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? 


  1. Absolutely agree with your advice of just do it. The first week is going to suck, but once you get in the habit it does get easier! Plus, for me, if I just get out of bed and get moving, I’m fine. It’s just that first action that’s hard! I try to keep that in mind, and have coffee ready 🙂

  2. I’ve pretty much always been a morning running except when I was running for school. I’m just one of those people that’s exhausted at night so running after work is out of the question. I like my nights free… to sit on the couch and eat. And in the summer months, it’s brutally hot, so it’s not really a choice. Sleeping in my running clothes on Tuesday nights does make the 4:45am alarm easier on Wednesday mornings.

  3. Almost always a morning runner. We have a small group that gets together a 5am. I think it helps to have people waiting for you, because you are less likely to roll over and go back to sleep. Also, when you are finished, you have accomplished something significant in your day before most people are even awake!

  4. I just decided I hated running in the heat more than I love sleeping in. Maybe run a few days at the hottest part of the day, and then try running in the morning for a few days. That’ll learn ya 😉

    1. The first time you run in 100 degree weather I feel like you are forever changed. That is so true Jeph!

  5. I am a morning workout girly. It’s not just to beat the heat, but since I work at home, it is just a part of my routine. I either run or go to the gym to lift. It forces me to shower and dress, and it resembles a commute.

    Plus, I work better when I have that feeling of accomplishment through the day, that I got a workout in. I do give myself at least one morning a week to sleep in, though. I think that helps keep me going on the other days.

  6. I like mornings or nights for working out… Ideally I love 9-10am, but really I’ll do anything outside of 1-7… those are my useless hours 😆 These are really great tips though, and I also think that the attitude you approach it with makes a big difference. If you think of it as torture, it’s going to feel like it. But if you look at it in a more positive light, you’ll enjoy it a lot more.

  7. After nearly 30 years of working out, my times have run the gamut – after classes, before dinner in college, after work when I started working, before work AND after work for a while there (run morning, lift after work), at lunch time (now, mostly) or mornings (on the weekends especially). Having kids, starting nine years ago, has caused me to adapt to different workout times depending on when they awake. I’m a morning person anyway, my wife isn’t. I guess I’m pretty adaptable. I like all of your ideas about how to gear yourself up for a morning run…except for the sleeping in your running clothes. Not sure I’d ever do that :-). The only thing I’d say is to perhaps get that decent meal in your system the night before so you have some fuel in your belly, especially if you don’t want to wake up EXTRA early to eat. And maybe have the coffee already brewed so you can suck down a cup and go.

    (Ironically, I was to do a morning run today, woke up earlier to eat some oatmeal. It was raining, but not to bad…but by the time I was able to do, it was POURING down rain. Now I feel like I wasted that breakfast. *sigh*)

  8. I’m a person who wakes up starving so it’s been difficult for me to figure out running early and feeling fueled but without eating too much. Do you have any advice for that?

    1. I actually normally eat a full breakfast before I run. I always wake up starving and normally have a waffle with peanut butter. I know a lot of people can run on empty stomach but I cannot.

  9. I’ve definitely slept in my workout clothes before!! It really does make it easier and more motivating in the morning! I also find that running with a friend is the best way to keep me accountable 🙂

  10. I run in the mornings during the summer to beat the heat. It’s been particularly brutal this summer. I love heading out the door as the birds and city are waking up. Like some previous posts above, it is great to accomplish something before most people are on the move.

  11. Great post. One would think that since I’m up at 5 am to take my son to work, I would run in the am this summer, but since I go to bed so late, it feels so good just to crawl back in bed until my regular 7:15 wake up call. This is a great advice. Three weeks…OK… I think I can… 🙂

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