In my last post, I talked about some reasons why I am a morning runner. But you should know, it wasn’t always that way.
I used to be a night owl. I used to scoff at the idea of getting up before the sun for anything, let alone to run. I scowled from my apartment window, still in my pajamas and sipping on my first cup of coffee for the day… who are these people?! These are freaks of nature, I thought, because who would ever choose to run so early? To me, it was insane, mainly because I never thought that I could be that person, greeting the day with a run.
But here’s the thing – I am that person now. I am that person who has a hard time not starting my day with a run. I know it isn’t for everyone, but if you’re looking to start this new habit, here are 8 simple tips to live by as you begin your journey to early morning running bliss:
It’s tough to train hard when your body’s working overtime to pump out sweat. If you live in an area that’s plenty humid during the summer months, you have to take a few extra steps to make your mileage bearable. Here are a few of our top tips for surviving swampy workouts.
Train Before the Sun Rises
If you head out the door in the dawn hours, you’ll have a better chance at a more pleasant run. Although the air will likely still be moist, it certainly won’t be as hot as later in the day. Running in the evening is not as effective as running early, because even when the sun goes down, wetter air holds the heat longer.
It’s Gettin’ Hot in Herre…
When running in humid weather, try to wear as little as (legally) possible. If you’re running in heat and humidity, you’re going to sweat. The real kicker is that your sweat will still collect on even the most moisture-wicking shirts and shorts available. Technical fabrics have a hard time performing at their best in humid weather, because the wet air causes moisture to evaporate very slowly.
Even though your sweat doesn’t evaporate very quickly in humid weather, you’re still sweating, so it’s important to keep an eye on your hydration. Even if you’re only going on a short run and don’t want to tote hydration with you, hydrate well pre- and post-run to help reduce your chances of dehydration and heat exhaustion. Read more…