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What's your favourite time to run and in what conditions ?

Instructor57 profile image

Picture taken on my morning run

So what are your favourite running conditions and times ?

When I started C25K it was during our first lockdown and most of my running was around 10:30 or 11:30 am

This was great as I didn't have to work , I could get up around 08:00 to 08:30, have a light breakfast and go out a couple of hours later !

We did however have some really warm days during that time and I often came back from my C25k run rather hot and sweaty !

But I thoroughly enjoyed it .

Later in the program and later in the year I was persuaded by my vrb Jools2020 to try an early run !

I did this and really enjoyed it once I'd got out of the door !

I found the getting out of bed and getting out of the door the hardest part !

But it was worth it , the runs were joyful.

So I now had early runs and mid morning runs in my toolbox 🙂

Then we come to the weather !

Again, talked into it by Jools 🤣 I went out about 10:30 one day while it was raining .

Did I like getting wet ? No !

However , once I WAS wet I actually enjoyed the run 😁

So we now have wet or dry , early or mid morning ! But I had never at this stage run in the afternoon or evening .

I have since done a mid afternoon just the once !

I had intended to run early but had a fight with the Duvet Gremlins ! And then after breakfast the weather wasen't looking too good but after lunch it cleared up and I was feeling guilty for not running , so, I gave time for lunch to settle and then went out around 3:30.

It was another enjoyable run !

Since all the lockdowns ended and I'm working again (part time 😁)

I notice im always going for morning runs !

I am also very particular regarding the weather !

For me the ideal is a dry morning sunrise run with a temp of around 13 or 14 degrees as I did today .


This is comfortable for me in thin shorts and a thin running vest (I know, fussy!) 😁

Having said that I also enjoyed my winter runs wearing a long sleeved top a thin running jacket and tights and gloves , YES , Tights 🤣

They are so comfortable to run in when the temp is around freezing 😁

So there we are ! Men in tights 🤣

But still no evening runs !

The important thing is whenever we run and in whatever weather , ENJOY IT ... After all , that's what it's all about isn't it 😁

Happy running folks ! 👍

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Jools2020 profile image

I remember when you bought your first pair of running tights 😀

Well, you know I like running early. Very early in the summer. But I love running when it’s one of those cold, windless winter mornings, say 0 - 2 degrees; wearing running tights, gloves and lightweight jacket, oh yes! Im looking forward to those crisp morning runs. I probably won’t run if it’s raining, but don’t mind drizzle or being caught out in the rain if I’m already out there, for some reason that always makes me laugh, especially getting caught in a downpour!

Like Instructor57 I’ve never run in the evening. I don’t think I’ve ever run in the afternoon either, although some of my longer runs might well have finished in the afternoon as I take so long to complete them 😀

Instructor57 profile image
Instructor57Moderator in reply to Jools2020

Yes, can't wait to get them tights on again 🤣🤣🤣And yes the cold crisp mornings are so nice .

And like you , getting caught in the rain is one thing , but I'd prefer not to go if it's already raining 😁

Ian5K profile image
Ian5KGraduate in reply to Instructor57

The question is, are you still running with baggy shorts over the tights?!

Like the last superhero outfit left in the sales! 😁

Instructor57 profile image
Instructor57Moderator in reply to Ian5K

Haha no, if I'm wearing the tights I don't wear shorts 😁

nowster profile image
nowsterGraduate in reply to Ian5K

I sometimes do that, especially if without them the lumps in the tights might be considered indecent.

markbrom profile image
markbromGraduate in reply to nowster

Boasting 🤣🤣

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Ian5KGraduate in reply to nowster

I’d finished a run last Winter, in my tights and hoodie, and I usually like to stop the Strava recording before I get to my house in the interest of extra security. So I was walking that last part and looking at my phone when two young women came around a corner.

They looked as if they’d been to an all-night rave. As young fashionable women sometimes do, they were dressed in coloured sparkly tights and each had one of those short, bum hugging skirts which just about finish below their cheeky bits. Despite the cold, they each had a low cut, cleavage revealing loose top, but no coats.

I couldn’t clearly hear what the first one said in sotto voce but I think it was,

“Ooh, what does ‘e look like?”

To which I heard her friend clearly say,

“He’s probably thinking the same about us.”

Instructor57 profile image
Instructor57Moderator in reply to Ian5K


nowster profile image

I have run at most times of the day except for the really early morning or very late at night.

Running in the dark in the evening is an experience in itself. You often see things reflected in the torch that you wouldn't normally.

Crisp winter runs are very enjoyable. As the days get shorter I tend to move towards running at lunchtimes.

I won't start wearing tights (♫ We're men. We're men in tights. ♫) until it's close to freezing. I have long socks for when it's slightly warmer.

Hot summer runs are difficult at first, but after about three weeks you can get acclimatised.

And my opinions of rain are the same as Jools2020 and Instructor57. I'll not go out if it's raining already, but don't mind if I get rained on whilst out.

Instructor57 profile image
Instructor57Moderator in reply to nowster

I've not yet been out at times requiring a torch yet !Perhaps as well as I don't have one 🤣

But early enough to require some high viz clothing .

Your right about hot summer runs ! A lot of my C25k was in the heat, and yes, you do acclimatise 🙂

AlMorr profile image

My favourite running conditions are when the weather is dry, a temperature from +7 to +18C, the coldest temperature I have ran in is - 6C at a parkrun, brrr, the warmest at the same parkrun 3 months earlier was +19C, my times were almost the same:30:56/30:55, I run the vast majority of my runs before 10am.

Instructor57 profile image
Instructor57Moderator in reply to AlMorr

+7 to 18 sounds good to me Al 😁👍-6 is pushing it bit for me haha.

I had a few in the 20+ during C25k, and I guess I got used to them but prefer it cooler 😁

Ian5K profile image

I’m big on breakfast so my ideal time is a few hours after, practically just before lunch. Only very hot weather makes me run before breakfast. Having once suffered heatstroke - seriously unpleasant - I’ve become very cautious about it.

I don’t start a run if it’s actually tipping it down but you’re right, it’s not so bad when it comes on during an enjoyable run. The worst precipitation experience I had last winter was a hail shower driven by a gale force cross wind. Like being sandblasted. 😁

Instructor57 profile image
Instructor57Moderator in reply to Ian5K

Yes, I could certainly eat a big breakfast 😁 but I have to try and resist and just have porridge !Oooh hailstone in a cross wind sounds nasty , you would need to turn around and run the other way so both sides are blasted equally 🤣

Maz1103 profile image

Early morning when it's crisp and chilly !

Instructor57 profile image
Instructor57Moderator in reply to Maz1103

Yes !Lovely , I'm sure there on the way .

Got my tights at the ready 🤣

Maz1103 profile image
Maz1103Graduate in reply to Instructor57

I'm much better running in the cold...not so good with the sun on me !

Instructor57 profile image
Instructor57Moderator in reply to Maz1103

Yes, I'm not a fan of running in full sunlight, I can be red enough without the sun helping 🥵

Alan99 profile image

I'm very much an early morning runner. I like the smell and feel of the cool fresh morning air.

I find anything after lunch particularly draining and by evening time I'm just simply too tired.

Completing my morning run before work always sets me up for a nice day with an achievement already in the bag. Oh yes.

Instructor57 profile image
Instructor57Moderator in reply to Alan99

Absolutely , I loved my run this morning 😁 👍

Alan99 profile image
Alan99Graduate in reply to Instructor57

Bizarrely, I have been running 3x per week since starting C25k back in April and I have yet to get up on run day to find it raining.

Yes, I live in the UK and the Midlands isn't really known for its arid climate 🤣

I keep expecting it to happen but it just hasn't. In fact, I'm not quite sure what my response will be.........

Instructor57 profile image
Instructor57Moderator in reply to Alan99

I'm also in the Midlands (Shropshire) Yes haha I wasen't sure how to react the first time .

It was mainly the wet feet I didn't like 😐

Alan99 profile image

Hmm! Food for thought there actually. Sometimes I run over a grassy shortcut with quite long grass which gets my feet wet in the early morning dew. I really don't like running with wet socks and feet.

In fact, that has made my mind up to re-schedule should the Shropshire rains cross into the next county 😃

Instructor57 profile image
Instructor57Moderator in reply to Alan99


As I'm still a beginner, I'm changing my mind about my favourite time to run. I started out running at 6am that went to 5am on my working days. Then as it got darker I chose to run around 7.30pm. Now it's getting dark around that time so I go on the treadmill when I get in about 4.30pm. I'm a fair weather runner, I don't like the rain, it makes my hair curly! I'm looking forward to cooler runs though!

Instructor57 profile image
Instructor57Moderator in reply to Never_too_old

I certainly changed my mind during C25k, I never thought I'd get up early to run 😁 If you also have a treadmill then you can cover all options 😁

No excuses for me 🤭

Instructor57 profile image
Instructor57Moderator in reply to Never_too_old

Haha, I guess not 😁

I started with morning runs during lockdown, then adapted to running evenings when I started back at work, then changed to lunchtimes and currently run morning and evening Monday to Friday due to a car issue. But I don’t have a preference now, I enjoy pitch black dark, daylight, whatever. The same is true of weather, if it’s hot, cold, raining, snowing, I’ll be out in it. Although I do have a preference with weather, give me loads of rain and massive puddles and I’ll run with a big stupid grin on my face the whole time.

For clothing, I wear shorts and a T-shirt year round.

Instructor57 profile image
Instructor57Moderator in reply to Lookslikejames

Hardcore 🤣

Lookslikejames profile image
LookslikejamesGraduate in reply to Instructor57

Stupid is probably more accurate 😂

Instructor57 profile image
Instructor57Moderator in reply to Lookslikejames

Well as long as you enjoy it and don't overdue it !

Hope you car issue is sorted soon though , you must need a break

Lookslikejames profile image
LookslikejamesGraduate in reply to Instructor57

Yeah I’m pretty shattered! Three weeks of running 10k every weekday! But it ends on Monday when my new car arrives 🎉🎉🎉

Poppdog profile image

Thanks for this I started mid afternoon but I was on annual leave, then with working at home tried to fit it in. Read the post about morning runs so know I get up about 6-6:30 get ready and head out. Still combine it with dog walks but go for a slow walk first about 10 minutes then start the session. I use the fields so I know when it gets darker in the morning I will have to find a road route, but oh there are hills, hopefully my stamina will have built up enough to cope with them. Great winter tips I just want to keep going so don’t want to put off by the weather. As the saying goes there’s no such thing as bad weather only bad choices in clothes 👙

Birdlady64 profile image
Birdlady64Graduate in reply to Poppdog

I have never run in a bikini 👙 In fact, I haven't even worn a bikini since I was in my early 20s

Instructor57 profile image

I love the morning runs (once I'm out of bed ) Even in the cold , once you start to run its surprising how you soon warm up !

Most of my running is on road and I'm not a big fan of hills 😁

I don't have a huge running kit but basically a thin and a heavier pair of shorts , a pair of running tights , a few running vests a few t shirts and long sleeve running tops , one with a hood , one very light hi Viz jacket and one apparently waterproof jacket (not yet tested ) , a pair of gloves and a snood 😁

Oh, and 1 pair of road shoes and 1 pair of trail shoes

UnfitNoMore profile image

Mid afternoon and wet for me… which is handy where I live 🤣

I also like a run that starts at sunset and goes into complete darkness, there’s something special about the dying of the light. I would probably like sunrise too, but I am never up and available to run early enough,

Instructor57 profile image
Instructor57Moderator in reply to UnfitNoMore

Would mid afternoon and wet be through choice ? 😁Hmm .. running at dusk into total darkness sounds interesting 😬

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UnfitNoMoreGraduate in reply to Instructor57

Yes, when I started running it was ridiculously hot day after day, even running at 10pm, so I sought out the rain showers and took advantage of them. The only time I avoid the rain is winter now.

Instructor57 profile image
Instructor57Moderator in reply to UnfitNoMore

Fair enough ! 😁It's certainly cooling and I must admit I don't mind if I get caught out !

But will still avoid going out in it in the first place 🤣

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LookslikejamesGraduate in reply to UnfitNoMore

Night runs are awesome! My local woods is full of deer and they clearly don’t expect a human to be running around. This thread has made me excited for the onset of winter 💪🏼

Birdlady64 profile image
Birdlady64Graduate in reply to Lookslikejames

Ooh running in the woods at night sounds really fun but really braveDo you go alone ?

I saw a lovely muntjac on my lunch walk yesterday

Instructor57 profile image
Instructor57Moderator in reply to Birdlady64

Good time for a 'Zombie Run' ? 👻

Lookslikejames profile image
LookslikejamesGraduate in reply to Instructor57

Yeah that could be good, I’ve yet to try a zombie run!

Lookslikejames profile image
LookslikejamesGraduate in reply to Birdlady64

Yeah I always run alone. Once a deer crashed through the bushes in front of me, I must admit that startled me a little bit! Other than that, I really enjoy it, it’s nice and peaceful.

Birdlady64 profile image

I did all of c25k during lockdown one last year early evening after working at home all day. It was a great way to destress.After graduating, and inspired by some of my lovely vrbs on here, and beautiful warm summer weather, I started running before work first thing in the morning doing the Magic 10 plan. I absolutely loved it and running early set me up perfectly for the day. I seem to have become a bit too lazy lately to manage this but I do miss it

Weekends are definitely time for a lie in and I can run anytime from mid morning to early evening depending on what else I have on. Mainly centred around when and what I eat.

I've never run after about 7pm and I don't really like running in the dark. I much prefer offroad, which maybe unsurprisingly, Mr B won't let me do in the dark.

Weather doesn't really worry me, unless it's above mid 20s. The woods where I love running best are always a few degrees cooler.

Rain is OK. Light drizzle is refreshing, unless accompanied by high humidity. I hate wind. A lovely bright sunny cold wintertime run is perfect, unless it's icy underfoot. But we don't seem to have many days like that - only grey, cloudy dank and depressing. Running on days like this really lifts my spirits.

I just like to run. And 18 months ago I would never have recognised myself as someone who would say that.

I haven't run for almost 2 weeks now due to an issue with my back and as soon as I feel able I'll be back out there whatever time of day, whatever the weather.

Happy running all 🏃‍♀️ 🏃‍♂️

Instructor57 profile image
Instructor57Moderator in reply to Birdlady64

That's great !We both started during lockdown 1 it was nearly end of May for me . Same day as Jools !

It was great for my running as I couldn't work so could run anytime I wanted but like you say , eating times were an influence!

It was warm though , and like you ! I enjoyed it 😁

I really must do some off road though !

I think I'm in need of some good trails .

It's funny with the weather , I hate getting wet feet when I'm running 🤣

Biggest problem at the moment is similar to you , keeping the niggles at bay !

Frizzbomb67 profile image

I am not a morning person. Never have been. It takes all my effort and energy to get out of bed in the morning and get to work 😴🥱I come to life about mid morning 😂 but am at work by then so have to wait until later to run. I tend to run about 5pm but it can be as late as 6.30 pm depending on work and life ‘stuff’. I enjoy running at the end of the day,even though I’m usually shattered, as it blows the day away and helps me leave the stress behind. I always feel much better by the end 😊.

As for the weather, I like it cool but you can’t beat a bit of winter sunshine to warm the bones and lift the spirits. I would start out in the drizzle but not when it’s pouring down, but I quite enjoy getting rained on while I’m out. I got soaked to the skin twice in one run last week and loved it 😂. Once you’re wet and bedraggled what have you got to lose?

When winter arrived last year I used the treadmill, more because of the dark nights than the cold. I’m running with a buddy this year though so we’ll brave the dark nights together.

Instructor57 profile image
Instructor57Moderator in reply to Frizzbomb67

I have yet to run in the evening !Perhaps I should , it would maybe help me destress after work !

It's hard for me to get up in the morning but I have to say , I love the runs at that time 😁

Not a fan of rain but as you say , once soaked there's nothing to loose 😁

Having a treadmill gives you the best of both worlds !

But to now have a running buddy will be good when it gets dark .

Happy running ! 😁

Definitely the early run for me. Up at 0630 and out by 0645. Week completed this morning

Instructor57 profile image
Instructor57Moderator in reply to Woody_53

Yes my favourite time also !But it takes me a bit more time faffing about than 15 minutes 🤣

I would too if I didn't get my kit ready the night before so I only have to clean the fangs and splash my face

colinla profile image

Always early morning runs for me. Usually anything between 0700 and 1030. Prefer colder weather and also love running in the rain 🌧...Great feeling 😀

Instructor57 profile image
Instructor57Moderator in reply to colinla

Yes, love early morning ! 👍Pferfer to stay dry though !

Hate soggy running shoes and socks 🤣

PandaCory profile image

When I was doing C25K and consolidating (started in January, so you can imagine), I would go out in ANYTHING (even, on one memorable occasion ice, but never again). I'm a bit more picky now, and prefer cool & still - like you, I don't mind the rain. I work full-time and have a longish commute, so my mornings are early enough, but once I retire (oh happy day), I hope to be getting out in the mornings a lot more. I try to get in a couple of evening runs of about 5k, then a slightly longer one at the weekend, ideally Saturday morning. I don't seem to get a lot of time for running at the moment & there's so much going on that I feel as if my evenings aren't my own, but I have a nice new job which is a bit less full-on than my last one, so I have managed to fit in a few lunchtime ones, which is lovely. The only thing is I work in a University, so I'm surrounded by fit young things bounding past me (gits 😫😁) but do I care? Nope - just glad to be out there!

Instructor57 profile image
Instructor57Moderator in reply to PandaCory

Yes, I certainly have become a bit more picky !During the program I was just amazed that it was working, I couldn't wait for my next run and move on in the program!

I only had 1 run with a lot of ice around and yes, not in a rush to repeat it !

Sometimes I wish I had the get up and go to run after work as it's mentally exhausting (I'm a driving instructor) perhaps it might help me relax .

Haha love your comment about the fit young things (gits) 🤣

As you say, just good to be out there !

Happy running 😁👍

Like you I started at 10:30 ish, then switched to 9am. This changed to 8am during summer 2020 because we had that heatwave. I'm still running at 8am, and trying to dodge the school run. When schools were reopening the local school, which backs onto the park I run in, had staggered opening times and from different gates, so I was meticulously planning when to avoid which gate - lol. I've recently started road running, going up hills and to the common near me, which means I avoid the primary school run (with its associated scooters and younger siblings in buggies) but now have to navigate older school kids and commuters who are glued to their phones (sigh).

I prefer running when it's warm. The cold I can cope with if I put an extra layer on, but really I much prefer running in spring/summer. I have arthritis in my wrists which plays up in the cold, but have just bought myself a pair of wrist warmers in shocking pink, so I'm sort of looking forward to the winter when I can try them out! If it's raining hard then I delay going out, maybe for the day because I'm really not keen on running in the rain, or if the ground is slippery.

Anyway, my time is fairly fixed now at 8am, and let's be honest here, it gets me back in time for a second cup of tea in front of a TV programme I like. :D

Instructor57 profile image
Instructor57Moderator in reply to Crolla

Sounds good to me !If you have a regular time that suits that's great !

But yes , spring is nice !

I like it warm but not too hot and sunny .

Winter is fine but I don't like to run in icey conditions !

Hope the wrist warmers help ! 🤞

Summersprint profile image

LolYou are bringing back so many memories. My husband has ran a few marathons and did encourage me to try C25K.

Sooo we agreed we would start whilst on holiday in Fuerte Ventura (3 yrs ago) . It was great weather was lovely and warm but soon realised it was easier to go out running around 6am as it was cool. If I went out running after 8am it was too hot & would come back disillusioned.

On arriving home felt good & night before organised running gear etc. Woke up next morning it was raining. Could feel myself beginning to talk myself out of running. However hubby reminded me I wasn’t made of sugar🤣🤣🤣

I now find if I’m in the right head space I will go out running no matter what the weather is.

The feeling of completing the run makes you feel great for the rest of the day.😊

Instructor57 profile image
Instructor57Moderator in reply to Summersprint

Your right ! It's definitely a mental thing .

I've been caught in the rain a few times and ended up totally enjoying it .

But I still won't start off in the rain 😁

Frenc profile image

Ooooh that’s a loaded question! Once I got over the shock of getting up at silly o’clock to beat the heat, early morning runs are fab, but it’s dark now, so have to add that to the equation. Mind you, I was under the duvet this morning thinking come on weather, just get colder, so I can have a lie-in occasionally at the weekend! I hate the heat, makes me go all funny. Once we get colder weather, I’ll be able to run at lunch during work rather than first thing. But my absolute favourite would be a very cold sunny morning, about 9:30, at the weekend. Got there eventually in a roundabout way! 😊😊😊

Instructor57 profile image
Instructor57Moderator in reply to Frenc

Haha a cold sunny morning at around 9:30 sounds fine ! I was out 10:30 yesterday and was too hot 🥵

Frenc profile image
FrencGraduate in reply to Instructor57

Have to say I NEVER thought I’d be moaning about perfectly pleasant days in the grand scheme of things! 🤣. Well, on run days at least, for fear of sounding like a right old curmudgeon 😁.

Instructor57 profile image
Instructor57Moderator in reply to Frenc

Haha, that's twice I heard the word curmudgeon on here in a week , and I had to look it up in an online dictionary 🤣🤣🤣

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