Make morning jaunts a habit.
You meant to log five miles today, but with family, work and social obligations, it just didn’t happen. Or perhaps you find evening runs disrupt your digestion or your sleep. The solution: put running first on your agenda. ‘People who start to run early in the morning get hooked on that feeling of having accomplished so much before others are even awake, not to mention the extra energy they get from that morning rush of endorphins,’ says running coach Lisa Reichmann. Here's how to make morning running part of your routine.
1/ Test the waters
Start with one or two days per week. Knowing you have the other five mornings to snooze makes getting up early a little less painful. And be sure you can get to bed reasonably early the night before a crack-of-dawn start, says Reichmann.
2/ Lay it out
Set out your clothes, shoes and (if you need it) water bottle the night before to eliminate excuses and ensure you get out the door quickly. And place your alarm on the other side of the room, as jumping out of bed to turn it off makes it harder to hit the snooze button.
3/ Make a date
Knowing someone’s waiting for you outside makes it much harder to crawl back under the duvet. ‘Good conversation with running friends almost makes you forget that you’re running in near darkness on a cold morning,’ says coach Julie Sapper.
4/ Give it time
Since it requires resetting your body clock, it may take three or four weeks before morning running feels normal. Late spring is the perfect time to introduce it, as weather and darkness are less likely to interfere with your internal rhythms.