Hi I am Joanna from Morning Runner! While Page is off looking gorgeous and getting married, I said I would do a guest post!
My confessions of a morning runner:
Morning runner (n): A motivated, overly perky individual who enjoys getting up before the sun to log in miles when the rest of the world is sleeping.
I am not a morning person. Ok I said it. Yes – I get up in the morning, usually around 5am and run 3 or 4 or 6 miles but that doesn’t mean I am talkative, friendly or even awake. I am grumpy. Don’t even try asking me questions in the morning – I don’t utter two syllables until I have had my run and a nice shower. Some people need caffeine – I just need a run. See below – I can hardly even smile at 5am.
I am not perky. I am only slightly motivated. I am a complete zombie running down the road. Don’t ask me to do anything except put one foot in front of the other. Math while running? Nearly impossible for me at 5am. Rational thoughts? Who knows, I can’t even remember half the things I think about while running. And this is during the summer – it only gets worse during the cold winter months.
I don’t know how I get up in the morning to run. Of course I would rather stay under the covers and there are the occasional morning where I do ignore my alarm clock and sleep for an extra hour. But most mornings I am up and out the door within ten minutes of waking. Its hard getting your body to wake up so quickly and start running. Most mornings, I don’t really remember the whole run, my legs just run along and I zone out or maybe fall back to sleep I am not really sure.
My morning run routine is pretty simple and I have been using it since college when I had 6am workouts for basketball. I think over the years my body has adapted and gotten used to my crazy ways.
My “morning run” routine:
Step 1: Set alarm for 5am. Lay clothes out on bathroom floor – shorts, bra, socks, shirt, garmin.
Step 2: Get to bed early. I usually go for 10pm for a 5am wake up.
Step 3: When the alarm goes off, immediately roll out of bed and walk into bathroom.
Step 4: Pee. Just gotta do it.
Step 5: Put on running clothes.
Step 6: Lace up sneakers, let out cat and head outside.
Step 7: Start running.
The toughest part of morning runs is going fast. Easy runs in the morning are my favorite because I just let my legs go and run whatever easy pace they feel like. But when it comes time for a tempo run – it is so hard to find the speed so early.
For many getting up early to run just does not work – the power of the snooze button is just too tempting; or its just impossible – like my future husband, who doesn’t even hear his alarm clock in the morning.
So now I present the extreme get yourself out of bed for a morning run method:
Option 1: Sleep in your running clothes – Sports bras have to be the most uncomfortable thing ever to sleep in but it must be done.
Option 2: Have someone else wake you up – My future husband can’t wait until we are married and I move in with him; he says he is gaining not only a wife but also an alarm clock to help him wake up early. Lucky me. But the truth is having someone else shake you awake might be exactly what you need. But that means that someone else needs to be a morning person.
Option 3: Eat a GU right after you wake up but before you start your run. That should give you a good kick!
Option 4: Plan route, distance, splits, etc the night before and have it written out, so that way when you wake up there will be no procrastinating thinking about where to run.
Option 5: Do not brush your teeth, do not pee, do not pass Go and collect $200 – head straight out that door and start running. Of course the first few miles are going to be slow! You are still waking up! Just get out there and forget about your pace.
The best part of waking up early for a run is just getting it done before most of the world is awake. You may not be a morning person but you may be able to get up and get out the door and that in itself is a great thing. And you get to see some pretty amazing sunrises!
And there you have it – all my secrets to being a morning runner even when you are not a morning person!