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Early Morning or Evening Running?

AaronR profile image

Hi Guys

ABout to start my journey on C25K again (see my previous post!) but I was wandering, do you prefer early morning or into the evening? I like the morning because its then out of the way for the rest of the day, but there is nothing worse than getting out of bed on a cold dark morning and going for a run, whereas if you do it in the evening you are already up and awake (and I would have walked the dogs for 45-1hour beforehand! :)

What do you do?

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Definitely early morning for me. I go to work pretty early anyway so am already up and about. I just have to be super organised the night before and get all my ducks in a row so it's a case of get up, run, come back, shower, off to work.

It's not quite so rushed at the weekend but I still go in the morning before breakfast. It seems to be working for me.

Good luck with it!

JaySeeSkinny profile image

It's early morning for me, although I'm better (and faster) if I run in the afternoon. But if I don't get it done first thing it doesn't happen. I never know when I get out of work and once I'm home I find it very difficult to get out again - either I'm ravenous or I've just eaten. So, not perfect, but out before 6am. On my non-running days I go out for a walk, so I have no excuses or gremlin arguments about getting up time. And then I can feel smug for the rest of the day!

simonHumph profile image

Evening for me as I'm a "cold starter" in the mornings but it does mean it's on my mind all day ...

I can't do morning runs. I've tried on a few occasions and I never get to the end - no idea why, but it just doesn't work for me in the slightest. I myself would prefer to run in the morning but as I said, my body seems to prefer the evening. I think everyone is different and just do what works for you.

misswobble profile image

Walking the dog beforehand actually helps as your are loose and flexed already. I always run better after I've walked the dog several times during the day. I mostly run in the afternoon or evening.

You have to fit your runs around your day so you might have to be fluid about when you run. Sometimes you just grab an opportunity when it arises

Ullyrunner profile image

Early morning girl here. I like to run on empty and to me, there's no better way to start the day.

However, I should add that as I am retired, I have the luxury of waiting until it's light!

ju-ju- profile image

I mix these days according to when I can get it in ( I run everyday). My personal preference is the early mornings when nobody is about and all I have is the glistening light from my headtorch. However running just a mile or two after work is a great stress reviver and i really recommend it :)

runswithdogs profile image

Work days I run right after work. My partner usually walks the dogs on run days. I am morning person, but I'm already up at 4:30 to get to work so any early runs would be REALLY early. On the weekend I'll run whenever I feel like it, but I prefer the early mornings.

RainbowC profile image

I'm definitely NOT a first thing in the morning runner! Later morning, afternoon, or evening are fine. I really do enjoy running in the dark - an advantage of living in a little village with limited street lighting! ;) But daylight running in the fields is always good too... Just not before breakfast, and not within an hour or two of getting up!

AndyIoW profile image

I am an early morning starter at around 4am. It because I have to start my commute to work by 530am.

The early mornings work a double purpose for me. Not many can see me huffing and puffing at that time and It gets me more awake for the day ahead. Has also dulled my hunger pains until a bit later in the morning so I have breakfast at work about 730 rather than try and eat at 515am then wait until 1230.

It must be working slightly as I am very slowing loosing up to a pound a week. Even managed to keep it off during my 6 weeks of non running due to injury.

Oldfloss profile image

Always early morning, watching the world wake and energising myself for the day. Time to run, time to breathe , time to think.

. "In the morning, everything is new.

The day's blank slate lies before me,

ready for my writing."

DaneUser profile image

Evening, clear your head from the days events

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