As fall creeps in and the sun stays in bed later into the morning – it can get tempting to ditch the run you’ve been keeping up with all summer. Especially as the frost starts to take a bite out of your ability to get out from under the covers, it’s more important now than ever to look for encouragement.
Holloway is sharing seven of their most effective ways to ensure you can stick to your routine each day, including stocking up on the right clothes, prepping morning snacks the night before, and more!
Holloway’s List of 7 Tips to Improve Your Morning Run
#1: Stock Up On Fall Activewear
A lot of folks here believe that the better their workout clothes look and feel, the more likely they are to want to put them on. Whether their goal is to stay warm, be able to keep cool while on the run, or find something that fits them better than their set from last year, it’s important to stock up on the right clothes for your goals. Holloway’s lineup of women’s, men’s and youth active clothing will give you the extra encouragement you need to leave your warm sheets for the crisp streets.
#2: Prep Your Morning Snack the Night Before
It’s vital to your energy level to eat something around 30 minutes prior to your run. When you prep the night before, you can grab a few extra minutes to snooze as well as give yourself something yummy to look forward to the next day. Bananas with peanut butter, a tasty protein shake, fig cookies or even pretzels with hummus will give you the carbs and protein you need to make the most of your run, and will be ready and waiting for you as soon as you can get out of bed.
#3: Take Time to Stretch
After your breakfast and while you’re waiting for your food to settle, now is a great time to get in a few minutes of dynamic stretching. This will get your muscles heated up and prepped for activity, improving your endurance and preventing injury. Studies show that it can also help ease your mind into a better mentality, which helps you learn from each run. Dynamic stretches can include brief lunges, high kicks, hip stretches, assisted squats and more. When the run is over, don’t forget to include static stretching to cool down your muscles.
#4: Make a New Playlist Each Week
Running to a beat not only gets you in a better mood, but it can help your run become second nature, keeping your breathing consistent and each step in line with the next. But listening to the same playlist every morning for weeks on end can get very boring. Try switching it up each week with new songs that feature a four-step beat that is easier to time to your run. Runner’s World, Popsugar Fitness and Women’s Running are just a few websites that feature premade playlists you can download.
#5: Don’t Run Today
Seems counterproductive to our topic, but it’s true nonetheless. Plan a few days each month to put aside your run for other cardio options like yoga or Pilates. This will keep you interested in your regimen and also help build up other areas of your body. And every now and then your legs need a rest. Plus, on really cold days it will keep you inside where it’s toasty.
#6: Set Goals
You know that fountain a few miles from your house? Or that cool sculpture that you’ve been meaning to check out up close. Set a destination that piques your interest, whether it’s that beautiful view of the bridge over water or the serenity of the clearing in the woods. If you get there within a certain amount of time, you get a reward. If you don’t, well, try again the next day. Once you reach your goal, celebrate, and then set a new one.
#7: Find Your Groove
More than just about finding your running cadence, interval strides or surges, or even running by feel, this also means your run as a whole. Do what you feel is best for your body that day – it doesn’t have to be the same as yesterday. If you feel like you can go 15 minutes longer – do it. If you feel like you’re fighting yourself the entire time, call it a day. Go along with your body and the next morning when it’s time to go again, you will get up knowing you will do what you can, that you will give it your best, and that’s all you can ask for.