Five tips for getting out the door and running in the morning

This week has been  hot in MInnesota and it doesn’t seem like it’s going to start cooling off a little. So I’ll be switching to some early morning runs next week to beat the heat! Today I want to share some of my tips for getting out the door for a run at 5 a.m.


Set multiple alarms (if needed)

I’m already used to waking up before 5 a.m. so I won’t be needing multiple alarms. But i might take a couple of alarms to wake you up if you aren’t used to it. Set multiple alarms and don’t hit that snooze button!

Put out clothes the night before

The last thing I want to try and do at 5 a.m. is grab clothes for a run. Setting them out the night before gives me one less thing to do in the morning and makes sure I’m not clashing (too badly).

Drink a glass of water before heading out

I won’t be eating before heading out on these runs but I’ll be having water before heading out. This helps me hydrate right away and gives me a moment to think and get motivated to run out the door.

Have a training calendar

I find it much easier to get out the door for a morning run if it’s something scheduled on my calendar. I won’t be training for a race after the Stillwater Half but I’ll still be putting a calendar together to keep me motivated.

Have breakfast waiting for you

I don’t like trying to eat before my 5 a.m. runs so I’m usually pretty hungry by the time I get home. Having something ready to make (or already made) when you get home helps you get food in quickly without stressing you out too much.

What gets you out the door? Share your tips in the comments!