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Why I Love Running in the Evenings

Yesterday I FINALLY broke in my new Glycerins! I’ve had them for a couple of weeks, but I always get nervous about the first run in new shoes. I mean, they just don’t know my feet yet!

It was another cool, breezy night. I’m loving the lower humidity, but not the 25mph gusts of wind. I have actually decided I prefer heat/humidity over wind!

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Today I thought we could chat about why we love running in the mornings or evenings.

Here are my top five reasons that I love being an evening runner:

1. It’s My Transition Time. 

Running in the evening on week nights helps me to transition from Work Life to Home Life. It gives me time to decompress, de-stress and do something good for myself after sitting at a desk for eight hours.

2. It Makes Me Really Excited About Dinner. 

I am terrible at remembering to pack a snack in my lunch bag that I can eat before I go running. This means I’m usually running on a fairly empty stomach since I eat lunch around 1pm and don’t go running until 7pm.

I know this is not great at all. Many times this means I eat lunch at 1pm and eat nothing else until dinner after 8pm. I am trying to get better at this, but even on the days that I remember to pack a protein bar running in the evening still makes me excited for dinner!

3. I’m Terrible at Getting Up Super Early. 

Getting up early-ish doesn’t bother me. On the weekends I usually set my alarm for 9 or 9:30am, which I consider to be a decent time. I know those of you with kids are probably thinking 9:30am is super late, but it’s progress from just a few years ago when I would sleep until noon :).

Getting up super early (4am, 5am, 6am<–yes, 6am is super early to me) makes me feel sick! I really dislike it, and always need a nap if I get up that early.

Back in high school I used to set my alarm for 5am, get up and take a shower without turning the lights on (just a green nightlight) and then get back into bed to sleep another hour. I know this is a super weird routine but it felt like such an amazizng GIFT to be able to get back into bed since I hate getting up early, haha!

4. Adam Goes to MMA Class in the Evenings. 

A couple of nights a week Adam goes to MMA class in the evenings. That means he gets home late, which is perfect for me. I can get in a run and get home right before he gets home. That way we can still eat dinner together and hang out. It would be so boring to get home at 7pm and have to wait two hours for him to get home!

5. The Bathrooms at the Beach are OPEN. 

I’m the kind of runner who generally needs to use the bathroom within 1 mile (sorry, tmi). The bathrooms around my 1 mile marker do not open until 10am, which means if I ran in the morning I’d always be worried about GI issues. In the evening all the public restrooms are open and I can run worry free!

If you had no other commitments and could run at any time of day, what time would you go?
Have you always been a morning or evening runner or has that changed over time?

14 comments

  1. Lisa @ Mile by Mile

    I have always been a morning runner- even in college when it was really hard to get up early I still preferred getting a run in before class rather than waiting until later in the day. If I could run at any time of day I think it would be between 6am and 8am. I am really not an evening workout person at all! I find it so hard to get the energy to do anything besides cook dinner when I get home from work. My runs have to happen a little earlier than I would like because we leave for work at 7:15, but I am generally up by 5 anyway so I might as well make the most of that time!
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    1. Kristina

      Go Lisa! The early bird gets the worm!
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  2. LAURA F

    I definitely prefer the morning runs. I’ve had a lot of evening runs that turned into sprints for the bathroom after three miles, and if there are bathrooms nearby that probably means I’m in an area that’s busier than I like to run in. My tummy enjoys early mornings, so that’s what I give it! Plus, my boyfriend leaves for work two hours earlier than me (at 5:30!) so I’m not missing out.on any time with him.

    1. Kristina

      Ohh yes that makes so much sense for you to run in the morning so you don’t miss out on time together. Leaving at 5:30am … WOW! I used to leave at 6am when I was in grad school and I remember that stinking! 5:30am is intense!
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  3. Susie

    I used to be a “right after work” runner. I’m a teacher, so depending on the day this could mean I’m running by 3:30 or as late as 7pm.

    Now, I’m a more of a morning runner — which is primarily due to the fact that NC is SO HOT in summer. I trained all summer for my marathon, so to avoid the heat and humidity as much as possible I’d head out before the sun was up. Besides being cooler, I love morning runs because I can check it off my list for the day!

    I too have GI issues — but my tummy is sporadic. One food might irritate me one day but then not the next… So I never quite know if I’m going to eat something throughout the day that upsets me. By running first thing, I haven’t really put anything scary in my tummy — so I can run a bit more carefree and eat without worrying the rest of the day.

  4. Megan @ Meg Go Run

    I need transition time after work too! Usually that means fiddling on my computer or watching TV for at least an hour… alone. It takes me awhile to calm down from teaching all day!

    Now that is a WEIRD routine you had going on there in HS!!!

    If I had no commitments at all… which basically is most days in the summer for me, I would prob end up running around 10-11am. 🙂 But you know I love to get it out of the way early during the school year. I am too tired after school to run.
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  5. Megan @ Lazy Runner Girl

    I am NOT a morning person. That being said, I always prefer to run in the mornings. When I get my run done in the morning, it helps me deal with the stresses throughout the day better – and I feel like I’m “done” for the day and don’t have to worry about doing anything after work. It also wakes me up like no amount of caffeine could.
    **I work a 4-10 schedule (yay for three day weekends!), so I have to be to work by 6:30. I usually run at about 4:00. Sometimes I feel like I’m asleep through half my run. It’s like cheating!
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  6. Hanna @ minimal marathoner

    I’m also not a morning person and I have a terrible time getting up early, but I’m planning to transition back to AM running soon. While I’m much more suited to evening running – I have more energy and can hit faster paces – I just really, really hate having to run after work. Even though I work in an office and sit on my butt all day, I am so drained and mentally fatigued after a day of work that all I want to do is come home and veg.

    I’m hoping that because I’m not really training for anything for the next several months and doing mostly easy runs, it won’t matter as much that my running is slower. If I had the luxury of creating my own schedule, I’d probably run a little later in the AM – around 8-10ish, which gives my body much more time to wake up but is still early enough.
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  7. Schlub

    Come on, 4a.m. is not early. Don’t be a baby lol. I’ll message you each morning, 4a.m. my time and 7a.m. your time. Fair trade right 🙂

    Omg I always wake up early to shower and pretty much sleep in there. I agree that showering and getting back into bed is AMAZING lol

    No commitments i prefer to run during the day when we have good weather. Its nice to see other people out and exercising. My time flip flops depending on the weather. Super hot = super early. Nice weather = mid day or afternoon runs.
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  8. Denise

    I definitely like running around 5 pm best. If it gets much later than that, I’m too hungry and I have to wait until after dinner, which is definitely not ideal. I like running early because it means I’m done for the day, but my runs never feel as good and of course I have to get up early which is pretty much the worst. I tried to do more morning runs when I was training for the marathon, but I am certainly an evening runner and I don’t see that changing any time soon.
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  9. Sam @ grapefruit & granola

    Sooo I have to get up at 5am every morning for work. It sucks but at the same time, I can get into a routine where it feels normal. It is awful if I don’t go to bed around 10pm, though. I usually wake up on my own before 6am on the weekend!
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  10. Staci

    I am also an evening runner. I love it. Yes, occasionally I will run in the morning but it isn’t my thing. I don’t like running in the dark. I mean I am not scared or anything I just prefer to be able to see where each step is landing and KNOW that the cars have a better chance of seeing me out in the country. Even with lights people just don’t pay attention. 🙁

  11. Ali @ Hit the Ground Running

    Ooh yes, I love running in the evening if I have a good dinner waiting for me afterward. But the worst is coming home and having to cook something!

    I do appreciate that the park bathrooms are open in the evenings!
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  12. Karen

    Even though I set my alarm at 4:30 a.m. I do think it insane at times lol but it the only way I can run 6 months out of the year. I do look forward to changing to lter times in the winter 🙂 although, my tummy usually has a transition period…I am so use to running completely empty in the mornings any food is hard . It is good you can keep yourself going late in the evening!

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