I am a morning person, and love to get my runs done in the morning, before my body wakes up and realizes what it is doing. Since I am a morning person, it doesn’t take much for me to get out and running in the mornings on weekends. However, I have friends out there that are not so spunky for mornings, much less running. So here are a few tips to help in making those morning runs become more successful.
1. Know Where You Are Going To Run: If you have a planned route beforehand, all you do is wake up, get dressed, and activate the planned route. If you do not have a route planned, this is a way to start the motivation in the opposite direction for discouraging yourself from the run. I have many plans now, but I like to use Map My Run to make my route plans.
2. Run With A Group: This has probably been my biggest motivation for morning runs. I have a group of 4-5 people that I can count on an call up to run with me in the mornings. This is so much encouragement, because you have to get out of bed because they will be waiting on you, and texting you if you are not there. It is also safer to run with friends in the mornings. They are my accountability! There are many local running groups in the area also that I lean on, when my running group is unavailable. If you need to get plugged into a group somewhere, just let me know. I have a lot of contacts!
3. Prepare Early: This means set up all your running gear and necessities the night before. If everything is ready to go, all you have to do is jump into it and you can be out the door. If you are not prepped, like #1 above, it may be just the discouragement you need to not put that foot out of the bed! Lay your shorts, shirt, socks, and shoes out. Put everything else you will need and put it in a bag by the door. This will be so helpful to get that morning run in.
4. Celebrate! After your run with your group, meet up somewhere for a healthy breakfast to reload and reflect! It helps build a stronger bond with your fellow runners!