I have recently returned to structured training following a foray into ultra endurance events, including Ironman Italy and Mudcrew’s ARC 50. Since getting back into the swing of things, I have struggled to convince myself that training first thing in the morning should be a priority. My general reasoning for this is that if double days aren’t an integral part of a training block, then why not enjoy an extra bit of time in bed?
Despite this approach (i.e., laziness?), I have managed a couple of early morning sessions over the past two weeks and have reminded myself of the benefits. The aim of this short blog is to share a few: (1) reasons for why you should consider training first thing in the morning, and (2) top tips for how to get yourself out of bed.
Why train in the morning?
- Exercising first thing in the morning can result in a sense of achievement that translates into the working day, in terms of improved productivity. Being able to “tick off” a task before even thinking about the day ahead is particularly satisfying.
- During the summer months, banking an outdoor exercise session on a sunny morning is likely to help improve your mental wellbeing. Due to how serotonin and melatonin work in tandem, morning exercise may improve your sleep quality too.
- As a more practical point, training in the morning does allow you to complete a double day, if required. If not required, then training early frees up an evening to prioritise other activities – win-win!
- Set positive intentions the night before. For myself, this means changing the phrase “I might train in the morning” to “I will train in the morning” and only setting one alarm… instead of five. Being clear with yourself definitely makes it easier to get up and go, even if you do have other times in the day to train.
- Laying out your favourite ASICS kit the night before is also a useful way of making your life easier when getting up in the morning. This may include making sure that your running watch is charged and that you write down any important session details.
- As with plenty other aspects of day-to-day life, routine and consistency can make things more manageable. Completing a morning exercise session at least once a week should improve how easy you find it to wake up and get out the door.
Hopefully this short blog helps you add some early morning exercise into your training – just don’t beat yourself up if, like me, you can’t maintain an 100% record!
Postdoctoral Research Fellow from Exeter
Club: South West Road Runners / Exeter Triathlon Club
Coach: Phil Wylie
Preparing for a Half Ironman: Update #2by Robert Mann / Aug. 12, 2021
As a second update in this blog series, I will reflect on how my training has gone (including two races!) as I build towards the Weymouth Half Ironman (70.3). This will include a lesson learnt, a top tip, and a favourite session from my recent training. I will also provide a short review of the ASICS NOOSA TRI 13.
Taking on the VOTWO Coast Ultra Xtremeby Robert Mann / Oct. 28, 2020
The purpose of this blog is to provide a day-by-day account of the Coast Ultra Xtreme – a multi-stage ultra-marathon (80 miles) along the South-West Coast Path, between Trevose Head Lighthouse and Land’s End. I hope to be able to convince you, the reader, to consider adding this event (or something similar) to your 2021 race list!
HOW TO MEASURE SESSION RATING OF PERCEIVED EXERTIONby Robert Mann / Aug. 12, 2020
Session rating of perceived exertion (sRPE) is a simple and time efficient way to monitor your internal training load. In this blog, I introduce the concept of sRPE and encourage you to start using it on a daily basis.