How to Become a Morning Runner

How to Become a Morning Runner

As no secret to anyone, it’s summer, and it’s hot.

This means it’s time to complain about the heat and weather.  If your weather is anything like New Jersey, then several days have pushed triple digits and record highs.  I’ll be the first to admit even though our humidity is relatively high, our weather is not as bad as other parts of the country.  I don’t miss living in Texas or Virginia Beach right now.

There are many options to run through the summer such as running on the treadmill or running outside in the early morning.  I can’t say I’ve always been a morning runner but since college and working, I’ve had to get up earlier. I made the transition from afternoon/lunch to early morning runner.  To be honest, I’ve personally never been an evening or late night runner.  I heard a rumor grandmas don’t run late at night. Becoming a morning runner isn’t as hard as you might think!

Working out in the morning allows you to relax in the evening. You don’t have to worry about juggling a workout in the evening, plus typically the weather is a bit cooler.

How to Become a morning runner

So how do you become a morning runner? How do you make that transition?

Gradually begin waking up earlier:

To make becoming a morning runner an easy transition, don’t go from waking up at 7 to waking up at 4. Try waking up at 6:30 and then 6.  It’s easier that way.

Sleep in Your Workout Clothes:

Most workout clothes are moisture-wicking and comfortable to sleep in.  I’ve slept in work out gear or running gear plenty of times.  When I wake up, I just pop in my contacts, brush my teeth and out the door, I go. Some people need a few minutes to drink coffee and do their business before they head out the door. Figure out the pre run morning routine for you and it won’t be as hard to become a morning runner. To become a morning runner, you need your clothing prepped so there are fewer excuses when you wake up.

Turn off the technology at night:

Over the years, I’ve made a habit of turning technology off between 8:30-9:30  Even if I’m not sleeping, I’m logged off the computer.  Disconnect yourself from social media. Honestly, I feel better, and I sleep better and I’m able to get 8 hours of sleep.

Stick to It:

It takes about three weeks to become truly acclimated to the time difference and become a morning runner.  Give yourself three weeks to feel good.  It starts with setting your alarm clock and resisting the urge to hit the snooze button.

Just Do It:

Sometimes thinking about something is the worst thing we can do.  If we take the plunge and make something a habit, it makes it much easier to become a morning runner.  Go to sleep and wake up ready to run. In the first few weeks, you won’t “love running early,” but as you continue your early morning runs, you might realize you are a morning person. Those morning workouts start your day on the right foot.

The biggest piece of advice I can give about becoming a morning runner is (you guessed it):  Just Do it. 

Questions for you:

Do you workout in the morning? Any advice?

What is your favorite time to workout?