Becoming the morning person you always dreamt of with early morning runs and a morning workout
Groggy, tired, hazy, and your ears are still ringing from that horrendous monotonous and unrelenting alarm clock. It sucks. But what if you woke up in the morning with a lot of energy, clear-headed and ready to go about your day?
Most people know that in order to wake up well, you have to take plenty of water on board before bed, little to no blue light around an hour before sleep and all of the other little bits that feed into it.
Where am I going with this?
If you want to be up in the early morning, ready for a morning run and become the early morning running morning runner, then you have to… you guessed it…
Read this post about how to run in the morning.
Let’s run through it.
One key trick to an early morning run with no hesitation or fuss is to get the right sleep. It seems obvious, but most fail to wake up to this apparent revelation. In order to do so, you can try the following tips from Verywell Fit –
- Avoid caffeine or alcohol three hours before bedtime.
- Don’t take midday naps.
- Get into a nightly routine to help you unwind, such as a warm bath, meditation, or listening to calming music.
- Plan to go to sleep at the same time every night.
- Set up a quiet and comfortable bedroom.
- Stop watching TV, reading, or electronic devices an hour before bedtime.
All in all, do all that you can to promote healthy sleep. Your running lifestyle is the only exception to the rule – if you snooze, you lose.
Having an alarm clock is one of the modern marvels of the 20th century. Prior to their inception, they used to hire people, with sticks, to come around and tap on your window. Now, however, you’ll be surprised to hear that you should make your alarm clock a little less convenient for you.
Running in the morning requires actually getting up, and if you’ve ever heard of the word snooze button, then you’ve heard of the word temptation, too. Moving your alarm clock away from you will actually get you up. You don’t need to worry about getting out of bed earlier you just need to worry about getting up when that horrifying buzzing begins at 7:00 am.
Planning may be a drag, but you don’t need a 5-foot roll of whiteboard material and a rigid routine to make use of one. Running early often starts with thinking early. A good night’s sleep is, of course, great, but you want to be thinking about that run as soon as you get up. And unless you have dreams (or nightmares…) about your running routine, then you may be distracted by all of the other things you have to do.
Think, plan a route, and run.
From a post-run snack as a reward to a running buddy, there are far more solutions to your early morning management issues.
Do what’s right for you.
Will comfy running shoes help here?
Most probably. Having uncomfortable shoes is just another thing you have to worry about.