Adding on an extra five minutes to your morning running routine can take your training to the next level. I’m not saying it ONLY takes five extra minutes to reach your big goals for the year, but I what I am saying is that even adding an extra five minutes to your daily morning workouts can allow you to see improvements or prevent injuries.
Here are ten things you can do with an extra five minutes added onto your morning workout routine:
- Foam roll (btw, this is my all time favorite foam roller)
3. Give your body time to either warm-up before your run or cool-down after your run
4. Glute activation exercises (If you’re looking for glute exercises to do, try these)
5. Planks (try this 5-minute core workout for runners)
6. A 5-minute strength workout (Try this: Do each exercise for 1 minute: plyometric squats, rotational planks, push-ups, jump lunges, spider-man plank)
7. Fuel before your run with a handful of cereal or 1/2 a banana – this will help you get more out of your workout after an overnight fast.
8. Do 5 minutes of running drills to improve your running economy.
9. Work on your mental game by visualizing your race or next workout
10. Meditate to clear the static from your brain before your work day begins
Finding an extra five minutes to work on becoming a better runner is easier said than done! Your time is valuable and it is likely your schedule is already packed. Here are 5 ways to streamline your morning routine in order to fit in these extras without having to wake-up earlier:
1. On mornings you need to wash your hair, the Revlon Salon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer is a game changer. After seeing it on instagram, I finally caved in and bought it despite already owning a great hairdryer. It takes me about the same time to blow-dry my hair with this dryer as it does my regular dryer, but the difference is that I no longer need to use a flat-iron.
2. Create a seasonal work uniform so that getting dressed for work only takes minutes. I have a summer and winter work uniform that varies just slightly in the spring and fall. I have a specific style of pants I wear most days in the summer and the same for the winter. My tops are similar styles and I just add or take away layers depending on the weather. Also, you can’t go wrong with a wardrobe that’s 90% black.
3. If you don’t lay out your clothes the night before, reorganize your drawers so that everything is easy to find. The KonMari method for folding clothes vertically is life changing! (Here is a great blog post from Abby Lawson on how to organize your drawers)
4. Write out an itinerary for your morning routine. I mention this often when it comes to race weekend, but it works equally well for weekday mornings.
5. Commit to never hitting the snooze button. This is the one that is the most likely to get in my way no matter what I am waking up for. I love the snooze button, but if I set the intention to jump out of bed the second my alarm goes off, I actually have more than enough time to get everything done. If I hit snooze, forget about it!