If you haven’t seen the mass amounts of Insta, Twitter ++ Facebook posts in the past two weeks, then SURPRISE it’s #runCHAARG. We are encouraging our members + everyone interested in CHAARG to RISE + RUN — wake up early + log your miles before 8 am. If you aren’t a morning person [like myself] waking up before 8 am can be daunting ++ maintaining the motivation to continually log miles before 8 am can be tough. But like all CHAARG girls, we love to push our boundaries + set new // exciting goals for ourselves — #runCHAARG is no different. We are here as a supportive + motivating community to help you achieve your #runCHAARG goals [50 miles all logged before 8 am by September 18th].
Once you test out our tips + get into a weekly routine of RISING + RUNNING, I’m sure you’ll [almost] enjoy waking up a few hours earlier to live a few hours more.
1] PLAN YOUR OUTFIT THE NIGHT BEFORE
In your mind, rolling out of bed at 5:45 am + throwing on the nearest pair of running shorts accompanied by your grey CHAARG tank, sounds easy. But in reality, at 5:45 am you will want to give yourself every excuse in the book to avoid that 6 am run – even “*But I don’t have anything to wear,*” or “*My running watch isn’t CHAARGed. I can’t run without it.*” If you lay out your workout gear the night before your run, it will save time + the silly excuses you make as to why you can’t log miles before 8 am.
2] *BEEP BEEP * IT’S YOUR ALARM CLOCK RINGING
Your dreaded alarm clock — you cringe when you hear the classic melody start playing. You reach to turn it off as soon as possible, *accidentally* hitting the snooze button a time, or 6 times. DON’T HIT SNOOZE! Hitting the snooze is almost a morning ritual for some people, but once you get out of the habit of hitting snooze you’ll be up + out of bed putting on your FitGear in no time. Also, setting your alarm clock across the room may seem repetitive + ineffective, but believe me it gets your booty out of bed!
3] FLIP THE SWITCH
Because you are RISING before the sun, once your alarm sounds jump out of bed + flip the light switch. If you are somewhere the sun comes up by 6 am — sleep with your blinds open to allow natural morning light to creep in your window. If you live in a campus area with streetlights, sleeping with your blinds open can also be effective. If you sleep in a pitch dark room it can discourage you from getting out of bed, or even worse it can suck you back in bed once you’re awake.
4] TURN UP THE TUNES
Physically getting out of bed tends to be the hardest part of waking up early, but once you’re up + movin’ you’ll be groovin’ before no time. Make a “morning playlist” 15-20 minutes long to get you ready + out the door. Incorporate songs that are empowering, or songs that get you pumped pre-run. Music does something to the soul that other motivators just cannot do. Music will be you’re #1 “bae” to get through RISING + RUNNING.
5] DRINK A GLASS OF ICE COLD H2O #HYDRATION
Burr. It’s cold in here. There must be some water in the atmosphere. Seriously though, drinking a large glass of ice cold H2O boosts metabolism first thing in the morning. It’s refreshing ++ anything cold in general seems to instantaneously makes you feel more alert.
6] GRAB A WORKOUT BUD
Working out with a fellow CHAARG girl, or someone interested in CHAARG not only gives you more motivation, but committing to a sweat sesh holds you accountable for your workout. It will also be a blast sweating it out with your CHAARG BFF!
7] PRACTICE GRATITUDE // KEEP A JOURNAL
Jot down a small journal entry every morning you run — write down 3 things you are thankful for + focus on those 3 things, or people in your life while you’re running. This will take no longer than 2 minutes + can be in your notes on your phone, or physically in a journal. Keeping in mind 3 things you are thankful for throughout your run will give you strength to keep going + will remind you why you started in the first place.
8] ERASE NEGATIVITY + ELIMINATE EXCUSES
#PositiveVibesOnly. One main factor that discourages early morning workouts is negativity — cue the excuses. If you can get into a positive mindset [i.e. thinking of things you’re thankful for] + exude positivity in every aspect of your life the excuses you once made for yourself will be eliminated. The typical “hit snooze 6 times + complain throughout your *whole* workout,” will turn into you waking up to your first alarm + being ready to hit the pavement.
9] REWARD YOURSELF
Treat yo’self for completing your goals! Set a weekly, or monthly, goal reward. For example if you get up Monday – Friday + log miles reward yourself with a delicious juice from your local juice bar, or a scrumptious smoothie. Make your monthly goal rewards larger — i.e. if you log miles every morning Monday- Friday for a month treat yo’self to a piece of new workout gear. #Fitsionista
10] KEEP IN MIND THE WAY YOU’LL FEEL AFTER #ENDORPHINS
Have you EVER heard someone say, “Wow! I really wish I didn’t do that workout?” NO, because #endorphins. Pre-workout groans are usually silenced by the overwhelming sense of adrenaline + endorphins your body produces throughout your workout. When your workout ends you receive a reminder as to why you started in the first place + why you love to live a healthy lifestyle. Feeling the post workout endorphins flow through your body not only improve your well-being, but they allow you to release #PositiveVibes for the rest of your day!
Logging miles before 8 am can be intimidating + difficult at times, but in CHAARG girl fashion we crave a challenge. Following these 5 ways to stay motivated will certainly help you accomplish your #runCHAARG goals + conquer yet another CHAARG challenge!
+Delaney [@delaney_inchaarg] // UC CHAARG
+ Photography // Kaitlyn Bowman