I am usually pretty good about running in the morning. I can get up and get going somewhat easy – it just takes me about 25 minutes from alarm clock ring to actually start running. I feel like that time between waking up is a bit ridiculous. I would much rather just get up, change, and get out the door in 10 minutes or less! That would mean 15 whole minutes more of glorious sleep! Here are a few ideas that I have to get myself out the door a bit quicker.
Put my alarm clock out of reach
If I have to physically get out of bed to turn off my alarm, I will probably just stay out from under the covers. When I ran in college, this was the only way that I was able to get out of bed and be to practice, ready to run, at 6am. Otherwise, I am pretty sure I would have overslept far too many times.
Set out my clothes
This seems very grade-school esque, but I think it works. Having everything laid out makes it sooo much easier to not make up an excuse – “Oh no, I’m out of socks!? Bummer, can’t run…”. Plus, if you don’t actually workout, those same clothes that you were supposed to have already thrown into the dirty clothes are going to be staring at you when you finally get out of bed. Don’t want that now, do we?
Plan things in the afternoon
If I know that I have nothing going on after work, I am wayyyy more likely to hit the snooze button for a few more zzzz’s. But if I have something going on, even if it is just a trip to Target, I have to get up. I almost NEVER skip a workout, so a busy schedule helps me to keep to my early morning running.
Realize how freaking hot it is at night
Even when the sun goes down in the evening, it is still sooo much warmer than running at 6:30 in the morning. The sun that has been shining all day has been soaked up in to all of the asphalt, and is now just radiating up into your sneakers and the rest of your body. It is hot now regardless, but I will go ahead and enjoy even a 5 degree difference at this point. That could be the difference in hitting or not hitting a key workout (which unfortunately for me has been the latter lately…)
Not have to worry about the times I eat all day
If I run at night, I am always looking at the clock to make sure that I eat a snack at the right time, and that I am not eating certain foods passed certain times so that it doesn’t affect my run later. Knowing that I can eat whatever (within moderation, of course) is a really nice perk of morning running. There is little to no GI distress for me if I run in the morning.
Eat an earlier dinner so my food digests better
Wednesday night, I ate dinner close to 9pm. We got home late from swim practice, and then had to actually make dinner, so that made for a less than ideal eating time. Not having to use the facilities in the morning (if ya know what I mean….) makes for a much quicker time to get out the door the next morning! An earlier dinner means your body can digest and dispose of the food earlier (yep, I just referred to poop!)
Schedule to run with a friend
If I ever am scheduled to run with someone else, I never skip it. When I know that someone else is counting on me, I am far more likely to get out the door on time! Not only would I be giving up on my workout, but I would be disappointing a friend as well. There is always power in numbers!
What other ideas do you have to get up earlier in the morning? Share them with me!