Do you have a long run on your training schedule this weekend?
Do you sometimes plan to get out the door bright and early, but struggle with making that a reality?
Getting your long run done early on a weekend morning is ideal for many reasons. However, who wouldn’t rather sleep in?
You probably already know this, but putting your long run off to a later time or for another day has negative consequences.
Here are 6 negative negative impacts procrastination has on your long run:
- Increases pre-run anxiety.
- Throws off your eating/digestion schedule.
- Parks and sidewalks are more crowded the later you begin to run.
- The temperature rises.
- You spend more time stressing about your run.
- When you delay your run, you most likely delay everything else you have to get done that day.
And here is your fail-proof plan to get out the door on time.
- Make a reusable check list of everything you need to have ready for a long run. Before you go to bed, prep everything on the list—water bottle, fuel, body glide, charge electronics, etc. This way, you don’t waste time trying to find the lid to your water bottle or digging sunscreen out of your beach bag.
- Go to bed on time. It’s easy to want to stay up late on the weekend, but giving into the temptation to binge watch season 7 of Gilmore Girls only means you’ll pay the price the next morning.
- Write out an itinerary for your morning the day before the long run. Include details such as where you’ll run, what time you’ll begin your warm-up, where pit stops are along the route and what time you anticipate being home.
- Prep a recovery smoothie. Portion out all the ingredients you need into a plastic bag so that when you come home you can throw all the ingredients into a blender to refuel. Refueling within an hour after your long run will facilitate recovery and help you get out the door faster for your next run. Need a new smoothie recipe? Make this cherry-limeade smoothie.
Follow these tips to get out the door bright and early without fail!