Those of us who have tried rising early on weekday mornings for a run would understand the inner struggle that accompanies these attempts. Every fibre of your body seems to scream silently as soon as the alarm goes off, and the warm, cosy bed makes the task of waking up for a morning run even more arduous.
While it may be a laborious task, waking early for a morning run brings several benefits, including increasing your metabolic rate and providing you with a sense of accomplishment that will leave you feeling motivated for the rest of the day. As such, here are 5 tips to help make this fitness undertaking a less formidable one.
1. Establish a routine
As the saying goes, “Success is not an action, but a habit.” Establishing a routine that works for you is key to ensuring that your morning runs gradually turn into a habitual practice that is sustainable. Since you’ll need to get up early, you should likewise aim to sleep early. Also, try to set your alarm for the same time every morning so that your biological clock is able to adjust to this new routine. Even if you decide not to go for your morning run, you should still try to wake up at the same time daily to acclimatise to this new regimen.
2. Find your “why”
Any challenging task always becomes easier when you are able to find purpose in what you are doing. Simply aspiring to incorporate early runs in your daily morning routine is insufficient – finding a reason to do so is essential to helping you stay motivated. Your aspirations may range from a personal promise to honour your fitness commitments and goals, to fulfilling your hopes of catching the beautiful morning sunrise daily. Whatever your purpose may be, search deep to find it because it will help you to press on.
3. Join a running group
From experience, many of us would know that making a personal commitment is sometimes not enough. In this case, it would be an astute choice to find a group of people with similar interests as you to help keep you accountable. “Running with friends or in a group, will help you overcome excuses and get you out the door,” affirms Nikkon ambassador and running coach Chris Wright.
4. Plan your training
According to Wright, “Pre-planning reduces the need for early morning decision-making and allows you to be more focused.” Planning your running distance, route and time goals beforehand helps make the fitness activity even easier, as you will be able to wholly dedicate your attention to the target that you hope to achieve during the run itself.
5. Prepare your running gear beforehand
A good practice includes laying out your running attire and preparing the gear that you will need the night before. By taking physical action to prepare for your run, you’ll be less likely to hit the snooze button in the morning. Prepping early also makes everything more convenient because all you have to do is grab your things and go! Remember, the small things count just as much towards reaching your greater goal.
Sticking to a rigid training schedule can be difficult, but these small tips and tricks will definitely make rising early for your morning run an easier task. Just as the early bird always catches the worm, the early runner realises the promise of a vital running start to a more positive, dynamic day!