Running in the morning has so many benefits. In addition to giving you a big energy boost, it makes you feel as if you have accomplished something even before the day is started. A morning run also fits better into your daily schedule, particularly if you are training for a race.
Getting into a good habit of running in the morning is not easy, especially if you are not a morning person. But don’t worry, there are tips to ease you into the routine and in ways you may even enjoy.
1. Teach Yourself Good Sleep Habits
Building a morning running habit should be started with a good night’s sleep. However, if you’re used to late-night TV or use TV to lull you to sleep, this may be difficult.
To start the journey, the first thing is to practice good sleep hygiene – the term used to describe practices that better make sure healthy sleep patterns. According to the American Sleep Association, these are some tips to train yourself to sleep at an earlier hour:
- Don’t take midday naps.
- Avoid using caffeine or alcohol a least three hours before bedtime.
- Plan to go to sleep at the same time every night.
- Get into a nightly routine to help you unwind, such as meditation, a warm bath, or listening to calming music.
- Set up a quiet and comfortable bedroom.
- Stop reading, watching TV, or using electronic devices an hour before bedtime.
Although this may seem unnatural at first, practice will eventually make perfect if you just keep with it.
2. Sleep in Your Running Clothes
It is hard to blow off a run when you are already dressed for it. Simply wear your running clothes to bed to get a jump start and find motivation once you open your eyes.
This may seem odd but it is a trick that many morning runners use. While you may not want to wear yesterday’s sweat-stained clothes to bed, it actually feels nice putting on a freshly laundered running gear. Moreover, leave your shoes next to the bed, and you’re ready to go in the early morning.