My wife is the most dedicated runner I know so I’ve asked her to share her thoughts on getting out the door every morning:
Let’s face it, winter is knocking on the door, and the cold temperatures are here to stay. It will only get colder, and add to that some wind, snow, sleet and of course, darkness, and you have a recipe that will make you want to stay in bed when that alarm goes off in the morning. How do you get out the door when the cozy warmth of the bed, not to mention the temptation of another hour of precious slumber, is pulling you back under the covers? Well, it’s not easy… getting out the door is the hardest part, but there are some things that will help you resist the urge to hit the snooze and forego the run.
1. Get your mind ready.
The very most important factor that needs to be in place to get you out the door in the morning is your mind set- and that needs to be in place before drifting off to sleep the night before. You need to be ‘ready to run’ mentally before you go to bed, and committed to getting up in the morning. While having your gear in place will help you feel prepared and get your mind thinking positively, you still need to remove the doubt. So, as you are drifting off to sleep, tell yourself that you are getting up when that alarm goes off and doing your run- there’s no other choice. Think of it as having a season’s pass to running… you want to get your money’s worth from your investment and that means making every run. No is not an option.
2. Get your stuff ready.
Set out your gear (shoes, running tights, tops, outer layer, hat/headband, mittens, neck warmer (this is my most important piece), reflective things, headlamp (optional) and socks) so you won’t be looking for things in the morning darkness- everything will be there, ready to go. Fumbling around in the morning looking for your gear wastes precious minutes that you could otherwise be spending on your run- it also gives you time, and an excuse, to change your mind and go back to bed. If you have a heater in your house, you might choose to put your things near it so that they are warm when you slip into them. (We have a pellet stove and I like to put my clothes on the couch by the stove- they are always nice and toasty when I put them on.)
3. NO snoozing.
When the alarm goes off, do NOT hit the snooze button. If you snooze, you lose, literally. Do not even take a moment to think about it, your decision was made last night and you committed to it. You cannot afford to have a ‘maybe’ attitude. Get up! Set your clock away from your bed if necessary so you have to get out of bed. Get dressed and brush your teeth- there’s no turning back now. This is the time to hit the floor to do some pushups (or pullups or any other activity)- start with 10 or 20, then add a few more to get your heart rate up and your body warmed up. Doing pushups fully dressed to run will warm you up so quickly that you’ll want to get out the door to cool off- and that is exactly what you’ll do, every day.
Make it a habit and you’ll have no problem getting out the door for your run in the morning… you’ll be so glad you did!