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6 Tips to Help You Wake Up Early for a Morning Run

Get out the door for your morning run with these 6 tips

The sun will soon rise and your alarm clock is going off. You’re training for the Ascension Seton Austin Marathon or Austin Half Marathon and your schedule calls for a morning run. But your bed is so comfortable and you were really enjoying sleep. Every runner battles themselves on some level every morning. Use one or all six of our tips to get out of bed and ready for your morning run!

Go to bed early

Hitting the sack early is a great way to wake up refreshed and ready for your morning run. It also helps get you in a daily rhythm. Wake up early, complete your run, have a great day, go to bed early, repeat. If you have trouble going to sleep try eating dinner earlier, watch your favorite show before you lay down, or read a book in bed. Once your body adjusts to your new schedule, going to bed early and getting up early gets easier.

Run with friends

Running with friends is a great way to ensure you get up for your morning run.

Running with friends is a great way to ensure you get out of bed for your morning run.

Accountability! Knowing that at least one person is waiting for you is great motivation to get up early for your morning run. This mental hack is beneficial because you won’t want to let your friend run alone. Plus, everyone knows running is better with friends. Who knows, your friend is probably using this same tip!

Create a playlist you love

Knowing you’ll jam during your morning run will help you get up. Set the playlist to coincide with the duration of your run or make a list and put it on shuffle. Singing along will help get you going and make the miles fly by. Need some song recommendations? Follow us on Twitter and check out our #WeLiketheSoundofThat campaign. We’re compiling the songs on this Spotify playlist!

Sleep in your running clothes

Runner ties shoes before going on a morning run.

Place your shoes and socks by the door so they’re ready to go for your morning run.

Simplify your morning routine and sleep in your running clothes. Take this a step further and put your running shoes and socks by the door. Pack everything you’ll need for the day if you don’t plan to come home after your run. Pro tip: make sure the clothes are clean and weren’t previously used on a run!

Put your alarm out of reach

Place your alarm somewhere so you have to actively get out of bed to turn it off. This tactic gets your body moving and reduces the chances that you hit the snooze button. Put it next to your toothbrush, in the kitchen, or in your running shoes. Just make sure the alarm is set and the volume is loud enough to hear in the bedroom. Pro tip: if you use your phone, set your favorite song to go off when it’s time to get up.

Simplify your run

Start small and work your way up. Longer runs can seem daunting at first, increasing the chances you stay in bed. If you’ve just started running, alternate running and walking. Eventually, you’ll eliminate walking. You can also start out by running 15 minutes and increase your time on subsequent runs. Plan your route and know it. This increases your safety and provides benchmarks so you know how much running remains.

Completing an early morning run gets your day started and knocks one more thing off your to-do list. Use one or all of our tips to jumpstart your morning. Is there a trick you use that we didn’t mention? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter!

4 Reasons to Have a Training Partner

The right training partner can make all the difference when preparing for longer distances

Don’t train alone! Finding at least one training partner can make all the difference. Perhaps it’s your neighbor, your best friend, or someone you meet through the Austin Marathon Facebook Group. However you met, your training partner just might be the most valuable asset in your training regimen.

So if you don’t have a training partner yet, read the four reasons you need one below.

1. Accountability

Being held accountable provides the extra jolt needed to get all your workouts in, this is especially beneficial if you’re adjusting your schedule to incorporate new training times. You’re less likely to hit the snooze button if you know someone is supposed to meet you for your morning run. Accountability is more than just meeting up to run. It should also include taking care of your body by incorporating proper nutrition and recovery.

2. Positive reinforcement

During training, there are a lot of smaller goals to meet before you reach the start line. Celebrate those achievements! A training buddy will be there for you with a high five when you finally hit a faster pace or when you reach your new long run goal. It also feels good to be there for someone else and to know that you are helping them meet their goals.

3. Push the boundaries

It’s easier to be complacent if you’re training alone. A training buddy will be there to push you. You can set up challenges for each other and help push the envelope of what you thought possible. Nothing like some friendly competition.

4. It is more fun

It really is that simple. Keep running as part of your life if it is something you enjoy.

Looking for someone to be your training buddy? Try posting in the Austin Marathon Facebook Group.