Getting up early in the morning to run still isn’t super easy for me.
You’d think it would be simple after 10 years of doing it but I still question my life decisions every morning that my alarm clock goes off in the 5 o’clock hour. Luckily once I get to about 2.2 miles I finally wake up and remember that getting up early to run is my favorite because it not only gives me the endorphins I crave first thing in the morning but it also allows me to not miss a minute of Brooke’s awake time.
Here is how I get up early to run (you may have heard these a trillion times but that is because they work:) ((I have gotten a few emails about this recently so that is why I am talking about it…feel free to just skip to the pictures if you have already mastered this:)
1. I set my alarm clock to remind me of my goals. I see that little line when my alarm clock goes off and that reminds me why I am doing what I am doing.
2. I put my phone (my alarm clock) on the other side of the room. This not only helps me in the morning to have to get up to turn it off but it also helps me to fall asleep earlier, otherwise I would be stalking Instagram until the wee hours of the night making it harder to get up in the morning.
3. Con a friend into going early with you. When I know I have people to meet early in the morning it makes it a trillion times easier to get up!
4. Have every single item ready. Knowing that my shoes are by the door (with my socks in them) and that my clothes are already laying out waiting for me to put them on makes the whole experience feel so much better. If I am driving to meet someone for a run then I put my garmin, sunglasses and water bottle in the car the night before.
5. When I don’t want to get up I always remind myself that my whole day goes a million times better when I start it off with a run. Even if it is a bad run, it still makes my day go better and I am a much nicer person with endorphins in my blood stream.
6. Get through the rough patch. I don’t think you will ever just leap out of bed when it is still dark outside and be excited to get out of your warm bed but after a while it does just become part of your day and a habit. Those first three weeks are the hardest.
Do what is best for you. If you dread running early then don’t do it and find a time that works for you and your schedule:)
My ideal dinner that I had the other night: BBQ chicken, roasted potatoes, salad (with olive garden dressing) and fruit. Heavenly.
Curly is proud of herself because she can now make her favorite meal. Nutella inside of a tortilla. PS she just started pre-school. Kind of a big deal.
My Dadio is down 62 lbs and ran/walked a mile this morning (+ 3 more miles of walking). His suit coat now drowns him. He is doing so awesome!
Every meal I eat at home involves Maggie putting her head in my lap begging for food. I have a cold…hence the sweatshirt and soup in 80 degree weather.
Cheez-its in your soup is actually really good.
Fresh grapes from my parents’ yard always hanging out on the counter and they taste a million times better than grapes from the store.
My way of getting Brooke to sit still for me while I do her hair no longer works because she just figured out how to turn on the faucet.
The most amazing EMZ is running ONE HUNDRED MILES in 24 hours on a treadmill in San Francisco for an incredible non-profit organization this week to build affordable and high impact schools for children in India. Find out more about the run and/or donate HERE!
If you are wanting to run the Runner’s World 1/2 Marathon on October 20th you can get 10% off with the discount code: hungryrunnergirlRWHalf
and 10% off the Hat trick (the 5k, 10k and half marathon) with the discount code: hungryrunnergirlRWHat
It is going to be a real good time.
How do you get up early to run? Has it gotten any easier for you?!?
Anything random to share with me today?!?