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Checklist For Your Early Morning Run

Even though the daylight has shifted one hour, many of you may still be in the habit of running in the morning before work. If you're having a hard time motivating because it's a bit darker, here are some things you can do to prep for that run the night before.

  • Eat a dinner that contains whole grains. These carbs will break down much slower than say white rice, pizza, or sugary dessert. This type of hearty dinner will give you the get-up-and go you need in the morning to feel energized for your run.
  • Get your outfit ready and everything you need for your run, so you're not racing around in the morning for 20 minutes trying to find the lost mate to your favorite wicking socks. Set out your running clothes, sneakers, sunglasses, tissues, iPod case, and headphones, charge your iPod, and finalize plans with your running buddy.
  • Get the ingredients for your breakfast ready as well, making sure it's low in fiber (to avoid digestive issues), and a good combination of protein and easily digested carbs. Nut butter on toast, granola with yogurt, and eggs are great choices.
  • Get to bed early enough so that you can get a solid night's sleep, at least seven or eight hours. Make sure your alarm clock is set.

Tell me, do you prefer running in the morning even if it's dark outside?

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Brendelwoman Brendelwoman 5 years
I set my clothes out the night before, but I never eat before a run. I drink a little water and guzzle some coffee. I need to work on eating a little something before heading out the door. Problem is I really don't want to wake up earlier than 5:25! I give myself 30 minutes to get ready and then I go. I love running in the morning once I get going, but the alarm clock is never a welcome thing. Without a running partner, I would not feel comfortable going for morning runs. We go with our dogs so I think we feel safe because of that.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 5 years
Good tips, especially the one about setting everything out the night before. I hate fumbling around in the dark trying to open and close drawers and closets quietly so as to not wake up my husband. And getting enough sleep especially helps me with getting up instead of staying in bed to snuggle.
tylergrl33 tylergrl33 5 years
I was so bummed they moved the clocks b/c it was just starting to get light outside for my morning workouts. Oh well- soon enough it'll be summer :)
lydialee_home lydialee_home 5 years
Yeap - heading out for a run now. Thanks for the tips!
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