First think I will admit here is that this is the only time of the year that I run early. There are no street lights and I have no desire to encounter bears etc on a dark road, I also have to desire to twist my ankle on the gravel roads. Therefore the only time of year I run really early is when it gets light out really early.
I have to leave my house at 6:20 am at the latest to get to work on time so that means my run needs to be done by 5:40 so I can shower, eat breakfast and have a little time with the kids. I do love sunrise runs though. I find something about running into the sunrise very energizing.
2. Set out everything you are going to need the night before. I find the longer it takes to get everything together the more likely I am to get distracted and either talk myself out of the run or not have enough time to run as far as I wanted to.
3. Set an alarm. I am probably on oddball here but I rarely am still in bed after 4:30 am. I still set my alarm just in case.
4. Leave yourself notes. Sometimes I get a bit distracted by Facebook, or blogging, or just plain old web surfing and before I know it... bam no time to run, or yoga, or whatever. If I put a sticky note on the computer it is a good reminder.
5. Get your gear on and go. Don't over think it, just go!
When do you usually run?