Monday, November 12, 2018

What Helped Me Become a Morning Runner

A few years ago when I wanted to get back into racing a little more seriously and not just now and then, I decided the first step would be to take my running a little more seriously. I also needed to make running more regular than it was at the time. I needed it for my emotional and mental health as well as my physical health. So I decided that in order to do these things, I needed to be better about running in the morning and not running some evenings when I had time. I wrote a post about all the things that I was going to do to become a morning runner. And now, a year and a half later, I want to share what actually helped me become more of a morning runner.

Before we start on all of that though, I'll just say that I do not run every morning, and not all of my running happens in the morning. There are still some days where it doesn't work in the morning or that I want to run with someone and I'll end up going in the evening. Trevon and I switch days for who gets to work out in the morning and the other one has to find time during the day or in the evening. I also have to say that right now my running isn't super consistent because I'm coming off of an injury and I usually take things a little easier in the winter time. But the majority of my running does happen in the morning now.



The first change I made is that I started going to bed earlier. We put the kids to bed, I give myself about an hour-hour and a half to start winding down and I'm usually asleep between 10-10:30. I need a full 7 hours of sleep, at least, to be a happy mom. And running makes being a happy mom even easier, so getting 7 hours of sleep before waking up to run means I will have a much happier day!

I make a plan for running ahead of time. Not just that I'm going to go running, but I planned out a route, I laid out my clothes, I told my husband where and when I was going to be running. This always makes getting out of bed way way easier! When you don't have to think about anything but can just get up and go, it's much more likely to happen. On the days that I'm not sure where or how far I'll be running or what strength training workout to do, it's a lot harder for me to get going in the morning.



I started running solo more often. I take all the safety measures I can, and I run on my own instead of with someone. Most of my running buddies are not really morning people, and when you have things to do after your run, you only have so much time to wait around before you start running. So I save running with others for my evening runs.

I took it slow. When your body is used to waking up slow and getting your heart pumping faster later on in the day, it's not the most pleasant feeling to switch it up and go full out all at once. I took my morning runs slower than normal for the first little while and gradually sped up as I felt better.



Now that I run more often in the mornings, I really enjoy those runs! I love that I am able to use those runs as a time to think and meditate. I've used those mornings to speak with God and really listen for His answers. I started looking forward to that peace and it helped me stop having to listen to something every time I ran. I love that running in the morning helps me start my day off positively. I'm not running late because of sleeping in. I don't feel stressed or grumpy in the mornings. And I end up accomplishing more overall during the day.

Running in the morning might feel a little daunting at first if you feel like you don't have time but you might end up really loving it once you start giving it a try!

Are you a morning runner?

What do you do to make getting your run/workout in happen?

What make morning workouts the hardest for you?


13 comments:

  1. I do run better in the morning and I do feel better if I run in the morning. That being said, with my new job, I have to be there too early and I can't be late.

    I am too tired and it is too dark. Lots of excuses. I would need someone to be waiting for me to get me out the door.

    So I make sure I bring clothes to work and run after work faithfully.

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    1. I love that you make it work when you have time to! That's the perfect example for someone who uses the excuse that they don't have time to exercise! Way to go!

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  2. I'm not much of a runner in any sense, but when I do, it's usually morning weekends! Waking up (especially in the winter) and getting a workout in before work has been a definite struggle. I used to be able to do it while I was in school, but over the past couple years...sigh, haha. I need to work on that!

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    1. ugh yes, winter is hard. I hope you have a warm, beautiful day Farrah!

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  3. I can run anytime of the day (that is, if my schedule allows), but I definitely prefer early mornings the most. I'm an early bird (and also a night owl), so the number of sleep hours isn't an issue usually. I do try to lay everything out before going to bed, though, so I don't have to think about it (unless the weather changes).

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    1. I'm the same way. I like to be up early but sometimes I like to stay up late too haha. Have a great day Kimberly!

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  4. I am so not a morning runner at all! I give serious props to those who get out there and get it done before dawn. I need coffee first :)

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    1. I used to be a afternoon/evening runner. And I still love running at those times. I like that is usually warmer and the sun is out and I see more people while I'm out and about. But schedules change so I have to adjust. And I don't mind morning runs either.

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  5. I am 110% a morning runner. I get up between 4:15 and 4:30 to hit the road. I have to get up early to get little man out to school anyway, and if I waited until after all the homework and extracurriculars are done, I wouldn't be getting out to run until 10PM, or so. It's not that I love getting up early, but if I want to get it done, that's the time to do it.

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  6. I am definitely a morning runner, but even now having a PLAN is key. Otherwise I hit the snooze button and then I get frustrated because I have to rush.

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  7. I so needed to read this post! I am trying to get my runs in earlier, but just have such a hard time...espcially with the sleep piece! Love all the tips!

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    1. I’m so glad it helped! I hope you’re able to transition easy and start running in the morning now. Have a beautiful day!

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