Every runner’s schedule and training plan differs. And deciding when to do your run may primarily be impacted by the other obligations in your life. Runners that are are on a strict training plan tend to preplan their runs and when it’ll work best for them. Others run for fun and when they feel like it or the weather is good.
I wish I was a morning runner. I’m a morning person for sure and definitely like to get my weekend runs done first thing. But during the week when I know I have to get up early for work, its a lot for me to wake up 2 hours earlier to run; especially when it’s cold out. During the week, I fit my runs in right after work. I drive from work to the gym and get on the treadmill first thing or I drive straight home if I’m going to run outside. Any stops along the way, and I usually lose my motivation. However, on the weekends, I run first thing in the morning. I set out my gear the night before and set the automatic coffee maker.
Is there any best time of day to run? I don’t believe so. You need to run when your schedule allows you to. A lot of people have to balance work, kids, and other responsibilities. So typically, their run isn’t first on their daily priority list.
What is your favorite time of the day to get your run in?
What impacts what time of day you run?
In running, you need to learn to be flexible. There are always things that happen out of your control that you must learn to deal with. The more races you run, the better prepared you’ll be. I couldn’t prepare myself for the cancellation of the NYC Marathon this year. No one could. Like thousands of others, I was physically and mentally prepared to run 26.2 miles on November 4th, 2012. Only to be disappointed when it was cancelled at the last minute.
The NYC Marathon is one of the largest in the world. People come from all over the world to compete. It’s an honor just to get selected via the lottery system. I couldn’t believe I was chosen the first time I applied. I knew at that point I had to run it. Nothing was going to stop me. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity to run this elite race. Immediately after I found out I was selected, I booked my hotel room, formulated a training plan, and got to work.
As runners we typically set out to achieve one milestone and as soon as we conquer that, we find ourselves looking for another challenge. Every time I run a race, I think about my next race. Is it going to be longer distance? Am I going to aim to get a PR? I recently reached my goal of completing a marathon and prior to that day I thought that I’d be done after I crossed the finish line. I thought I’d do shorter races and look to improve my time. And I’d get to say goodbye to rigorous training schedules and long Saturday morning runs. But during that 26.2 mile run there was a part of me that wanted more. My goal was to finish the marathon that day. But I knew I could run the race faster. I thought….I could qualify for the Boston marathon. In my mind, I didn’t even need to run Boston, I just wanted to qualify. (Ask me again after I run my qualifying marathon if I’ll do Boston.)
As runners, we’re never satisfied with our last accomplishment. There’s always more. There’s always another PR to go after. And that kind of determination is what makes us runners.