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!
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?