Five tips to become an early morning runner

Now that summer is officially here, and temps are on the rise, I’m back to running early in the morning to hopefully find some fo the cooler temps of the day. I’ve shared before some benefits of early morning running, so today I thought I’d share some tips on how to shift your clock to become an early morning runner.

Get some sleep: OK let’s start with the obvious – if you want to get up early, you’ve got to get your zzz’s, so of course, that means get to bed at a reasonable time.

Be prepared: Lay out clothing and gear the night before – eliminate the need to stand in a dark closet fumbling around for something to wear or skipping a run because you can’t find your Garmin.

Lose the snooze: Put your alarm clock out of reach – if you have to get up to turn off your alarm you’re less likely to hit snooze.

Ease into it: And speaking of that alarm, I’d recommend starting slowly. Don’t set your alarm that first morning for o’dark thirty right off the bat. Ease your way into the early morning hours, shifting the alarm back over several days.

Find a buddy: Knowing that someone is waiting for you will get you out of bed. You never want to leave a friend hanging.

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What’s your best tip for becoming an early morning runner?

I’m linking up with Rachel from Running on Happy and Lacey & Meranda from Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five link-up!



  1. Get a dog! LOL, seriously, this morning, she woke me up at 5:30 wanting to go out.

    I am a morning person anyways, so getting up early isn’t too difficult for me. Great tips for those who aren’t!
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  2. ALL of these are my golden rules (and way of life LOL). It’s been a while since I’ve done a serious late afternoon/evening run!
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  3. I so wish I could do it but I just can’t! Our 5:30 am run is really popular with our members but I would just be dead the rest of the day. Happy running to you
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  4. Since it is summer i’ve been doing my runs in the morning but nothing too early. I’m not a 5 AM-er…lol. I’ll go around 8, but thats still probably too warm.

  5. I’ve been working on this lately too. My goal is to run at least 3 mornings a week and the other two workouts can be at night (2 off days a week for me) So far I’m hitting 2 morning runs 2 night runs and then try to fit in a short workout on the extra workout day.

  6. I LOVE running in the morning. I got a little lax with it during the school year but it was cold and my kids were at school so I could run later in the morning. Now that it’s summer I need to get my booty out of bed earlier. 🙂
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  7. All great tips, as I realize I want to get my morning run finished as early as possible tomorrow! Having my clothes laid out in advance always does the trick!
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  8. Those are seriously the best tips – I’m terrible with my alarm clock

  9. I do nearly ALL of these things! And after several years now I automatically wake at 4:45 am. 😉
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  10. I think that finding a buddy is probably the most important tip. I’m always less likely to skip a workout/run if I know a buddy will be there. I never want to leave anyone hanging!
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    • Getting out the door used to be so much easier for me when I knew my running buddy was waiting (she lives next door). When she got injured and couldn’t run with me I started to let the clock slide.

  11. Good tips. Especially getting to bed early!

  12. I used to not be a morning person, but having a child has changed that. Now that school is finally done for the year, I’m looking forward to more running in the morning.
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  13. Great tips! I am definitely a morning runner. If I don’t get it done first thing, it’s not going to get done at all!

  14. These are all great tips!! I am an early runner and I love it!!!
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  15. I always have such good intentions to get out early…and mostly never do. I am too distracted by everything else and by the time I get out the door it’s way too hot and humid!
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