8 Tips to Become a Morning Runner

In case you were not aware, I am NOT a morning person.


I have written about this a few times.

I decided at the end of August to starting running in the morning.

There were a few reasons for this…

  1. It was too damn hot to run at night.
  2. I had way too much time during the day to think of an excuse to not run.
  3. I was too “tired” at the end of the day to go running.

Reasons Excuses 1-3 brought me to the point where I was running two, maybe three days a week…

AND That’s completely unacceptable.

This change in schedule has played a pretty significant role in my overall success these last few weeks.

It proves that one small step can seriously make a HUGE difference.

Are you like me?

Do you hate mornings, but need get up early so that you will actually run?

Maybe you just need a kick in the pants?

If so, consider yourself kicked…

Here are 8 tips to becoming a morning runner.

      1. Tell yourself the night before that you ARE going to wake up and run. No exceptions. I personally, have to tell myself this at least 5 times.
      2. Lay your clothes and running gadgets out the night before (if you can, sleep in them). If they are in your face, you are less likely to chicken out.
      3. Set multiple alarms. If you have an alarm going off every 4 minutes, you are probably not going to be able to go back to sleep.
      4. Go to sleep early. This one should be a “Duh”, but it must be said. If you stay up until 2 AM watching Dr. Phil, waking up 3 hours later to run isn’t going to be easy.
      5. Start slowly. Gradually set your alarm to wake yourself up earlier and earlier every day, until you reach the right time. This way it is less of a shock to your body.
      6. Stick with it, even on the weekends. It is going to be virtually impossible to get your body into a rhythm if you get up at 5 AM on weekdays and 9 AM on weekends. Try to get up no later than 1.5 hours after your weekday start time.
      7. Think about why you started. What is really important to you? Is getting that extra 45 minutes of sleep really worth not achieving your goals? If the answer is yes, then don’t cry when the guy next to you runs faster than you. He probably runs in the morning.
      8. You are only one workout away from a good mood. It is true! Working out in the mornings can help you be more productive, happier and set you up to eat healthier too.

now, Stop making excuses and get. UP. AND RUN.


21 thoughts on “8 Tips to Become a Morning Runner

  1. fitmomsarethebomb says:

    I’m struggling with this big time right now but signed up for a virtual challenge of 200 miles in 100 days. I’d like to share your tips on my blog Fit Moms Are The Bomb if you don’t mind? And a follow for a follow? πŸ˜‰


  2. Pippa @ Mind, Body, Work, Travel says:

    Yes! I’ve started morning workouts because I was getting sick of how little time I had after work to do normal stuff like, ya know, see my friends. It’s made a huge difference! But I agree with you on the morning person thing. I am grumpy as fuck in the mornings but I just tell myself that willpower is like a muscle, it gets stronger the more you use it! That and I bribe myself with food.


  3. Jayson says:

    M y best advice would be to just do it and not make such a big deal out of it. This coming from someone who only ever got up early for races. Now, I’m running 6 times a week and have my alarm set for 355a with typical runs starting at 430-445a. I’ll admit two things: 1) it’s not the easiest thing to do in the world, but 2) running with my two other buddies has been an integral part of this routine.
    The best part of running this early for me is the better running economy and efficacy that I get to enjoy. Heat is never a problem nor a factor.
    Just do it You’ll find that it does become routine and your body and mind will adjust.


  4. Rebecca Royy says:

    These are good tips…I’ve become a morning runner now too. I like the way it sets my day up. I think your most important tip is to get to bed early enough.

    I also believe that there is no such thing as a natural “morning ” person. Morning tendencies are learned. You have train to to become one


  5. Steve says:

    I’ve always been a morning runner. I know if I didn’t run before work I’d not fit it in around family commitments. I also really like having the park almost to myself on those really early mornings.


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