Early Workouts: Some Days are Easier than Others

So I recently got a text from my little sister. “How the heck do you get the energy/motivation to get up early to workout? I tired today but you know how that worked out”. That was it, she knew that from that I’d take from it that she obviously didn’t get up and wanted to know my ‘secret’.

Well here’s the secret. THERE IS NO SECRET! I struggle just as much as the next person with getting up in the morning to workout. Some day’s it is easy, other days.. not so much. But I’ll let you in to what I’ve noticed for myself over the past few years of getting up to workout.

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1. Getting to the gym when it’s dark out is much easier than getting outside to run. This is something that I’ve just started to notice. I’m not sure if it’s because it’s getting cold outside, or because I could probably finish a 6 mile run without the sun thinking about waking up, but it’s exponentially easier for me to get up and go to the gym. For that reason I’ve switched my “run in the morning, gym after work/school” to gym before and run after. 

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2. If you schedule it as if it’s an appointment, you won’t miss it. I’ve seen a lot of people say this, but it’s true. If you have access to a personal trainer, set up an early morning session with them. That way you HAVE to get up. Or find a friend that will go as early as you do to the gym and you’ll hold each other accountable.

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3. Alarms are your best friend. Notice, I said alarmS. Plural. As in, more than one. As says the title, some days are easier than others. I know some days I jump out of bed as soon as my first alarm goes off, heck, some days I’m up BEFORE my alarm. But the ying to every yang, other days I’m getting up to my “Get. Your. Butt. Out. Of. Bed.” alarm.

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4. Find a way to make your workouts fun! Seriously, working out can be such a fun time but you have to make it that way. Going to the gym dreading it isn’t going to make you want to go anymore. You have to find a way to have fun while you’re there. Maybe you listen to music that no one should EVER know that you enjoy, or even attend a class at the gym a few times a week, something fun like Zumba or Kickboxing. That way, you’ll have something to look forward to while you’re at the gym. Honestly, I mostly just rock out when I’m at the gym.. I lip0sy

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5. Remember WHY you’re doing it! You set your alarm for a reason, right? Remember that reason when you’re cursing in the AM. Think of the abs that you want, or the minute that you want to cut off of your 2 mile time! Seriously, if you think of the WHY, you’ll get out of bed!

Knuckle Lights Review

So, if you follow me on Instagram or you’ve read my Friday post you’ll have noticed that I have these awesome things called Knuckle Lights. The founder of Knuckle Lights was gracious enough to give me a set of the lights to review and after a few runs with them I can finally tell you all about them!

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Alright. So let me start out with the fact that I got these babies in like three days! Seriously, it took no more than three days to get these guys in the mail.. So, let’s start with the obvious by saying that their shipping method is awesome (FREE priority shipping)! Ok, I know that doesn’t REALLY matter, but I figured it should be added.

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Alright, so I received a blue set of Knuckle Lights! Currently they have the colors Pink, Yellow, Silver, & Black! I believe that mine are blue because I received a set that they wouldn’t sell the customers (probably when they had blue as one of their main colors) because the package was ‘bad’ (I didn’t notice anything wrong, but maybe I just have low standards?).. In the package I also received a bumper sticker & with the lights came batteries & a paper with how to install the batteries.

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Of course I couldn’t wait to try them out.. But it was midday when I got them so I had to just try them on for size. As you can see in the picture of the paper above, they have an adjustable strap that goes on your palm. I had to barely adjust mine, but they now fit perfectly when running with or without gloves.

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The first time I used them I was going on a group run with some new people. Let me tell you, I made some friends right away! I WAS bragging a bit to have lights on my hands and not my head (you know, like a standard headlamp), but I think they understood the bragging the I turned on the lights for the run!

Each light is 45 Lumens. Most headlamps are anywhere from 10-99 Lumens, but they don’t have the flexibility of being moved easily. The lights also have three settings. Seeing as I’m running at 6am here in Michigan and the sun isn’t thinking about coming up until about 7am I always have them on the first setting, or the brightest one. However, there are two more. The second is dimmer, and the third is a blinking light.

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I could legitimately light the road for probably three runners running side-by-side. Of course, they all have headlamps, but I was the one giving off the most light. Even today I met with the group again (the first time I used them was about a week ago) and a girl that knew that I had them said to her sister, “Look, those are those bright lights I was telling you about.” Seriously, they love them! I wouldn’t be surprised if the rest of my running group decides to get them!

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Ok, you get the point they’re great. But hear this, not only are they bright but they’re great for other reasons too.  Like the fact that I can change the position of them easily. When cars are driving towards us, I put one arm to my side (swinging back and forth) and the other still facing forward but angled down a bit. I do this so that the car can see the people behind me, and so that I’m not blinding them with the one facing forward. They’re also nice because I can easily point out anything on the road that runners need to be aware of (branches, pot holes, etc). Seriously, they’re amazing!

SO, if you’ve started running the the dark (like me) whether it be A.M. or P.M. make sure you check out Knuckle Lights as an option for lighting your way!

 

UPDATE! In mid-October I will have a promo code for you guys that will give you $5 off! However, I must wait until mid-October. So check back then or follow me on twitter and/or Instagram be sure to get the code!! 

Dark mornings, Bright colors, Run fast?

Hey guys.. I need your help.. So here’s the deal.. I want to start running in the morning (before school) so that I can go to the gym and focus on other stuff after school..

 

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Seems easy enough, right? WRONG! See.. the thing is that I have to be to school most day by 8am.. (my late day is 10:40am, though we’ll still be there probably closer to 8:30am).. This means that if I want to run, I have to leave myself a good.. uh.. we let’s figure this out..

Monday & Friday: Need to be in by 8:10am.. Need to leave home by 7:40am.. Need to be out of the shower by 7:20.. Need to be in the shower by 7:10.. Need 30mins to run 3 miles (to be on the safe side).. Means I need to have my foot out of the door by 6:35am.

Tuesday & Thursday: Even worse. Need to be in by about 7:40am.. Leave by 7:20 (the earlier you’re on the road the less time it takes you to get anywhere.. oh Detroit..).. In shower by 6:50, 4 mile run.. means I need to be leaving my porch by 6am..

 

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Alright.. so that seems a little crazy.. but I feel like I’ll love being up and about before everyone else.. ESPECIALLY when I set the delay on my coffee maker and get out of the shower to freshly brewed coffee!

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OK. So I mentioned that I needed your help.. and I do.. because I know that a lot of you guys run in the A.M. I’m wondering what precautions I should take while running in the morning.. I mean, in the summer we could be up at 5am and have it sunny outside.. but the sunrise is getting later and later here in Michigan and I don’t want to have to worry about getting hit, not being seen, etc.

 

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So I ask you this.. What are your ESSENTIALS when you head out in the morning on a dark run?

Headlamp? Reflection vest? Bright colors? Make sure to carry your phone? Run without headphones? Keep the loop close to home? Run fast?

I really have no idea guys! Please help me out!

 

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