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sunfunchick Rookie 1 posts since
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Jan 5, 2012 10:05 AM

Is there a better time of day to run?

Hi all, I'm a fairly new runner (about 8 months) and am up to about 5 miles a day. Is there a better time of the day to get my run in? For some reason I have a lot more energy in the late evening/night and can run longer than I do in the morning. I would like to run in the morning, but don't seem to have the energy to do so. Thanks in advance.

  • Terranss Legend 268 posts since
    Feb 14, 2011
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    1. Jan 5, 2012 11:13 AM (in response to sunfunchick)
    Is there a better time of day to run?

    Morning runs can be difficult for a lot of people, because of the lack of nutrition and that "still-asleep" feeling.  If your stomach can handle it, it might be a good idea to have a very light amount of food before your run, to help give you a little energy. 


    I run almost every morning, so I've grown accustomed to waking up and heading out the door; however, when I first started out I would eat half a banana with some honey drizzled on it as soon as I got up, then get dressed for my run.  It helped with the grogginess and the lack of energy to have a little something in my stomach.


    I hope that helps.  Best of luck to you!

  • GinnyinPA Pro 150 posts since
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    2. Jan 5, 2012 2:42 PM (in response to sunfunchick)
    Is there a better time of day to run?

    It really depends on your schedule and whether you're running indoors or out. I am absolutely not a morning person, so I do most of my runs late in the afternoon, especially if I'm on the treadmill.  Sometimes I'll run a few hours after dinner.  I do my long runs about 3 hours after breakfast.  But I'm not working and don't have kids, so I can run when I please.  

  • Terranss Legend 268 posts since
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    3. Jan 5, 2012 2:59 PM (in response to GinnyinPA)
    Re: Is there a better time of day to run?

    I should add that I also run almost every evening, too.  Like you, I tend to have more energy in the evenings and afternoons, so I do most of my training runs later in the day.  I do the morning runs at an easy pace to jump start my day, plus I take the dog out for her exercise at that time.  I mention this to you because I highly recommend that you do any race training that you have planned during whatever part of the day that you feel the best.  You get more benefit to your training when you have more energy, so don't short-change yourself in this respect.


    Good luck, and keep us posted!

  • Mikala_SF Pro 87 posts since
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    4. Jan 5, 2012 3:17 PM (in response to sunfunchick)
    Is there a better time of day to run?

    I have read that it's easier to exercise in the afternoon because our bodies are all warmed up from the day.  And I tend to have a hard time running in the morning too, I feel stiff and everything just feels harder.  I find that I can't push myself the way I do in the afternoon.  That said, sometimes that's the only time I have to get the run in so I do it then.

    My weight loss blog, pictures, etc (started in 2007):

  • Jasko123 Legend 461 posts since
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    5. Jan 5, 2012 6:41 PM (in response to sunfunchick)
    Is there a better time of day to run?

    Everyone is different, but the body adjusts to training times.  Most races are early morning, and I am grateful for that because I have more energy first thing and find myself lagging by early to mid-afternoon.  Diet and overall routine/activities also have an influence.  I admire anyone that can run late evenings or into the night hours.  (maybe it is those blood sugar levels that drop off at 3:00 PM).

    Anyway, if you want a quick boost to run mornings, consider frozen blueberries, yogurt, bananas, and a tad of maple syrup in a blender (small amounts with a sprinkle of granola on top). 

  • Digler Amateur 16 posts since
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    6. Jan 5, 2012 7:18 PM (in response to sunfunchick)
    Re: Is there a better time of day to run?

    Yep, it's whatever works for you. I really dislike morning runs, but in winter sometimes I have to - and I have to admit, despite the sleepiness, it's sublime to get out there while the sun is just coming up and everything is frosted over. OTOH, as much as I like night running, I don't like the safety issues. Sometimes this happens and you skin your knee (despite that, I still set a PR for a 4.3):



  • emiss Pro 70 posts since
    Feb 7, 2011
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    7. Jan 8, 2012 4:52 PM (in response to sunfunchick)
    Is there a better time of day to run?

    The advice here is great, the only thing I'd add is that the best time to run is the time you can stick to. I run after work with a group of friends. We all push each other on those dark days when we don't want to go and for me it's perfect. Find what works and make it work.

    Completed Races:

    3/19/11 Holy Grail 5K 36:20 (First 5K)

    4/10/11 Wellness 5K 30:48

    4/23/11 Stonyfield 5K 30:28

    5/7/11 Dover 5K: 29:39

    5/23/11 Get Fit in May 5K 29:44

    5/29/11 Redhook 5K 29:32 (PR)

    6/11/11 Market Square 10K 1:08:40 (First 10K)

    8/18/11 Saunders 10K 1:07:35.49

    9/5/11 St. Charles Childrens' Run: 29:54

    9/10 Fox Point 5 Mile: 49:03

    9/25 Holy Grail 5K: 32:33 (with bronchitis)

    10/9 Great Island 5K 32:54.23 (still with bronchitis)

    11/13 Seacoast 1/2 Marathon: 2:31:39 (1st 1/2 Marathon)

    1/1/12 First Run 10K 1:4:45 (PR)

    2012 Races:

    2/19/12 Half at the Hamptons 2:28:18 PR

    3/24/12 Holy Grail 5K 28:17 PR

    4/21/12Whale of a 5K (first trail race) 30:24

    3/30/12April Fools 4 Miler 36:39 (9:10mm)

    6/12/12 Margaritas 5K 27:52 (9mm) PR

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