I’m lucky enough to work from home which means I can run when it’s right for me, rather than squeezing runs in around a 9-5 schedule.
The best time for me to run is mid-afternoon. In the mornings I’m quite productive at work, but from 2.30pm onwards I find myself zoning out, staring at my screen or playing on the internet, and it’s easy to lose a couple of hours.
If I strap my trainers on around 3pm, I can have a good run and then come back to work for a few hours with my brain re-charged.
Running in the morning works okay for me, but evenings aren’t so good. If I leave it too late then I don’t have enough energy late afternoon, then it’s dinnertime, then I’ve sat down…it’s too easy to make excuses in the evening.
I was a running club member for a while, with a club that did 7.30am runs on a Sunday. I did it, but I always needed a nap when I got home afterwards!
It’s important to find your optimal running time. You can get the best out of your training, and be prepared if you’re entered into a race that isn’t at your best time of day.
The York Marathon starts at 9.30 so I won’t quite be home for lunch, but I should be home before tea time. I’ll have to throw in some morning runs to test my breakfast strategy and make sure it’s not too much of shock.
Breakfast strategy…and other idiot phrases you never thought you’d say before you started marathon training. Reminded me of this most excellent video, which never fails to make me giggle: Sh*t Triathletes Say