How I Get Ready for a Morning Run

Since I'm doing more of my runs in the morning, it’s really important that I have a routine down so that I’m not rushing around early in the morning trying to remember what i need to do. Of course, part of this means I get anything packed the night before (if I’m heading into work post-run). But keeping everything simple and easy helps out every morning.

Wake up

If I’m running in the morning, I’ll keep my alarm set for 4:30 a.m. (my normal workday wake up time). Even if it’s the weekend. I’ve found that this gives me enough time to get everything done that i need to without feeling rushed. And since my body wakes up at 4:30 during the work week, it’s used to that wake-up time already.

Vinnie gets up with me too at this time...well sort of. He runs out to the couch and curls up there right after we get out of bed. Which is nice because I don’t have to get him out right away any more and can go into step two of getting ready.

Get dressed

Now, I could go ahead and eat breakfast first before getting dressed for my run. But because Vinnie is already up (and on the couch), I’m going to be taking him outside soon anyways. So I might as well take the couple of minutes to get dressed while he’s taking a little snooze. I put my running clothes out the night before so I don’t have to think much in the morning. Just through on the clothes, pull my hair back, wash my face and then I’m ready to take Vinnie out for a quick pee.

Eat breakfast

After I take Vinnie out for a quick pee, he curls back up on the couch for another nap. I swear he does things other than nap. While he’s napping, I work on getting my breakfast ready. Most of the time, it’s oatmeal and coffee so it takes about ten minutes before I’m ready to eat. Vinnie gets a Kong filled with dog food while I eat breakfast to keep him entertained since by the time I’m done making my breakfast he’s up and interested in what’s going on.

When I start doing my Tuesday morning runs, I won’t be eating breakfast before my run which is something I haven’t done in a while. I’ll be having it post-run instead and only having my BCAAs and creatine in water before heading out on my run. It will be interesting to see how my body reacts to that. I’ve done fasted runs before but it’s been awhile since I’ve done it.

Take Vinnie on a walk

Vinnie always gets a longer walk in the morning so I still try to get that in before heading out on a run. It’s a chance for both of us to stretch our legs and gets Vinnie’s energy out since he usually gets kenneled up while I’m on my run.

Finish getting ready to run

After we get back from a walk, I take the time to put on sunscreen and Body Glide. The sunscreen has enough time to absorb into my skin while I get my water and (if it’s a long run) Gus ready to go. This is also when I wake up Mike since either he’s going to be joining me on his bike, driving me to the river or just watching Vinnie. Either way, he gets some time to wake up a little before I head out the door. Vinnie enjoys going in and seeing Mike, either to lick him awake or just curl up and nap again.

Head for the run!

Usually I’m running near our apartment so I do my warmups outside as I’m walking to where I start my run. Then, I’m all ready to go and start my day with a run!

Do you have a morning pre-run routine?