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?
If you have read my blog for any period of time you will have noticed that most of my running is done early in the morning or in the evening as I run home from work. Running at these times of day have become my preference for different reasons.
If I can get in the habit of heading to bed earlier, getting up early and getting in a run before work is a great way to start the day. It leaves me feeling more energetic as I head to work and I don’t have to worry about staying motivated for a run later in the day or having to change my plans because I was stuck late at work.
Alternatively, my other preferred option is to run home from work. The benefit of this is that I can fit in an 8-10 km run without really disrupting my day as the run home gets me home almost as quick as taking the bus home.
Running later at night after my daughter has gone to bed is not my preferred time to run for a couple of reasons. I usually end up running on a full stomach because I had a big meal not long before my run and it is often hard to stay motivated when you are tired after getting home from a full day of work.
For various reasons, my last 3-4 runs have all been completed later at night. I am not planning to make this a regular habit but it just turns out that it was the best time for me to run on the days.
What is your preferred time of day to run?
Going into last week my main goal was to get in my weekday runs before work due to the heat wave we were expected to receive last week. I ended up being mostly succesful in achieving thaat goal.
I was able to get up early and head for my runs early in the morning Tuesday – Thursday. Friday I was just too tired to get up for an early run and ended up settling for a short run after work.
My total mileage for the week was just over 60 km which represents my biggest week since the Ottawa Marathon at the end of May. Since then I had been averagingÂ about 50Â km most weeks.
With this morning’s 20.5 km run with the Chariot I should be on my way to at least matching last week’s mileage and as I officially start my training for the Philadelphia Marathon this week I think that leaves me with a good base and in a good position to start working toward my goal of improving on my time of 3:23 in this year,s Ottawa Marathon and hopefully a step closer to my eventual goal of qualifying for the Boston Marathon.
How did you handle the heat last week?
We have had a slow start to summer here so far but now we are finally seeing warmer temperatures during the day. While hotter temperatures are certainly welcome it does mean making adjustments to running schedules.
In terms of my running schedule, for now I am continuing to run home from work in the evenings. Last year when it got hotter I completed most of my runs early in the morning before heading to work as a way to beat the heat. In order to have time to get in an 8-10 km run I would have to leave the house around 5:30-6:00. With a toddler at home who currently gets up around 5:00-5:30 heading for an early morning run during the week is a little more difficult right now.
One solution for me would be to be a little organized the night before by preparing my lunch for the next day, getting my running clothes out for the morning and heading to bed earlier so I can just head out for a run with my daughter in her Chariot in the morning.
For now I will probably continue to run home from work in the evenings but if we do start to see even hotter days I will try to get myself organized to start running early in the morning again.
Running in the heat also brings up the issue of proper hydration. You can check out this post for tips on proper hydration when running in the heat. I generally do not bring anything to drink with me unless I am headed out for more than 20 km but on really hot days I make sure to always bring something with me to be on the safe side.
What changes do you make to your running routine when the weather gets hotter?