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Time of day?

Jnubster
JnubsterGraduate

Update : Thanks all for your input! Certainly given me positive feedback, really appreciated 👍🏻

Hi everyone! I was just wondering what everyone’s preferences are? Early morning or evening runs? Initially I ran at around 8:30-9pm (no one would see me 🙈& cooler) However, now I run early morning starting usually before 7:30 ( slightly quieter - still no one will see me 🤣) #invisiblerunner

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Hidden

Morning I think -sets you up for the day 😊

Jnubster
JnubsterGraduate in reply to Hidden

Yes I’m actually believing this! My only issue is come September I’ll be leaving for work at 8 so I’ll have to think about my times

Maz1103
Maz1103Graduate

I prefer the morning before it gets too hot 7.30 ish but sometimes think my body isn't awake enough. Can't stand running in the sun.

Jnubster
JnubsterGraduate in reply to Maz1103

Totally me!!! I have done a few times but my it was exceptionally hard.

Maz1103
Maz1103Graduate in reply to Jnubster

I am almost relieved when its raining 😂

Jnubster
JnubsterGraduate in reply to Maz1103

Ha ha!! I ran in the rain and sun here this morning! It was tough, hot, sweaty mess by the time I got home 🤣

Maz1103
Maz1103Graduate in reply to Jnubster

Who cares?. You are way better than everyone who is sat doing nothing 😁

Jnubster
JnubsterGraduate in reply to Maz1103

Right back at you!! I heard a lady saying she was shouted at for her #slowrunning I thought well no matter how slow she’s moving at least she is!!

Maz1103
Maz1103Graduate in reply to Jnubster

Exactly!!

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate

Well invisible runner, early morning is the time I run as well, not too early, it is cooler at that time, don't worry about other people seeing you run.

Jnubster
JnubsterGraduate in reply to AlMorr

Thank you 😊 I am actually getting better in regards to being seen! I even wave to my friend as she’s on her way to/from work on some days

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate in reply to Jnubster

👍 🏃🏾 😊

nowster
nowster in reply to Jnubster

I exchanged waves with the guy who rebuilt the flat roof on our extension this morning. He was sitting in his van and I was just starting the final 5 minute run of W4R2.

Instructor57
Instructor57Graduate

Mornings for me !

Sometimes early , I have twice been out at 6am but more so 7:30 and sometimes 10:30 but always morning 🙂

Jnubster
JnubsterGraduate in reply to Instructor57

Thank you

At the moment I'm out the door at about 8.30am, but I'm hoping I can get up a bit earlier this week.

When I stop working from home it'll have to be a bit earlier anyway.

Jnubster
JnubsterGraduate in reply to nowster

Thank you

I have been early morning up until today!! I done w3r3 at about 4pm this afternoon and I felt great! I think early morning probably suits me during the week but I think when I'm nervous about a run, I may do late afternoon to see how it goes

Jnubster
JnubsterGraduate in reply to MITCHSCULLY

I think that’s the thing you have to find a time to suit

FitterFor40
FitterFor40Graduate

My legs don't work until I've properly woken up and had breakfast...so anytime after 10am is my favourite.

I don't like running anytime after tea. Even if I wait 3 hours...feels like it's harder work!

Jnubster
JnubsterGraduate in reply to FitterFor40

I know what you mean, sometimes I think I should eat before I go out. My legs sometimes feel like dead weights after a bit of running though if I eat! Did think I’d eat a banana but haven’t bothered as of yet!

Chickenpoo
Chickenpoo in reply to Jnubster

I always run before eating......but I have run after eating a banana and during the run a couple of times could taste it🤔 I alway have a good drink of water tho.

Definitely morning. It's cooler, it's quieter and I feel a little smug the rest of the day 😝

Jnubster
JnubsterGraduate in reply to Hberryh

Yes & I love the feeling of it being done & dusted💪🏼 I used to in the first couple of weeks run in the evening. I would be thinking about it with a bit of dread 🙄 now I just get on with it!

Reggit
ReggitGraduate

early morning for me. I find I can’t sleep if I go late.

Jnubster
JnubsterGraduate in reply to Reggit

I had hoped it would help me sleep but it didn’t!

Hi, well, Iv always been an early runner, anything from 5am, but found I couldn't 'be bothered' to do workouts, in the evening, so I tried evening running and found it quite relaxing, so it varies what shift I'm on, early shift then its early workout, late run, later shifts, its run and workouts together.😁

Jnubster
JnubsterGraduate in reply to Helenmarie28

Great, thanks for sharing your routine. I’m thinking ahead ready for when I am back in work

Scw787
Scw787Graduate

First thing... when I wake. It sets me up for the day .... have a cuppa then run... then eat breakfast!! I can never eat before exercise....

x

Jnubster
JnubsterGraduate in reply to Scw787

No me neither! I don’t usually drink or eat till I return. I take a water bottle with me and go with that!

IchBinDicky
IchBinDickyGraduate

Always 5am before work.

Jnubster
JnubsterGraduate in reply to IchBinDicky

Wow 🤩 that’s fantastic!! My sleep is rubbish so I’m not sure how I feel about 5am - but stranger things have happened 🤣

Gymbunny55
Gymbunny55Graduate

Morning for me. Round about 7am 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

Cup of tea then trainers on and away I go 😊😊

Jnubster
JnubsterGraduate in reply to Gymbunny55

Fab, thanks!

Evenings for me, my son gets up early so mornings and daytime aren't an easy option. Not sure what I'll do when the evenings get darker as I like running off road and my normal routes aren't lit. Probably a mix of running on lit streets in the week and a longer off-road daytime run at the weekend, but not sure how that will work.

Jnubster
JnubsterGraduate in reply to Blackberrypie

Thanks 😊 I run on an old road, still well used but I know it’s not really well lit at night. I’m looking at other routes near home!

I’ve tried mornings but my body doesn’t seem properly awake so now am comfortable going between 6 and 8pm. I’m better if I have a drink and small snack about half an hour before.

Jnubster
JnubsterGraduate in reply to Meowriel

Good advice 😊

tara-j
tara-jGraduate

Early runs for me.

Jnubster
JnubsterGraduate in reply to tara-j

Thanks 😊

jwillmac
jwillmacGraduate

The latest I've gone out is 0745, tea and half a banana, stretches , i can't move otherwise them oot the door ! I am a morning person, always have been and also there are fewer people about to see me ! I'm not sure i will ever feel confident about being seen running tbh. Perhaps when I'm a bit quicker!

Jnubster
JnubsterGraduate in reply to jwillmac

Totally get this! I’m thinking I’m invisible when I running 🏃🏽‍♀️ more the hope no one sees me!!

LeeU
LeeUGraduate

I used to run at 9pm, without fail but I found it left me too hyped up and wanted to go again.

I run in the mornings, in fact in the last 2 years I've probably run once in the afternoon and that was around 5-6pm.

Morning runs, or bike rides, leave me set for the day, wide awake and ready to go.

Jnubster
JnubsterGraduate in reply to LeeU

Fab, thanks

I’m a weird 11am person. Enough time to let my breakfast digest and my energy levels seem highest. There is no one else out running at that time! Having said that when it’s sunny it’s brutal.

Jnubster
JnubsterGraduate in reply to Dorank

Yes the sun is lovely but when it’s warm it’s a bit of a killer!!

I actually set an alarm for 6am out the door by quarter past, like you say less people around to see me.

Jnubster
JnubsterGraduate in reply to xpb55x

Yes that’s my thought! However we should feel really proud of ourselves for doing it in the first place

Jonancy
Jonancy in reply to xpb55x

And less traffic! Loved the lockdown emptiness but things are changing rapidly - crossing busy roads make me so sad!

Jnubster
JnubsterGraduate in reply to Jonancy

Yes the traffic here has got worse as lockdown eases! I try keeping crossing roads to a minimum as it’s so busy!!

Between 7 and 8am for me. I started off feeling self conscious but I just enjoy the run now, and I see lots of the same runners, dog walkers and cyclists out at that time and we wave to each other.

Jnubster
JnubsterGraduate in reply to Kashara

I have this last week been waving to my friend as she’s either heading to/from work. Initially when she told me she’d seen me running I was a little embarrassed but she said ‘you looked great’. This gave me a little inner boost

Shuffledaway
ShuffledawayGraduate

I seem to feel more energetic late afternoon so I usually prefer to run after work as I’ve been sitting down all day and feel mentally tired. Find I do better then than in the morning- I think it takes me hours to actually wake up!😂

Jnubster
JnubsterGraduate in reply to Shuffledaway

Fair enough! I go early but sometimes think my legs aren’t fully awake neither am I!

Chicken1966
Chicken1966Graduate

Mornings for me but... this week I have a lot of travelling to do leaving the house around 6:30 so am considering a week of evenings and see how I go

Jnubster
JnubsterGraduate in reply to Chicken1966

Ok, I’d be interested to see how it compares for you. Will you let me know please? Best of luck!

Chicken1966
Chicken1966Graduate in reply to Jnubster

I will do my best. It will probably be my Wednesday long run day as I can get away with Monday as working from home

Jnubster
JnubsterGraduate in reply to Chicken1966

Fab, well don’t worry too much, no pressure x

Rtherk83
Rtherk83Graduate

I go out around 7am...if I left it until after work, I know that I would find a million and one excuses not to go and would find it hard to fit in around family stuff (dinner, bath time, sorry time) as have 2 young kids. So this suits me perfectly. Although I have only been doing this since lockdown, so I'm a little worried how my motivation will be when the mornings are dark and wet!

Jnubster
JnubsterGraduate in reply to Rtherk83

Yes that’s what I’m beginning to think! I’ll be back at work in September (work in education). I have a teenage daughter & I feel I may look for a million excuses too!

Rtherk83
Rtherk83Graduate in reply to Jnubster

I'm back in the office a couple of days a week now so am going running on the days I'm still working from home currently which works nicely... I note a few people say evening runs are better for speed which may explain why I'm so slow! But I know myself and really wouldn't go after a full working day - after I put the kids to bed, all I want to do is collapse on the sofa! Plus, like others, I quite enjoy the smug feeling of having it out of the way before breakfast. :-)

Tried early morning before 0500 and I was wiped out for the day. I tend to run more in the early evening although in saying that I will be heading out soon at around 0900. For me though, evening is best.

Jnubster
JnubsterGraduate in reply to TEOTWAWKI1066

Thanks for the info

That was me, I started in the evening but didn’t feel it at all, then I tried 6am when there’s no one about and it’s perfect, My energy levels seem much better and I find running easier. That time of day when you get the sunrise, coolness in the air, dew on the grass, seeing your breath, has a feeling of possibility. The whole day is ahead and you are starting it with a really positive thing!🏃‍♂️🏃‍♂️🏃‍♂️🌞

Jnubster
JnubsterGraduate in reply to Tomartom

This is the feeling I like too! Knowing it done & I feel kinda refreshed & a little empowered

TotalNewbie1
TotalNewbie1Graduate

Only had this discussion with a runner yesterday. I try to run at 7:15 in the morning, they run early evening. They have done both and say they run faster in the evening which is why they swapped.

My thoughts - whatever suits you.

Jnubster
JnubsterGraduate in reply to TotalNewbie1

Great! Yes I agree think it’s about finding times that work for you

TeeJay66
TeeJay66Graduate

I like to set out at 06:15, it is still cool and there is very little traffic. I can then get back, have a shower and set off to work. Perfect.

Jnubster
JnubsterGraduate in reply to TeeJay66

Great!

palestrina
palestrinaGraduate

Morning, so I don't have to have two showers a day!

Jnubster
JnubsterGraduate in reply to palestrina

Good thinking 👍🏻

sigasiga
sigasigaGraduate

Morning, as soon as I get up, so 7.30 ish. I'm retired, so don't have to worry about getting to work. Then when I get back, it's shower, breakfast and on with the day - can't be bothered with 2 showers in a day!

Jnubster
JnubsterGraduate in reply to sigasiga

Thank you 😊

I'm lucky because I'm at home all day, but when I started C25K I ran at 10am. I've now switched to either 8 or 9 am because otherwise I find I do nothing until I go for a run, so this gets me up and doing earlier. I run around a park which backs onto a school, so when they go return properly, I'll run at 9 as otherwise I crash into children, buggies, dogs, lunch boxes, etc etc.

Jnubster
JnubsterGraduate in reply to Crolla

Oh yes the school run!! Oh I haven’t missed it 🤣

HappyNoodle
HappyNoodleGraduate

I’m faster in the morning and thought I’d only run in the mornings but actually really like a late evening run too.

Jnubster
JnubsterGraduate in reply to HappyNoodle

Have you noticed any time / distance difference?

HappyNoodle
HappyNoodleGraduate in reply to Jnubster

I was 8 mins faster in the morning than the two evening runs on a 5k but I also chose a flatter route 🤷🏻‍♂️

Jnubster
JnubsterGraduate in reply to HappyNoodle

Great, thanks for the info. I’m interested in other people’s opinions so thanks!

PlymBorn
PlymBornGraduate

I’m an early morning runner. Tend to be out at 5.15am ... originally is was to ensure no contact with people at height of the pandemic, but have continued at this time as it seems to set me up energised and fresh for the day. Did one evening run and found a lot more people around and hotter.

Jnubster
JnubsterGraduate in reply to PlymBorn

Wow! That’s early but fab!

Scoochie
ScoochieGraduate

I like to run in the evening around the same time as you did.

But, i do occasionally go at other times just so i can get used to different environments. Early on in the programme i did a run in the day, first one, and was completely defeated by it.

Now i can go at any time, unless it is too hot :)

Jnubster
JnubsterGraduate in reply to Scoochie

Thank you 😊

Cannyjog
CannyjogGraduate

I have been a 5:30 am person so far, this way I don’t get seen by more than the odd dog walker. I think I am a bit lacking in confidence to go out when it’s busy. It does set you up nicely for the day though 😊

Jnubster
JnubsterGraduate in reply to Cannyjog

Yes I know what you mean, hence me thinking I’m invisible 🤣

Bumblebeesweet
BumblebeesweetGraduate in reply to Cannyjog

I feel exactly the same. Although my early is 8am and the number of times I’ve not gone out because I can see people around has set me back loads.

Basil_Cosmo
Basil_CosmoGraduate in reply to Bumblebeesweet

You mustn't worry about what other people think. Be proud that you are up and ready to do it. The only reason I go in the morning is that the lanes are quieter and I like to get it done, then I'm ready for the day. X

Jnubster
JnubsterGraduate in reply to Basil_Cosmo

You’re right Basil_Cosmo we should be proud!! There’s a lot of people who are complaining about putting weight on during lockdown- my advice get off the couch!!

TEOTWAWKI1066
TEOTWAWKI1066Graduate in reply to Bumblebeesweet

I used to watch other people and think why are they bothering. Now I look at people and think good on you, well done and awesome. I have nothing but admiration for those who start exercising no matter what.

Jnubster
JnubsterGraduate in reply to TEOTWAWKI1066

Me too! I used to say stuff like ‘it’s Sunday, day of rest!’ Yet now I find myself out running too 🤣

Jnubster
JnubsterGraduate in reply to Bumblebeesweet

I think we should be proud and not give ‘two hoots’ as my would say! It is hard though sometimes x

I am a very early morning runner I can’t do any othr time of day I think people are judging me gasping and sweating along my

Way and hate that! X

Jnubster
JnubsterGraduate in reply to slowpoke42

Yes that’s how I feel!

Bumblebeesweet
BumblebeesweetGraduate in reply to slowpoke42

That’s how I feel too. But my friend has said... you are running for you not for them so who cares...

Jnubster
JnubsterGraduate in reply to Bumblebeesweet

Yes 💪🏼🏃🏽‍♀️

Rick-shaw
Rick-shawGraduate

Totally evening for me.

I have no energy at all in the morning and running really takes it out of me, so I couldn't face a day at the office after a run.

A run when the sun is going down, before a rest and a late dinner, and most of all a night to recover, are ideal for me.

Jnubster
JnubsterGraduate in reply to Rick-shaw

Sounds perfect!

It seems like I might be a bit weird, cause I dont have a fixed time but I tend to go around noon. Yesterday I run for the first time before breakfast (W6R3) and it might have been a coincidence, but I found it particularly tough. Not sure it works for me on an empty stomach.

By noon normally I have long digested my hearty breakfast and it feels good to run before cooking lunch. For my Spanish standards, London weather is a delight in Summer and I have so long never found it unpleasantly warm, although I dont always run at noon and I might have avoided that time in the hottest days.

I guess the end of the working from home might force me to change this habit, however.

Jnubster
JnubsterGraduate

Nothing weird about it, like lots of people you have to find the times suitable for you!

Definitely prefer the morning. I tried it early evening once and it was my worst run. This might have to change once I am not working from home!

Jnubster
JnubsterGraduate in reply to squirrem1

Yes same here!

Hi Jnubuster I see you you invisible runner. I am exactly the same. Prefer to run when fewer people are about.

I prefer early morning runs but l need a good hour to great my body ready for a run by that time it’s not early any more. But morning runs do set me up for the day. At 47 I’m not so springing out of bed any more. I think I need to hey over the fact people will see me run and I should be bothered what they think or how I see myself.

Jnubster
JnubsterGraduate in reply to Bumblebeesweet

Hee hee 😜 invisible is fast becoming my middle name 🤣

I’m 48 & certainly don’t spring out of bed either!! Yes you’re right, I’m slowly getting better at not thinking too much about other people too!

Basil_Cosmo
Basil_CosmoGraduate

I love going out in the morning. It works really well for me, I can go before anyone is up and the lanes are quiet. Come home, shower, walk the dog and have breakfast. 😊

Jnubster
JnubsterGraduate in reply to Basil_Cosmo

Great plan!

I go early, like you I want to avoid other people and only go when it is cooler.

The evening is the other option, but people are still in the park until late at the moment. At 7am, the only other people out are dog walkers and other runners, slow and fast!

Not sure what to do when the weather is not so good though!

Jnubster
JnubsterGraduate in reply to Cambwalker

Yes exactly like here! So peaceful, same dog walkers etc

I am not an early morning person at all nor evening for that matter. I am retired so lucky I can pick times. I have more energy from about 11am on so I am usually out between11am and 2pm and not too worried who sees me doing my very slow running! I have just finished W3 and just hope to keep going. At least we are trying and off the couch. Good luck and keep running.

Jnubster
JnubsterGraduate in reply to Shawny60

Thank you 😊 same to you & well done! Have you noticed how the weeks are flying by too!!

JackRun
JackRunGraduate

First thing, around 6.15, have done a couple of later ones but feel like I’ve achieved something before the days started. Plus can’t put it off that way 🙈

Jnubster
JnubsterGraduate in reply to JackRun

Good point well made!

BettyB1565
BettyB1565Graduate

Early morning - I don’t think I would have the energy by evening and running early morning sets me up to face the rest of the day .

Jnubster
JnubsterGraduate in reply to BettyB1565

👍🏻 same here

Sammiseal
SammisealGraduate

I prefer very early morning too! No one to see me plus it sets me up for the day! 😀

Jnubster
JnubsterGraduate in reply to Sammiseal

Great, thanks for sharing your thoughts

mamzelle
mamzelleGraduate

If it is hot 6.30 or 7 am otherwise evening time quite late like 9pm? Then shower and bed !!!

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