Good morning! I hope your day is off to a great start. I’m excited to get in a run with my neighbor this morning in some perfect temperatures!
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I love routines. Love them.
I think that one of the hardest things for me when I am injured is that not running messes up my morning routine. Six days a week (when I am healthy and training) I wake up, run and then continue on with my morning things. Without running it feels a little weird. I also love having a Sunday morning routine each week (which involves being as lazy as humanly possible) to prepare myself for the upcoming week.
I definitely don’t feel the same way as this person below but it made me laugh so hard!
I think that I love a good routine and sticking to it because of the statement below. Getting out and running each morning shows me that I can set a goal and choose to stick to it and each time that I do, it makes me feel happy. It’s not just with running that I love to have a clear routine, it’s other things too! The early morning is my favorite because it is quiet and still. I can get in some clear thinking and spend some time on myself.
I thought it would be fun to share ten things that I do each and every morning. I would love to hear about your morning routine in the comments. Some of these things happen before the run, after the run or after I take the kids to school. With kids I sometimes have to juggle the timing of some of these things but they always happen.
*Within a minute of getting out of bed, I brush my teeth. Brushing my teeth first thing in the morning is so ingrained in me and is always a part of my morning. I AM OBSESSED with the SmartClean Toothbrush. This thing gets my teeth cleaner than ever.
The SmartClean Toothbrush has 3 different brush heads so you can find your best fit. My favorite toothbrush head is the XClean (it also comes with the SmartClean and ProClean heads) because the crisscross pattern of the bristles really leaves my teeth cleaner than ever when I finish. It also has 5 different brushing modes so you can figure out the best intensity for you. <— The brushing modes are CLEAN, WHITE, POLISH, MASSAGE & SENSITIVE. Before this toothbrush I had a random manual one from the grocery store and the SmartClean Toothbrush makes my teeth feel so much cleaner and brighter afterwards. I’m one of those ‘aggressive brushers’ when I use a manual toothbrush (my poor gums) and this toothbrush has been so soft on my gums while cleaning my teeth so clean and reaching all of the hard to get spots. I’m hooked. A single charge on this beauty lasts up to 6 weeks which makes traveling with it super easy too. The bristles are also DuPont anti-bacterial—> YES PLEASE. They ship your brush heads to you right when you want them. It also has a 2 minute timer on it (I’m like the kids and love a timer ha) and a four zone reminder.
I look forward to using the SmartClean Toothbrush a few times a day. It is definitely a part of my morning routine.
*I put sunscreen on my face every morning before I run even if I’m running in the dark. I’m a huge fan of playing it safe and using sunscreen anytime I’m outside (even in the dark) is part of my morning routine. RUNNERS NEED SUNSCREEN! I wish that I had been more diligent about sunscreen when I was a teenager and in my early 20s but it’s never too late to start!
*After I brush my teeth and put on sunscreen, I put on my running clothes and head out the door. If I am doing a longer run then I’ll eat some breakfast but anything an hour or less I just drink some water and head out the door. I am a HUGE fan of having my running clothes laid out the night before and ready to grab so in the morning I don’t have to think about what to wear. If my gear isn’t out and ready for me then it becomes 50 times harder for me to get out of bed to go run. Andrew has started doing this too. It makes me happy because he used to tease me for doing this, haha.
*I say a prayer. Sometimes it’s during my run or at my front doorstep. It’s the best way for me to remember whose I am and what type of perspective I want to start for the day.
*I run. The training may change from month to month but the right foot, left foot on repeat thing is always a constant and I love that so much.
*I eat something within 30 minutes of finishing a workout. Rain or shine, I make sure to refuel. Usually it is a smoothie or a protein bar but wouldn’t it be nice if it was this goodness every morning (aka what I dream about during my run):
*Just recently I have really started to take better care of my skin and it is paying off! My acne is slowly but surely disappearing and it feels healthier and more hydrated already. After EACH workout I use a face wipe to get any sweat off and then I use a cleanser, a face serum, face lotion finished off with more sunscreen for the rest of the day. I am really growing to love this part of my morning routine because it feels like I am taking time each morning to take care of myself.
*After my shower I love to use the Brio Ivy Trimmer especially as we are approaching summer. I’ve had a low-quality trimmer before and it broke after a few weeks, I’m so happy to have a really reliable one now. Andrew is happy that I’m not stealing his anymore. It cuts hair perfectly and the narrow head makes it easy to use anywhere especially on delicate areas. I find trimming to be so much more convenient than getting waxed and the trimmer doesn’t irritate my skin the way that shaving does in some areas.
*I usually try to get in some time with emails or responding to comments on that morning’s post! <— Chatting with you guys is my favorite part of blogging.
*And then it is kid time! Sometimes when I drop them off to school it feels like I should be eating lunch because I like to fit in as much as possible into the morning.
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Are you a fan of routines or do you enjoy mixing things up?
-It’s so fun on trips to mix things up for me but then I also love coming back home and getting in a good routine again!
Share your morning routine with me! I’d love to hear about your MUST DO things each morning.
Favorite type of toothpaste?
Morning person, night person or neither person?
-Usually I am a morning person but sometimes I just want to go to bed early and sleep in late which would make me a neither person.