I'm not a morning person. I own it completely. And I love sleeping in on the weekends, that's the whole reason for Sundays. However, in the summertime, when days reach the high 90s, it becomes impossible to run at 3pm on a Sunday (or if I do, I curse myself the whole time for not running before the hottest time of the day). So, I've learned some handy tricks and sneaky ways to make it easier for a late-sleeper to rise early to crush those miles before the heat becomes unbearable.
- Lay out your clothes the night before. Bonus if you have super cute clothes you're excited to wear.
- Check the weather. If it is a rare day that gets cooler or less humid as the day progresses, you don't need to get up early #blessed.
- Set your alarm 30 minutes before you want to leave. This allows for ample snooze time. I need 15 minutes to convince myself that waking up at the crack of dawn is better than the alternative.
- Eat something! I normally have a handful of raw almonds or half of a banana with peanut butter. Sometimes I remember to freeze my bananas and have nice cream for "pre-workout."
- Drink at least 1 full glass of water.
- I like to give myself 15 minutes to get ready to run (eat/drink water) which normally wakes up my digestive system #everybodypoops #especiallyrunners.
- Head out for your run!
I normally resist the weekend summer runs for a little, but after a few days of very sweaty, unpleasant running mid-day/evening, I realize that I'd much rather wake up early. Plus, I make very well-informed breakfast decisions when I get home (thinking about meals really helps the miles pass), and I love the feeling of accomplishment (especially at 10:00am when I'm normally still in bed).
Let me know if you have any tips or tricks in the comments below!