This morning I had to get up and run a few easy miles. But the three times my alarm went off, I couldn’t get out of bed. I mean I physically could, I just didn’t. This has happened quite often throughout this training cycle. Of course the miles still have to be ran, so I went to plan B, the evening run. This is all new to me. I never used to run in the evening for a few reasons.
Firstly, I hate having the burden of mileage sitting in my head all day long. Also, I am tired. I work hard all day and I do not tend to be overflowing with energy when the sun is going down. Thirdly and probably most important, stomach issues get in the way. The best thing about a morning run is a quiet stomach. I do not eat anything beforehand so there is nothing bouncing around in my very sensitive tummy. It is much tougher to plan for an evening run and eat the right food at the right time to avoid any issues. Somehow though I have been lucky. While I wouldn’t like speedwork in the evening, I have been able to do easy runs of 4-6 miles.
So, while I will convince myself to get out of bed, today’s High Five is about the benefits of evening running.
- It can sometimes easier to find a run partner. Some of my favorite runners would NEVER get up at 5 a.m. to join me, but don’t mind 5 p.m.
- You can reflect on your day. Think about next steps in a plan or just find peace in a “moving meditation.”
- If you run in the evening, it is usually lighter than the early morning… depending on the season.
- Less pressure (meaning that you have less to do after the run.) - Shared by my good friend.
- You can sleep later!!
Yup. #5 says it all. Sadly, I’ll always be a morning person at heart. Just need to get back in gear. According to a study mentioned in Runner’s World, athletes are less efficient in the evening. Hmmm…
Remember, no matter when you run, it’s important to get enough sleep. I know that’s the hardest part, but if you can skip one television show or put down that book, it’s in your best interest.
So when DO YOU run? Why?
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