afternoon runner

When I was working as a strength + conditioning specialist, I had the ability to get my workouts (runs AND strength training) done in the morning first thing when I woke up since I didn’t usually have to be at work until 9 or 10 at the earliest (most days it was 2 or 3 PM).  I absolutely LOVED running in the morning.  The cool, crisp air on my face, running to the sunrise, birds chirping, very little traffic messing with my thoughts… it was glorious!

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However, now that I am a full time teacher, my days start much earlier – 7:30 AM.  A 35 minute commute on top of that just doesn’t help the morning situation.  Don’t get me wrong, I am most definitely a morning person.  A 4:45 AM wake up call doesn’t phase me too much.  But, pitch black darkness with very poorly lit sidewalks makes running in the morning pretty much impossible for me.

Since becoming a teacher, I have started doing 2-a-days.  No, not 2 runs per day.  (I’m actually not THAT crazy… yet…)  I still keep my 4:45 AM wake up call, but instead of going for a run, I head to the gym and get my weight lifting in.  I am still starting out my day with a great workout and it gets me energized for a stressful day with 4 to 13 year olds.

I am now an almost completely devoted afternoon runner.  I used to think this would never work for me.  But, as a morning runner, I found days where I would see people running outside in the warmth and sunshine of the afternoon and get jealous.  Yes, jealous… even though I had already run for the day!

Now, I am one of those coveted afternoon runners.  I get home around 4:15 PM, change clothes, put on my Asics, and head out the door.  Afternoon runs means warmer weather in the cold winter months, and I still have plenty of time to make dinner for the Hubs when I get done with my run.

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I used to love the cool, fresh morning air, but now I am loving the warmth of the sun on my face!  I never thought I could be converted to an afternoon runner, but I LOVE it.  It is definitely working with my schedule too.  I still run in the mornings on the weekend (I just have more time that way), but some days I am missing the warmer air of my afternoon runs.

In the summer, I will revert back to morning runs (as I am part of a running club that meets every weekday morning in the summer), but I will be looking forward to school starting back up so I can get those glorious afternoon runs back on my schedule.

What’s your favorite time of day to get a run or workout in?  Does it work better for your schedule to run in the morning or afternoon?