I’ve always been an evening runner. Sure, I did my long weekend training runs in the mornings—the sooner they’re over, the sooner brunch happens—but during the week, waking up early enough to fit in 4 miles before work was just too painful. For one, I used to settle into my cubicle before 8 a.m. And then there’s that bad habit of hitting the snooze alarm at least three times every morning. Half the time I tried to wake up for a run, I ruined my chances anyway. Not to mention I’d always drink coffee and have a bite before a morning jaunt, and then I needed to let my go-to graham crackers and peanut butter settle.
But believe it or not, I took that picture above during a morning interval session on the local high school track. Between the warm-up, repeats and cool-down, I ran about 8.5 miles (and crushed my splits, might I add). And with an exception here or there, I’ve been doing all of my weekday runs before work for the past month. It’s like a new me! What? How? Why? All valid questions. It boils down to a few recent changes:
- I start work at 9 a.m. now. Hallelujah!
- It’s hot as you-know-what outside, and any time after 10 a.m. is a sweat bucket.
- I’m trying to make new friends, so it’s helpful to have evenings free.
Oh, and I’ve also started running on weekday mornings without eating first, so that helps to get me moving earlier. Of course I never budget enough time to make real breakfast after running and showering, so smoothies have been a godsend. This peanut butter and coffee concoction, to be exact. I caffeinated a solid pb-banana smoothie recipe from a favorite food blogger Gimme Some Oven by tossing in lots of coffee ice cubes and a dash of espresso powder.
Whatever gets me out the door in the morning! I’ve been liking the morning sweat sessions, but I’m not sure if they’ll stick once fall arrives. Darker mornings and cooler evenings make for some delightfully crisp autumn runs. But it’s definitely nice to have the before or after work option now.
YOUR TURN: Do you run/work out in the morning or evening? Why?