Running in the morning can feel like the biggest chore in the world. Particularly if you aren’t a morning person. You have to physically get out of bed in the morning in order to go.
Once you manage to talk yourself into going though, running in the morning gives you the verve and vigour to get through the day.
They say that running in the morning is the best time of day to do so, and I agree. It wakes you up, it helps set up a routine in your life, and you feel refreshed rather than tired. Of course you could play partypoker instead to wake yourself up, but running will get you in shape.
To help you get into the habit of running in the morning:
Bed – Go to bed early. You might think you can get up early in the morning to go for a run, having stayed up the night before watching TV, but you will be drowsy. You should aim to get a good seven to eight hours sleep for a morning running session.
Clothing – Try laying out your workout clothes before you go to sleep. That way you already have the intent to get up in your mind. Alternatively you could sleep in your workout clothes. Then if you don’t wake up, you will feel guilty and try harder to get up next time.
Eat – You ought to eat something before you go. Running on an empty stomach is not wise. However make sure it is light. A full stomach is just as detrimental to your morning run as an empty one. You need a good balance between the two.
Alarm – Some people put their alarm clock out of reach, so they have to physically move to switch it off. It’s a fool proof way to get you out of bed for work. Apply the technique to your morning workout too.