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When should you run? Morning, noon, or night

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A plethora of factors dictate your running schedule but at the end of the day, it really doesn’t matter when you run. All that matters is that you actually run. For some of us, that means waking up at the crack of dawn (or earlier). For others, it’s a lunchtime escape. And then there are those who hit the road after the sun sets.

But just because your schedule requires you to run at a certain time, doesn’t make it any easier to jump out of bed at 5 a.m., sneak away from the office at noon, or change into workout gear at 7 p.m. There are, however, things you can do to make getting out the door at any time of day a more pleasant experience.

Morning runners

Pros: Running first thing in the morning means zero chance of interruption — no one is going to call you into a meeting or make you work late. And you get to see the sunrise.
Cons: Getting up before the dawn cracks its first light seems inhumane — especially when it’s cold or rainy. It may be tempting to hit the snooze and get an extra hour of sleep since — let’s face it — bed is a wonderful place.

How to make it happen: Set out your running clothes the night before so you’re not fumbling around before your first cup of coffee. Even try wearing your running shorts or pants (or your sports bra) to sleep. Set two alarms. Or plan to meet a friend for accountability.

Afternoon runners

Pros: Getting out of the office and outside midday makes you a more productive, happier employee, and it gives you a mental boost without caffeine. And you don’t miss out on any sleep.
Cons: There’s a good chance of something getting in your way — a meeting or a deadline. In addition, it may be difficult to plan your meals to have enough energy around noon, and you’ll also need to figure out the whole post-run shower thing.

How to make it happen: Plan a carbohydrate rich snack at 10 a.m. to prep you for the midday run. An hour before, take in some energy through a cup of tea or a few energy chews. Plan a freshen up bag complete with dry shampoo and cleansing wipes. It also helps to figure out your route before hand so you know you have ample time to run, change and get back to work.

Night runners

Pros: It’s a great way to unwind after a long day and get out of “work mode”. You don’t have to wake up super early. And you get to see the sunset.
Cons: It’s easy for life to get in the way — and to just be too darn tired after a full day at work.

How to make it happen: Change into your gear right after work — or even at work. Grab a light snack that is carbohydrate rich. Hydrate with water and electrolytes. Find routes close to your home or right out your door. Or run home from work.

Written by Danielle Bressoud.
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