Early morning runners will have the gift of time thanks to Ben Franklin and George Vernon Hudson. Beginning this Sunday, November 4th, daylight savings time goes into effect. For those who are perpetually training this extra hour really gives us the time that we need to continue our training before we start our day. Though the sun may be setting a little earlier and we arrive at home in the darkness, the trade off that I so welcome is that extra hour in the morning where I am able to get a head start on my day.
Let’s embrace the fall weather and appreciate the gift of time. So you don’t say to yourself WTF I can’t run in the morning, the sun is barely up, here are my tips for getting up early and going for a run…
- Remember Flat Melissa from Race Day Tips… Lay out your running clothes the night before, put your socks and shoes on the floor in front of your bathroom sink, and have your electronics, iPod and Garmin, next to your toothbrush. Ideally, it should only take you 5 to 10 minutes to get ready and out the door. You want this to happen as seamlessly as possible.
- Wake-Up Call…Set your alarm which could be your phone or alarm clock and put it far away enough so that you have to get out of bed to turn it off.
- Getting Enough ZZZ’s…Getting enough sleep is key. If you are well rested it will be easier to wake up in the morning. Aim for 7 or 8 hours of sleep.
- Nutrition…Have your pre-run snack for you and waiting by the door. If it needs to be refrigerated put a reminder note on your electronics.
- If you snooze you lose…Getting up and out of bed is the hardest part of working out in the morning, make this non-negotiable. We are all guilty of hitting the snooze button and rolling over and going back to sleep, but SERIOUSLY don’t be tempted get your day started on the right foot.
- Warm-Up…Every second counts, while you are on the floor tying your shoes starting stretching and waking-up those muscles.
- Post Morning Run Flat Runner…Similar to Flat Melissa, if you need to return home and getting quickly do a reverse Flat Melissa, but have your bathroom set-up so you could shower quickly, clothes laid out the night before, breakfast and lunch prepared in the refrigerator, coffee or tea on a timer, and by the door briefcase/bag, and shoes. If you are like me and always forget your lunch put your car keys in the refrigerator with your lunch! Remember that this part of your day needs to be as seamless as getting our for your run. As it’s really a reflection on the rest of your day.
QOTD: Are you an AM or PM runner? Do you work out in the morning? Is it easy or hard for you?