Throughout University and Masters studies I used to wake up at 5-5:30 am for my runs. When I got a job I did the same. Once you get into a routine is difficult to get out of it, whether that routines is to sleep in or jump out of bed, put the kit on and get out the door.
If you find it difficult to get up in the morning but you would like to, remember it’s about building momentum and then it gets easier to wake up early in the morning for your workout or run.
Now that I have my own business my running times are different. Sometimes I have clients from 7 am so I don’t do my own run as well, other time I do them. I don’t need to wake up very early. However, between 2012-2014, I used to wake up at 4:30 am to go training with my coach. I still have early morning runs though, they are the best.
The truth is that if you really want to do something you will, no matter how difficult you find it. Then you build momentum and it gets easier.
Here are a few of my tips and tricks to wake yourself up in the morning and get out that door:
- have your kit ready, even the shoes, next to your bed – if you have to look for your shorts at 5 am chances are you will just go back to bed, wake up and put the kit on
- have you water and bar ready – have them ready the evening before, next to your kit
- alarm – if you are a heavy sleeper, have an alarm that could wake the neighbors, not one that will put you back to sleep
- far far away – if you can, put your alarm far from your bed so you have to get up to turn it off
- move – if you find it difficult to wake/get up, start jumping around, do 5 press ups, anything to get your body moving and wake you up, you don’t need to do a full workout, just to move – it works wonders
- the evening before – it would be best to prepare your work clothes and bag before you go to sleep so you don’t feel under pressure in the morning, sometimes this can put us off running
- weather – know the weather the evening before so you know what to prepare for
To have a quality sleep the most important advice I can give you is to avoid stimulating your brain 1-2 hrs before going to bed. No tv, computer, social media, phone movies etc, your quality of sleep will significantly improve just by avoiding this.