Running in the morning can feel like a bargain struck in hell for the sake of keeping fit – you have to sacrifice your beauty sleep for perspiration, fatigue and muscle cramps but deep down, you know the trade-off is worth it. If getting out of bed and in to your runners seems like a herculean task on most days, here are some tips to make your labour just a little bit easier to bear.
1. Start off on the right foot
Psyche yourself up when the alarm rings; a new morning makes for a brand new run! Get excited about starting your day on a high note and see it as taking on the world while everyone else is sleeping. Remember, the first thing standing in the way of your progress is you.
2. Stop telling yourself you’re too tired
Hitting the snooze button is very tempting especially when you are feeling tired from whatever it is that went down the day before. Remind yourself that taking that little extra amount of sleep isn’t going to do much in the way of making you bright-eyed and bushy-tailed! Substitute it with a run and ride to dopamine wave to feel more alive, awake, and ready to take on your day.
3. Consider how the rest of your day will go
By starting your day by running, you are essentially removing the hardest to-do item on your list. Remind yourself that by going out for a run and doing the hard work, the rest of you day will be a lot easier for it.
4. Change “have to” to “get to”
You can experience the world differently when you go for your morning runs just by putting a little shift in your perspective. By changing your approach from a chore-oriented to an opportunistic one, you feel an added impetus to do an activity to reach your goal. Watching the day come to life is a moment most people don’t get to experience when they’re cosy in their beds; running is a privilege not to be taken for granted.
5. Always plan before your run
Plan everything the night before. Check the weather forecast and lay out your clothes accordingly so they’re easily accessible. Curate your playlist to feature the ones that suit your run, depending on the distance you’re running that morning. Finally, set your alarm 10 to 15 minutes early so you can mitigate any accidental snooze-ins
As important as it is to stick to the plan when it comes to training in the morning, don’t be too hard on yourself if life gets in the way and you end up having to take a raincheck. You’re not going into this as a professional athlete and no one expects you to, so don’t beat yourself up over missing a run or two. You can always choose to make up for it over the weekend!