Getting up & out the door for a run on early summer mornings

I came across this article about getting yourself out for a morning run. My number 1 tip for this is to get a good running buddy. 

My friend and I have been meeting up regularly at 5:30am at a nearby park and going for a run together. It's so much easier for me to get up and out the door when I know she'll be there, too! (Plus I don't want to let her down by not showing up.) 

My schedule for getting out in the morning goes like this:

  • I get organized the night before: lay out the things I'll need like my outfit, running shoes, wallet and keys.
  • I try to make sure I'm in bed by 10. 
  • I set my alarm for 5:00.
  • I get up brush my teeth, apply sunscreen (although its not light anymore at!) and get dressed. Turn the coffee machine on, get coffee and go. Drink water on the way to my run.
  • By 5:20 I'm on my way out the door.
  • At 5:30, my friend and I are in the park and getting ready to set off.
  • At 6:00, we roll out our mats and squeeze in a 20 min stretch, maybe some walking lunges, ab work and some shoulder exercises if we're really on it.
  • By 6:3 0, I'm back home, coffee in hand, ready to take a shower and start my day. Done!

Do you have a morning exercise routine? I'd love to hear it.