I made a short list of the tips and tricks that I would use to make the switch. You know, from running after work to getting out of bed in the morning and braving the cold.
Mapmyrun just posted an article called 5 Safety Tips for Running in the Dark. Read it, not only because I was mentioned in it, but because it has very useful tips!
Now here’s my list of making the switch to being a morning runner.
Morning Run Tips
- Use music (carefully) -Make sure the volume is low enough that you can hear traffic or someone coming up behind you.
- Get a buddy – There’s no better way to get out in the morning than with the accountability of someone else. Plus, misery loves company, especially when it’s quiet and dark out.
- Go to bed early – earlier you get your zzz’s the easier it is to wake up.
- Clothing – Lay out your running clothes right next to your bed. That way, you have no other option other than to step right over your running gear. You’ll have fewer excuses to put them on.
- Plan ahead – when you have a plan, you’re likely to stick to it.
- Tell someone where you’re going how long you’ll be out and when you expect to be back.
- Wear reflective gear as well as headlamps and blinking lights
- Run on well-lit roads and bring a phone in case of emergencies.
I hope some of these little tricks help you get out the door when you’d rather be catching another few minutes of sleep. After work, when you don’t have to run or workout, you’ll be happy you got it out of the way!
Happy running and be sure to be visible during the darker hours.