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
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!