When I first started training for marathons I used to get in a lot of mileage early in the morning while the rest of my family was asleep. Usually I was able to go and get back home before anyone was awake.
That changed when my second daughter was born a couple years ago. Having a new baby made it easier to get in my mileage after work. The reason for this is that I found it tougher to get up at 5:00 or 5:30 to get my run in early.
This past Sunday and this morning I managed to fit in early morning runs again. The benefit of this is that it gives me another time of day to try and fit in a scheduled run.
Although it is tough to get in the habit of going to bed early enough for a run that early in the morning the benefit is that my run is out of the way early in the day. The result is that it has less of an impact on the rest of my day. There is also less traffic on the streets to worry about at that time of day.
Here was the scene this morning as I was nearing the end of my run…
What time of day do you prefer to run?
The majority of my running is done early in the morning while my family is sleeping or in the evening when I run home from work. Recently, I have been getting more accustomed to running later at night. The change is a result of my previously mentioned efforts to stay closer to home as we await the arrival of our baby and being busy with preparations for the baby’s arrival.
i wouldn’t say I’m still a big fan of the late night runs. I enjoy the early morning runs because it means you have the whole day ahead of you. I also like running home from work in the evening because the isn’t a better way to clear your after a long day at work than going for a run.
Running later at night is different. You have to stay motivated and disciplined for a longer period of time in order to get that run in. The fact that it is dark and cold can also impact discipline and motivation.
On the plus side these late night runs don’t really impact my life. My daughter is bed and the day is winding down by the time I get around to going for my run. In addition, by leaving for my run around 9:30 I am not really affecting my regular sleeping habits.
As mentioned, I still prefer the early mornings and hour following work but for now the late night runs are what works best in my schedule.
Do you have a favourite time of day to run?