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.