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How To Be A Morning Person On Race Day

In the past few years since I’ve started running, I’ve only run a handful of races.  And only a couple of those handful were actual, timed, races. (Crazylegs, Zooma 10k) Even with the little experience I have though, I know that I have not found a race day routine that works for me.  This stems from the fact that I don’t run in the morning (except on race days) which stems from the fact that I am not a morning person.  I mean, I’m not one to sleep in until noon or anything, but early in the morning I am definitely not motivated to do much more than sit on the couch with a cup of coffee and read blogs.

I know that each person is different, and there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution, but I thought I’d throw the question out there on Facebook and Twitter in hopes to get some helpful suggestions.

The first suggestion that I got was from Mandy and is strikingly similar to what I normally do.

mandytweetI got a bunch more suggestions on the B&Z Facebook Page, too.


Thanks for the suggestions Mandy, Monique, Dan, Danielle, and Emily!

After reading those tips, and a few random blog posts that I found (including this one from Carrots N Cake – Right Before the Race ) I feel like I have an idea (on paper at least) of what I need to do to prepare myself a little better for morning running.  And hopefully i can put those tips to use for my race next week.  Oh, what’s that?  You had no idea I was running a race next week?  Well, let me tell you about it!

Full Disclosure:  Liveality, a sponsor of the Berbee Derby, is paying for my race entry and giving me some fun swag in exchange for me sharing about the race and their Keepix digital photo book.  As always, all of the opinions are completely my own.

So yeah, I’m running the Berbee Derby on Thanksgiving! Actually, the husband and I are both running the 5K. When the people from Liveality contacted me about possibly running, I wasn’t sure how I felt about running ON Thanksgiving, or how my family would feel about me doing something different on Thanksgiving morning. (we usually have brunch at my parents’ house)  I eventually came around to the idea, and my parents were ok with us not coming over until later, so I decided to go for it!  I really needed another race on my calendar to give my fitness self a kick in the butt anyways.  Let’s just say that fitness has not been a priority for the past couple of months as work has gotten much busier. I didn’t know much about the Berbee Derby (except for its name, and that it was on Thanksgiving) so I decided to read a bit more about it.  Some facts that I learned:

  • This year is the 10th annual event.
  • It was started by Jim Berbee who simply wanted to create a “turkey trot” in Madison to raise money for a worthy cause.
  • 100% of the proceeds form the race go to the Technology Education Foundation to fund grants for purchasing technology for use in classrooms and non-profits in the Madison area.
  • There is a 10k run, a 5k run, and a 5k walk.
  • Each participant this year gets a complementary Liveality Keepix digital photo book – and there will be a photo booth on site!

While I still am not super excited to get up early and run, I’m getting there! It helps that the husband is running this race with me, as he is much better at getting up and going than I am.  I know I’ll feel better when race day comes and the endorphins kick in, too.

Anyone else running on Thanksgiving this year? Any locals running the Berbee Derby??

Anyone have other tips for me to make morning running easier??


4 Responses

  1. Have an awesome time! I’m running a local 5K Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning.

    I will usually make sure I arrive in plenty of time for the race so I have time to warm-up and shake the nerves out. Nothing worse than feeling rushed and getting stressed out!

    • Thanks for the tips! I agree, nothing worse than feeling rushed and stressed out! Have fun at your Turkey Trot, too!

  2. I always take a shower before a morning race – even if it’s super early…helps me wake up!

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