Recently I received a question about running and working out in the morning. I haven’t always been a “morning runner,” but since graduating college, I’m a morning runner 99% of the time. If I don’t run before 9 am, chances are I don’t run. Of course, it doesn’t include races, although I did wish they all started before 9.
I will be the first to tell you it’s much easier to run in the morning during the summer. It gets lighter earlier, and it’s warmer. You don’t feel as though you’re ripping blankets off to go for a run in the dark and cold. With my constant change of schedule, it’s better for me to get the run done earlier.
I posted a long time ago that I don’t drink coffee before I run. I used to drink coffee right when I woke up almost every day. However, I had one bad race (the Distance series in 2013? 2014? And that ruined it for me.
Recently I was sent Alert Caffeine Gum to try. I’ve heard of caffeinated gum before, and it seems like a lot of people swear by it. Thinking out loud, I’m not a huge gum chewer, but I was excited to give it a shot. Like anything, you don’t know until you try!
Here are some other ways I prepare myself to workout in the morning:
Sleep: I am known to turn my technology off around 9-9:30 pm. I might go to bed a little later, but I stop fiddling with the computer, texting, etc. It allows me to wind down and actually get to bed. Tweeting at the pillowcase keeps me wide awake.
Set an Alarm (or 2 or 10): I’ve adjusted to waking up between 5-5:30 am most mornings. To be honest, at this point it doesn’t phase me. However, it didn’t use to be like that, and I needed an alarm to pull me out of bed.
Check the Weather: Mentally I like to have an idea if I’ll be running inside or outside. Or if it’s going to be snowing, pouring rain, or windy. Not all surprises are good ones.
Make Sure. You Have Appropriate Gear Clean: Many bloggers will tell you to lay your clothing out, and I think that is fantastic advice, however, for me if I have appropriate gear cleaned and findable, I consider it a good day.
Caffeine! As I mentioned, I no longer drink coffee before I run. I was lucky enough to be sent Alert Caffeine GumAlert Caffeine Gum to try. I’ve consistently chewed a piece after breakfast, and I do feel a bit more jazzy during my run. I don’t feel like I’m slogging through the first mile.
I’ve also tried Alert Gum in the middle of the day, and it doesn’t keep me up at night. It has half the caffeine of a cup of coffee which is a great amount for me.
Finally, Stick to It: Sometimes we want to change but aren’t willing to give it time. Give your new routine at least 2 weeks. If after two weeks, it’s not for you, find something that is!
Thank you Alert Caffeine Gumfor sponsoring this post!
Questions for you:
What time do you like to workout?
Do you have any methods to wake up in the morning?