What time of day do you run?

You may have noticed from my previous posts or my Twitter updates that my weekday runs tend to either be at the crack of dawn or in the evening as I head home from work. The reason for that is simple, with a full-time job and a young child at home these are the best times during the week for me to run. Both options have their pros and cons.

When I run in the mornings I get up at 5:00 and am out the door by 5:30 so I can finish my run before I have to get ready for work. The advantage of this is that I can get my run done right away and don’t have to worry about things like being late at work or bad weather later in the day. Of course, the downside is that it involves going to bed earlier the night before which I am not always good at (especially if there is a hockey game involving the Oilers on tv!)

My other option is to bring a change of clothes with me to work and run home with my backpack – I saw three other people doing the same thing tonight so I can’t be that crazy for doing this! The advantage to this option is that I can sleep in a bit longer in the morning. The downside is that if I am tired or if the weather changes throughout the day it can sometimes be tough to stay motivated for a run when I leave work at 5:00.

My weekend running schedule differs in that it revolves around my daughter’s sleep schedule. I will either time my runs for when she has a nap or when the weather is nice I will take her in her Chariot so we can spend more time together.

2 thoughts on “What time of day do you run?”

  1. For me it ends up being a combination of times. In the last two weeks, my run start time has varied from 6:30am to 3:30pm. Ideally, I’d like to start all of my runs around 8:30am or 9:00am to match up with the start times for the Winterman Half-Marathon and the Ottawa Race Weekend Half-Marathon, but sometimes life gets in the way.

  2. Most of my runs are early in the morning. Lately I have been running more in the evening mainly because my schedule is a mess and the weather allows me to run in the afternoon more often.

    I have thought about running to work sometime, it is 17 miles. I will still do this one of these days, but haven’t yet.

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