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 than 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.
Thinking out loud, 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.
So how does one run earlier? How do you make that transition?
Gradually begin waking up earlier:
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 clothes plenty of time. When I wake up, I just pop in my contacts, brush my teeth and out the door, I go.
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. Honestly, I feel better, and I sleep better.
Stick to It:
It takes about three weeks to become truly acclimated to the time difference. Give yourself three weeks to feel good.
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. 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?