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Week 1 complete! Questions: When is your favourite time to run?

So I've made it to the end of week 1's runs. They weren't as bad as I thought they may be although I'm definitely nervous about upping it to 90 seconds of running!

I almost thought at one point that I would never make it to run the 3rd run of the week. Everything seemed against me! My run was scheduled for Friday last week. I woke up with a readiness to do this and an eagerness. I had a number of errands to run first before I could go out and the dog had to go to the vets. This was all fine until ... in the middle or my errands, I tripped over, catching my foot on the pavement, ripping the sole of my trainer away from the top of my trainer. This was so annoying! But I was going to see my parents that afternoon, surely they would have glue to fix it. Sure enough they did, although I left my trainers there by accident. Anyway, one thing after another, I eventually got my trainers back today and managed to go for week 1, run 3. Very happy!

So in the process of running Week 1's runs, I've tried different times of the day to run. Currently, I've had the luxury of having a few days off so was able to try running in the middle of the day, I've also woken up super early before work to go for a run, and I've also gone for a run when I've got home from work in the evening before tea. I don't particularly dislike any of the different times I've gone running but I can definitely see pros and cons about running at different times of the day. While running before work was refreshing and great to help me wake up, will I always manage to wake up at 5.30 to enthusiastically go for a run? Today I managed to go for a run when I got home from work, but my husband played a large role in that by helping me find the motivation to get out the house and obviously, while having a life of leisure would be amazing, I don't normally get much time during the day to go for a run!

So, thoughts please. When do you run? Why do you run then? What are your pros and cons of running at that time?

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Hi

I too am at the end of the first week and starting second tomorrow eeekk.

This last week I have been running first thing in the morning so that I can come home have a shower and feel refreshed. My husband has been doing with me too but has returned to work this week so will be doing it in the evening. I'm not so sure about that as in the evening I like to relax and often feel tired but maybe my newly found motivation will spur me on!!!

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Morning always, otherwise I find things that need doing and end up flaking. Doing it in the morning gives me that smug ' I already did my exercise' feeling. Tried lunch times - hopeless before lunch was hangry after lunch was dopey...

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Do you just wake up super early each day to get a run in? Random question, do you get up early on all days, even if you aren't running? Or do you get half hour extra sleep on days you are not running?

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Regardless of my age I am still a teenager when getting up.... so early on Run days and lie in on non run days. I could sleep for England, In fact I'd be better at snoozetopillow, rather than C25K... i have got used to that pattern in all seriousness. But what helps is that I run every other day.i don't like having 2 days rest and I think my brain has reprogrammed itself to know that on Run days I wake up earlier. And i do I beat the alarm clock on those days so some NLP or something has kicked in

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Me too...I take the kids to school...take my stuff with me so I don't have to go in the house, I post my car keys through the letterbox & off I go, otherwise, I'd end up emptying the dishwasher or having a general tidy up & then it's too late as my Hubby likes to come home for dinner and then before I know it it's time to pick the kids up again ...when I go to a class at the gym I always make sure it on a morning too...then a shower & I'm set for the rest of the day...

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Yes I am the queen of prevarication, so can really understand where you're coming from.

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I also run in the morning before work. To avoid the getting up at different times I either walk or run on every work day. That way there are no discussions with my sleepy-head gremlins. If I don't run in the morning I'm too tired in the evening and it doesn't happen. Plus it sets you up for the day!

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When I was able to run (back in the day) I much preferred early morning runs. To imagine the whole village asleep as I began my run, and slowly see it come to life or not (depending upon the start time of my run) was amazing. I did feel pleased to have got my first form of exercise done and dusted before breakfast. (I cycle and row too). After work, I am really in "food and flop" mode. I don't have the energy to go out late in the evening and take my hat off to all those who do. Whenever you go running, enjoy it. It's just the best. 😊👍🏻

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I'm just 4 runs in but so far I've done them all in the morning - school holidays have made this easier but I am a bit worried about how I'll manage in September. By then I am hoping I will have C25K bug as I'lk be on about week 6 or 7, and will be able to leap out of bed before work!

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