Morning or evening

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04/10/2002 at 13:39
Is it just me or does anybody else find it a little easier to run in the evenings rather than the mornings (anything up to lunch time actually).

Any ideas as to why this may be?

I have always assumed that I ran better after being fuelled with calories all day.
04/10/2002 at 14:49
There are several articles in recent editions of RW about this.I also find the evening much easier. I think the article mentions that the body needs time to warm up and become fully awake and that if you do go running in the morning do so after 2 hours of waking up and having eaton something. For those of us who work that would mean waking up at 4AM ....something I for one am nort that keen to try...I think I will stick to the evening !
04/10/2002 at 14:50
Loads of tefal heads reckoon that running between 3 and 7 pm is the optimum for humans, something to do with muscles, ligaments and tendons are slightly stretchier (!) and that you're circadian cycle is best suited to this time for exercise, I hasten to add that this probably does'nt apply to everyone there are some folks who can perform better in the morning (running that is).
04/10/2002 at 15:02
I can't cope with mornings, the whole 'left/right' thing just seems very comlicated. And I consider myself a morning person, mentally. I'm certainly less flexible for the first few hours after waking. Lots of books say you should try and run in the morning and get the old metabolic rate up to get the benefit for the rest of the day, but I just end up with a dehydration headache and a slightly smug feeling.
WildWill    pirate
04/10/2002 at 15:05
I'm not to fussed

Mornings a quite often swim with early weekend runs or bikes

Lunch times Gym, Swim Or Bike

Evenings Run or Bike
04/10/2002 at 15:12
I prefer evenings, too, but it's a bit of a bummer running in the dark in the winter time. Where I used to work, I was able to go running at lunch-time (we even had a shower in the building). That was a great!
04/10/2002 at 15:13
I can only do mornings. Think it's because I have IBS (theory coming up V-rap!) and once I've consumed any food whatsoever I feel unspeakably tired. So, 6am, empty stomach.
04/10/2002 at 17:11
I'm a morning shambler except for Wednesday because I've now found a partner (via this wonderful web site) - we're due to meet for our first outing next week. Can't go out at lunch time as I work just off Tottenham Court Road and the running round here is very fumy, also we have no shower at the office and I'm a bit of a Sweaty Betty, I'm afraid. Working in London and living in Woking means that I have no choice but to run in the dark at either end of the day in the winter - apart from Sundays of course!

So, do what feels right for you and ENJOY!

Happy Shambler!
04/10/2002 at 17:57
I love running in the mornings and during the summer even ran 13 miles on an empty stomach and a bit of a hangover and felt great (or no worse than if I ran later in the day)

Now mornings are taken up with getting the little darlings to school so I have to fit a run in early evening. Which isn't so bad but the temptation to lose the tight window so it has to be done tomorrow is often difficult to resist. In the morning I'm up, in my kit and out the door before I can think of a good reason not to !
04/10/2002 at 18:23
yeah, youve got it over and done with in the morning, and feel good all day, and get less abuse as nonone else is awake
But the trots semm to be much worse, and I have to get up before 6 to fit everything in
04/10/2002 at 18:25
Me too, Benz, on all comments!

Shambling In The Dark!
04/10/2002 at 18:37
Feels weird doesnt it
Cant wait for the clocks to go back, cant believe it
04/10/2002 at 21:19
4 am?!!!!
Only when Im desperate
04/10/2002 at 22:00
I love to run in the morning its the best time, the air is fresh, birds are twitering, people still in bed, streets to myself, great.
The odd time I have to run in the afternoon/evening I just cant get into it, it seems strange, dont get me wrong I will run anywhere anytime but I still prefer early mornings, especially when there is a nice frost, hello Doctor ! ! ! ! ! !
04/10/2002 at 22:14
Youll like brass monkeys then
04/10/2002 at 22:20
Yup I see plenty of the little blighters
04/10/2002 at 22:21
And black crows
04/10/2002 at 22:30
And pheasents which fly up in your face as run past and scare the life out of you,
oh and little bunny wunnies, arghhhhhhh...oh and the smell of pig/horse/cow poo,
as you can tell I run a lot in the countryside.......
05/10/2002 at 03:38
If I have the choice I like to run about mid-day time. Failing that, the morning is best, so long as I remember to get some liquid down me beforehand to stave off the worst effects of dehydration.
05/10/2002 at 12:13
I love early morning runs, any later and I find too many excuses!! Feels safer somehow, even off road when it's lighter.
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