Morning Runs – Solving the mystery…

Hello friends 🙂

Ok, I am one of those people that does wake up early, like 5:30-6:00am. And I do work out in the morning sometimes too, like a spin bike session or some strength training. But when it comes to running I have to confess… I have never run in the morning – unless I am on vacation in Greece since it is too hot to run any other time…. I see all the runners in the morning on my way to work, smile on their face logging miles and I admit it I AM JEALOUS!

So this is why, I asked my friend Angela from Happy Fit Mama, to give me a few pointers as to how to do this. How to be this morning runner, with the AMAZING sun(run)rise pictures on my Instagram feed, and the smile on my face logging miles even before the world is awake…

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So here you have it 🙂

Q: Ok, first things first, what time do you wake up and what time you usually have to be out the door for work/errands etc?

A:Depending on how many miles I’m running that day, I wake up between 4:30 – 5:00 a.m. Three days a week I work outside of the home. I usually leave about 7:15 to commute to the hospital. Some mornings I need to be home before 6:30 a.m. so my husband can leave for work.

Q: What about breakfast and coffee? How do you fuel your morning runs?

A:Breakfast comes after my run. I don’t eat anything before my run. First off, I don’t have time to digest it before I head out the door and second, my body doesn’t need it. Unless my stomach is growling in the morning, then I’ll have a spoonful of almond butter and ½ banana to tide me over.

Q: Where you always a morning runner? If not, how did you become one?

A: I wasn’t. I mostly worked out/ran after work in the evenings before kids. Unless it was the weekend, then I was a morning exerciser. It wasn’t till after I had kids that I started working out/running in the early mornings. I found that nothing got in the way of my workout at that time. I got it out of the way and had more time in the evenings for time with family and friends. Plus, I was usually exhausted and crashed on the couch after a full day of work and wrangling two babies once I got home.

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Q: What gets you out of bed and out the door those mornings when you might not feel like it?

A: Most days, I bound right out of bed. I just love running so much. When I don’t run first thing in the morning, my whole day is thrown off and I don’t feel like myself. I do have off days though. On days when I’m not feeling it, the hard part isn’t getting out the door, it’s finding the motivation to not just go through the motions and slog through my run. I usually will give myself the 1mile rule. If I’m still not feeling it after 1 mile then I will call it a day. But then that means I’m usually 1 mile from home so I have another 1 mile to run home!

Q: What type of running do you prefer in the mornings? Track style runs? Tempo? Long runs?

A: I like doing all kinds of workouts in the morning. Running on the track in the morning during the summer is extra special. The sunrise there is amazing. And the sprinklers are always on at the end of my workout for a nice cool down. Tempo runs seem the hardest to me in the morning. They intimidate me way more than any other workout. I usually allow for a little longer warm up when I do tempo’s. Probably because it’s my way of stalling!

Q: This is not much of a question but what is your step by step morning routine? (Your IG feed full of sunrise pictures tells me it’s working so I’d happily try it!!!!)

A: I wish I had a really special and unique morning routine. It’s pretty simple.

  1. Wake up – Never, ever use the snooze button!
  2. Use the bathroom, put my contacts in, change into my running clothes that I laid out the night before.
  3. Drink a glass of water and then begin my dynamic warm up.
  4. Head out the door!

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Q: Any tips for runners who want to convert to “morning runners”?

A: Give it time! If you are not used to getting up early and being active first thing in the morning, it’s going to really suck for a couple of weeks. But then your body gets used to it and it becomes automatic. Patience!

Q: Please feel free to add anything else you like, or anything I might have forgotten to ask and you know it is important!

A: I always want to remind runners to be safe. Creepers are out in the early morning just as much as at night. Run with a friend if possible, don’t listen to music at all and stay alert.

Thank you so much for taking the time to do this Q&A with my Angela  🙂

So, here you have it guys! apparently there is no mystery or secret as to how to become a morning runner, apart from being patient, sticking with it and don’t give up! I think i will try it myself this coming week and see how it works out!!

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