Today’s Workout: 3 miles @ 28:42, easy run
Even though I’m training for a marathon, I can tell my 5k time is getting faster…and I like it!
Had anyone read the Mind & Body column (page 44) in the February issue of Runner’s World? If not, check it out! According to the magazine, “research shows your body is primed to perform its best late in the afternoon and early evening because that’s when your core body temperature peaks.”
I feel like that column was dedicated to me. I’ll admit, while reading other people’s blogs, and learning that most of my blogging friends run in the morning, I was feeling a little inferior. And then I saw this article, which just made me lighten up inside. Today, I realized that there were a lot of reasons why I love running in the evening. Click over to find out what they are.
1. It makes me feel better after work.
This would have to be the #1 reason why I love running in the evening. After a long, stressful day at work, there’s nothing better I can think of than going home and running (well, after seeing my husband and the hounds, of course!)
In fact, if I get my run in before work, instead of after I get home, I’m likely to be super stressed and uppity for the rest of the evening, and tend to drive JP nuts (and probably drive the dogs nuts, too)!
2. I do feel like I perform better in the evening. In the morning, I’m too tired, I have a frog in my throat, I feel sweatier for some reason, I just don’t feel right. At night, I’m usually raring to go!
3. It gives me my “second wind.” They say you need a second wind for running, but for me, it gives me that second wind that I need to make dinner, fold laundry, do my homework, write on this blog, etc.
4. It’s easier for me to plan my meals around. Usually when I wake up in the morning, I’m starving, I need my coffee, and I can’t even think about running until I’ve done one (or both).
At night, the first thing I do after getting home from work is go for a run. Then I eat dinner afterwards. Pretty simple! This leads me to #5…
5. I don’t have to get up too early! This one’s pretty simple…I like to “sleep in.” However it know that I will have to make this change once my runs start to get even longer during the week, and then in the summer, when it gets hot out.
I did go through a period a couple of years ago where I was so stressed out that I’d go for a morning run and an evening run. Luckily, that stress eventually went away, and I am back to running just once a day.
What time of day do you run at? Why did you choose this time of day to run?
Do you ever have a hard time planning your meals around a run?
If you run in the morning, what is your choice pre-run food?