Morning and Evening

What’s your favorite time of day to work out? Morning? Evening? Middle of the day? Is it by choice or is your schedule dictated by other things in your life (kids, work, etc…)?

For the most part, I’m a morning runner. I like getting it done first thing and checking it off of my list. Otherwise, I have it hanging over my head all day.

Sometimes, I have to do some shifting though. Weather played a part this week, but other times it can be kids’ activities or their work schedules. It’s hard to get up for a 5 am run when you’re sitting outside the school at 10 pm waiting on a bus the night before.

Today, I moved my run to later in the day, because I thought there might be some slick spots on the road in the early hours. We actually got a little bit of snow yesterday! Since there were no activities planned, I told the kids it was fend for yourself night. They know exactly what that means.

I was going to get my longer weekday run done.

I got started 30 minutes later than planned, because something came up with one of the kids. It always does. I wasn’t sure if I would get it all done. I also wasn’t really excited about going for a solo run, so I made myself a deal. “Make it to 6, and then you can stop.”

I passed a few people out in the neighborhood. I don’t know what to say when I can’t say good morning. Everything else sounds forced, but I tried.

Then I was done. I finished all of it. I started in the daylight, finished in the dark.

I didn’t have to worry about what time it was. I didn’t have to rush. I came inside and did little bit of strength work, and [gasp!] stretched and foam rolled. Normally that’s all reserved for weekends when I’m not as rushed.

It was a nice switch for today, but I still prefer my morning runs. Most of the time I’m running with my friends, and the miles fly by.

Early mornings with less traffic and noise, are a great start to the day.

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