work, its too hot to even stand outside for a moment much less go for a five mile run.

So, I've done my research and am now officially trying to trick train myself into becoming a morning runner. I already wake up at 5:30 AM every day to be at work by 7:00, so this means I need to be up and running by 5:00 AM at the latest. I tried every day last week to set an alarm, but I couldn't resist the snooze button.

My mission for these next two weeks is to attempt each one of these tips I've compiled, and hopefully, I will be successful at becoming a morning runner.

1. Lay out your clothes the night before so you don't have to scramble around in the morning. For me this includes making sure my watch is charged and my headphones are ready to go too. (I always lose those things!)

2. Set alarm clock across the room. Yep, sorry husband. This is happening.

3. Find a buddy to run with. This one may be tricky...but maybe I can talk someone into it. As long as they're close by because I can't sacrifice any extra sleep for driving time.

4. Get more sleep. Like, duh. In order for me to do this, I'm probably going to need to limit my afternoon caffeine intake (oops to that iced coffee at 4:00 PM) and I will also be instilling a no social media after 8:00 PM rule. GULP!

5. Don't hit snooze. Just get up. If I could just do tip number 5, I probably wouldn't need the rest of these tips.

6. Expose yourself to natural light.  Pretty sure the sun isn't up at 5:00 AM but maybe turning on a lamp right away will help?

7. End at the coffee shop. This might work on the weekends but it seems a little unfair considering I have to shower and get ready for work. But you bet I'll be ending at my coffee pot in the kitchen, or maybe treat myself to a Starbucks on the days I run.

8. Start gradually, and set your alarm for 20-30 minutes earlier. This is my plan for this week-I am going to set my alarm for 5:00 and see if I can talk myself into sneaking in a 20-25 minute run until I get used to getting up early, and then I'll set it for a few minutes earlier. A short run is better than no run, right?

9. Wake up at the same time every day. It's going to be  a straight miracle if I can manage to wake up at 5:00 AM on Saturdays. A MIRACLE. The thought is that your body will naturally get in the habit of waking up at that time, but I am not sure I buy this because I've been waking up around 5:30 for work for over two years and I still don't wake up any time near that god forsaken hour when I dont have to!

Stay tuned-I will be attempting these tips and tricks for the next two weeks and will report back. Before I begin my mission, do you early risers have any tips for me? I am determined to become a morning runner before summer is over! Help me morph myself into a morning person!


22 comments:

  1. Ahhh that is awesome. See i already wake up at 5:50 am and i have to be at work by 730. i just eat, drink coffee, feed my dogs, and check emails. Let me know how this works for yu, i may have to try it.

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  2. I'm a morning person for waking up but I putter around... I'm taking the next two weeks myself to exercise in the morning... no luck yet but I'm not giving up. Oh... not sure I could give up social media at 8... something to think about :-)

    I too wake up early for work but the weekend is for sleeping in... I don't get up early on weekends.... that will be a tough sell for me...haha :-)

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  3. I used to be really good at running in the morning but having to be at work at 8 has definitely changed that!

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  4. I used to be a morning workout person too - but then I got REAL lazy. But it was such an awesome feeling to be done with your workout by 7am! Preparation was definitely the key!

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  5. Brittany. These tips are so good, although your commentary was the best haha! I'm totally doing this with you. Granted, I don't have to get up NEARLY as early to make it work, so all the more reason I better stinking do this!! We got this, girl!!!

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  6. I love the idea of laying out all that you need in the morning. If I plan to work out that early, I may wake up at 5, but I don't get out of the house till 5:15. I need to try all of your tips!

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  7. I've been on the struggle bus with my running this month. It's SO hot here (Columbia, SC--our city's slogan is "Famously Hot") and our a/c has been broken at least twice a week since May. Going to have to really start working on these tips! Thank you for this list!

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  8. Can you please just be my trainer? These tips are all so great...I so need to get myself back into the running game. I was never a great runner, but I finally found that runner's high, and then I quit. Womp womp. Thanks for the encouragement. I need to take after you, sister!

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  9. I def need to do this. I am trying to get myself into running :(

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  10. Great tips, I hope that they work for you! I used to be a "snoozer" too, but now my husband switched jobs and has to get up by 5am so I get up with him. That made ALL the difference for me. I think once you've done it for a couple weeks, it'll get a little easier. Putting the alarm clock on the other side of the room should help too, resist the urge to climb back in! HAHA

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  11. I am a morning runner, and I will be honest.. people that run in the afternoon amaze me. 1- they have a sincere amount of discipline because I don't want to do more work after work, and 2- its HOT! A few things that work for me: Go ahead and lay out your work clothes too, it helps you not rush as much. Start small. If your go to mileage is 5, maybe start with 3 for your first week switching, this just gives your body time to adjust. And remember, it only takes 3 weeks of consistently doing something to create a habit. So in three weeks, you'll wonder how you ever didn't run in the mornings! At least that's the goal, right?! Good luck!!

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  12. Every single day I tell myself I will go tot he gym before work. As in I get everything ready before I go to bed etc, and every single day I hit snooze. I think it's the fact that I don't hate going after work so I always have that for a backup. I really really really want to go in the morning, I hope this works for you, because I'll follow in your foot steps if it does!

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  13. Girl, yes, so many tips because this is my life. I'm up at 5:30 to run every morning because work and all that shizz slash HOT HEAT in the summer.

    My biggest motivation is that I tell myself if I don't do it I'm going to get fat. Seriously. That gets me out of bed like my ass is on fire. Like really Amber GET UP BECAUSE CELLULITE IS CHASING YOU. That usually works. The coffee shop is awesome... My mom and I run together and end at Starbucks then walk home two or three times a week and this makes it so much easier to get up. (Seriously my alarm says RUN YOUR ASS OFF THEN COFFEE.)

    More than that though I realize I have to streamline my mornings. So I pick out my outfit (for work) the night before. I've worked so hard to master dry shampooing and french braids and hats to make getting ready that much faster. And I usually have my lunch ready and in the fridge the night before. All those things added together helps take off some of that morning time rush that we all hate.

    YOU CAN DO THIS BOO.

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  14. I do most of these things and I get up at 4 to run every morning. Consistency is the key but Ive slacked off majorly this week but a break here and there is ok I guess.

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  15. I am not a morning person at all, but with the summer heat, the morning is the best time to get outside for a run, or in my case a walk/jog. I'm going to try some of these to see if I can trick myself into getting up earlier!

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  16. I worked at a coffee shop all through college and had to be up everyday at 4:30. For some reason though when I try to wake up to work out it does not happen for me. Having a buddy to meet up with really helps so much. Good luck!

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  17. This is awesome! I have been working on being a morning worker outer too. It is hard, but doable!

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  18. I have been saying for months now that I want to start running in the morning. I even lay my workout clothes right next to my bed sometimes... and most times? I don't go :( And yes, a bribe of coffee tends to work but I can definitely use some of these other tips from you! Thank you!! *fistpump*

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  19. If I lived nearby, I would totally join you! It's always been my dream to wake up and get moving, but I need accountability. And to move my alarm. Haha.

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  20. I so want to be a morning person but I can't do it. Not at all. And I even want to be a morning runner. The problem is, I use running to destress and I'm not stressed out when I first wake up. I also am already an extremely grumpy morning person. My goal this coming semester is to become a morning running person. Ugh. It sounds so nice in theory. In actuality, I hate it.

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  21. Ha I just told my husband I was going to become a morning person. honestly, I don't think I would have to get up too much earlier, I Just never do. but slowly, I am working on waking up earlier. (also, you should switch to Disquis comments because you don't get spammed)

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