Early Morning Runs!


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20/07/2007 at 09:00
Hi everyone!

Im really trying my best to get out and run in the mornings before i go to work as that fits in best with ma lifestyle, but I just cant bring myself to get out of bed! iv tried countless times but just always end up snoozing the alarm!!

any tips please from people who had a similiar problem or people who always run in the morning would be appreciated!

Im open to all ideas and suggestions!!


S xx
20/07/2007 at 09:11
Would love to help but just as bad!
20/07/2007 at 09:23
Once you do crack it you can't stop. I had to stop running for a few weeks, and now I can't make myself get up early (6am) for a run. I'm glad the school holidays are starting because without the school run in the way I can go out at 7 (much more civilised).
20/07/2007 at 09:42
It's a habit like so many things. I'm 'lucky' as I have a dog who knows that when the alarm goes we get up, have a cup of tea and go out.
20/07/2007 at 09:56
I like to run to work most mornings,6miles then have a shower and breakfast,seems to set me up for the day.
20/07/2007 at 10:01
well i try to set my alarm for 6 but just snooze it and say to myself ill go out later, but i know fine well that i wont have time to do it!

getting very frustrated!

think ill just have to force myself!
20/07/2007 at 10:15
Try setting more than one alarm, that works for me. Once i put one on snooze i have another going off so in the end i'm so irrated i get up!

Plus if you put the alarms away from the bed then you have to get up and out of bed to turn it off.
20/07/2007 at 10:26
alarm away from the bed is an excellent idea, and perhaps if you put it on top of your running clothes all ready to put on?
20/07/2007 at 10:33
I've managed to walk across the bedroom, turn the alarm off, get back into bed, and forget that I've even got up.

The one think that did work for me was a shake awake alarm clock: http://www.deafequipment.co.uk/store/viewProduct.do?id=708
20/07/2007 at 10:57
lol MofS, a man after my own heart! afraid i haven't even attempted early morning runs yet as i'm so rubbish in the mornings. i've woken up to find both kids (teens) have got up and gone to school and i haven't heard a thing!!
20/07/2007 at 11:01
Just steel yourself & get up :-)

Get up ludicrously early so you can hardly believe what you're doing, so you're sort of watching yourself thinking "am I actually doing this?"

Once you're out there it's fantastic. And you feel so superior getting back having run <insert no. miles as appropriate> miles when everyone else is only just emerging.
20/07/2007 at 11:03
I find the sheer refreshment of the post-run shower makes it all worth it. And yes, you are left with an incredible feeling of superiority.
20/07/2007 at 11:06
a feeling of superiority, that would be a new one for me! maybe i should try it just for that?!
20/07/2007 at 11:10
The smugness gets even better in the winter, when you run in complete darkness.
20/07/2007 at 11:12
I always feel slightly uneasy running on those really dark early mornings. I guess i'm just a wuss at heart!
20/07/2007 at 11:15
I only run around Regents Park, so it's not too bad. And I am superhuman after all.
20/07/2007 at 11:56
i'd def be sticking to the roads, alhtough i don't think they are all lit?! i know the running club use little miner's lights on their heads!!
20/07/2007 at 16:38
Oh yeah iv got one of those wee head torches ill bear that in mind!

Right im giving it another go on Monday!gonna set 3 Alarms! I think id jump out of my skin with that alarm clock man of steel!

what do u guys eat before u run in morning? cos i dont wanna run on an empty stomach but dont wanna be full?
20/07/2007 at 22:46
Sazz I reiterate what Chocolate Moose says 'Just steel yourself & get up'.

I do most of my runs in the morning from spring to late autumn, about 5:45am. The feeling of being up and out at that time is amazingly peaceful not to mention the smuggness you feel all day and of course the fact that the whole evening is yours to do whatever you please. Remember it only takes doing something 21 times for it to become a habit!

I don't eat beforehand just a cup of coffee to kick start me and I find this is fine for me as I am only doing about 3.5 miles and don't like to eat for about two hours before running.

I too am a bit of a wuss on the dark morning although logically I don't know if there are any rapists/muggers/murderers or chavs about so early in the winter, it is prbably safer than the evening! I think it ios something about the quiet lonliness that is a bit spooky!

Anyway good luck, I thoroughly reccomend morning running and please keep us posted.

23/07/2007 at 11:13
Hi Sazzler,

How did the morning run go? No matter how hard I try, I just can't get myself together enough in the mornings to run, I live about 4 miles from work, so it would be ideal, even just to get some miles out the of way before work. Have kind of accepted that I'm just not a morning enough kind of person to run in the mornings before work. Let me know if you're managing and maybe it'll inspire me to haul myself up a bit earlier..

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