The Afternoon Runner’s Guide to Becoming a Morning Runner
|July 18, 2013||Posted by Lauren under Running|
I am an afternoon runner at heart. I always have been. But almost every summer, as the temperatures rise, I make a pseudo-commitment to try running in the morning in order to escape the heat. Except my heart has never really been in it. And after waking up early to escape a few unbearably hot days, I’d inevitably switch right back.
Afternoon runs, I just can’t quit you.
Or at least that’s what I thought. Because honestly — no matter how hot it was or tired I felt in the afternoon, running was more appealing because (wait for my pridefulness here): I could run faster. Plain and simple. Who needs slow-and-sluggish-barely-awake morning runs when you could fly in the afternoon?
But, my friends, I think I’ve finally found the secret. A perfect storm of events that have made me finally give up my afternoon runs for good. …or at least while there’s still light in the morning. And today I’m here to share my “expert” advice with all of you.
So all you afternoon runners who just can’t get yourself up in the mornings, take heart. If you follow my simple advice, you too should be able to call yourself a morning runner in no time.
How to Become a Morning Runner in 4 Simple Steps
In no particular order…
1.) Start your switch in the summer.
Obvious, but vital to success. Only crazy people get up at the crack of dawn when it’s dark and freezing out. Winter time is for afternoon runs. Summer is for escaping the heat.
2.) Accept a job that gives you a significant commute in the morning. And set a work schedule that requires you to leave the house before 7:00 am.
How is this conducive to morning runs, you ask? It’s not. But it is good practice for waking up early. After a few weeks of this super fun schedule, work with your supervisor to push your hours back just a bit, giving yourself one extra hour before you leave the house in the morning.
Now? Set your alarm for the same time (okay…maybe a little earlier). When it goes off – get out of bed! You’re already used to getting up early, and you tell yourself you’re not allowed to go into work late unless you run. Plus, it doesn’t matter how early it is — you’ll quickly realize that spending 40 minutes to an hour on the roads in a groggy, half-awake state is way more appealing than spending an hour in the car in the same condition. Probably safer for everyone around you too.
3.) Prepare yourself a breakfast of champions. Something that sits well in your stomach but gives you energy to make it through your run when you’d rather be sleeping.
Such as a small piece of toast with cream cheese and raisins on top. I know, I know…peanut butter is supposed to be the fuel of champions but I’m telling you all — cream cheese is where it’s at. Especially on toast. And especially when you add raisins.*
Cheese for breakfast, lunch and dinner
*Don’t worry…I would’ve thought this combination was disgusting a few months ago too.
And last, but certainly not least…
4.) Get knocked up.
And prepare to get bigger from “here” to “here”
This is the crucial step here, ladies (gentlemen, I’m sorry…I don’t have an equivalent step for ya). For several reasons. First of all, speed is no longer an issue. Since pregnancy and speed are not friends, you no longer have to worry about running slower in the morning. You run slow all the time! So embrace it. And secondly, prolonged exposure to heat and dehydration isn’t too great for anyone. But word on the street is that it’s especially bad for growing babies. Which means that if you want to run and escape the summer heat, you basically have no choice.
This formula has proven so successful that I’m probably going to start marketing it. All I need is a catchy name. So set that alarm, roll out of bed, lace up your shoes and hit the road. And consider yourself lucky that you heard the secrets here first.
**Results not guaranteed postpartum