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Am I the only one who has trouble getting out the door for my runs? In the past, I’ve struggled to start my long runs early in the day because I find 100 things I want to do instead. Luckily, I’ve been able to break this self-sabotaging habit with a little discipline and by finding a training partner.
However, if you are like I once was, here are reasons why procrastinating your long run can negatively impact your run and a fail proof plan for getting out the door on time!
Procrastination has negative impacts 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.
Here’s a 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.