Four Reasons why Evening Running Rocks
There are some great reasons to run in the morning: It gets your miles out of the way early, and for those with kids it’s a way to get your workout in before the little ones are even out of bed.
To me, there’s a huge difference between being enough of a “morning person” to get into work early and eating pavement for breakfast. If you ask Nathan, he’ll tell you all the reasons he loves to run in the mornings, but I’ve always been an evening runner and these are some of the reasons why:
1) There are more opportunities for group runs
With the notable exception of Flapjack Friday, most group running opportunities in the Twin Cities are in the evening. So unless you can con someone into running in the morning with you, chances are high that you’ll be logging miles solo.
2) It’s a great way to unwind from work
One of the (many) reasons I enjoy running in the evening is that it provides the perfect opportunity to decompress after work before I transition into making dinner and doing chores.
3) Running after dark is oddly beautiful
Depending on when you get a chance to run and what time of year it is, you might find yourself running in the dark. It’s a drag in the winter, but I absolutely love the fireflies and quiet bike trails in the summer.
4) It gives you more time to wake up
Not everyone is built to hit the ground running – literally. If your training plan includes a healthy dose of speed work, it can be hard to get a quality workout in when you’re crunched for time and still half asleep.
Now that you’re sold on running in the evening, here are some tips to get the most out of your run:
1) Run after sunset to avoid scorching temperatures
The hottest part of the day is usually in the mid afternoon, but temperatures usually don’t fall again until after sunset.
2) Be prepared
I usually keep a bag of running clothes in my car so that I can sneak in a few miles before I go home and get sucked into Netflix and chores. It’s also nice to have if I’m trying to make a group run after work.
3) Have a mid afternoon snack
Find a snack that’s easy on your stomach so that you’re not famished when it’s time to run.
Whether you decide to run in the morning, or run in the evening, the important thing is that you’re out there, running. The best runners find ways to adapt and adjust their schedule to get their run in at whatever time will give them the best chance to complete it.
How about you? Have you found the joys of evening running like I have? What other tips might you share?