Finding a Time to Run
Most of us try to run at a time that is convenient. The following are some
advantages and disadvantages of running at certain times of the day.
Many runners run in the morning, before breakfast. It's a good way to begin the
day. You can be up, running, back and showered before the rest of the family is
awake. Start your morning run by doing some brief stretching exercises before
beginning, walk or run slowly first.
For some individuals who have an hour or more for lunch, this is the best time. Some
businesses are located near health/fitness clubs and encourage workers to exercise
mid-day. Noontime is a good time to run as it makes maximum usage of your
This is best done on your way home from work. This may not work if you are
expected to put food on the table. On the other hand this may present a growth
opportunity for the rest of your family. You and your spouse can alternate training
and home duties. Late evening is another option, but it could mean running in the
dark. You should always run in a safe area, but there may be some places you do not
want to run alone.
On Saturdays and Sundays, runners find they have more time to fit run into their
schedule. Most runners (particularly those training for a marathon) do their long
runs on the weekend. One spouse can do this in the morning and then do the 'kid'
switch at noon.
Who says that you need to run at the same time every day? Once running becomes a
regular part of your lifestyle, you can experiment with different training patterns.
The human body likes to follow a routine but the key is consistency. Running
every day one week, then only once the following week, is not a very good way to
increase fitness or manage weight. If you are comfortable running four to five days a
week, try to run four to five days every week.
Running an extra day a week isn't such a big deal, but suddenly taking a couple
of weeks off completely certainly could.
There are times when it is more important to recover from illness or heal an injury
than it is to stay with your running schedule plan. It is important to understand that
increases in training are fine as long as they don't happen too fast. Your body is
used to a particular level of training and will react to sudden changes.
The key again is consistency. Avoid unplanned interruptions. Plan your
training during times of the day when interruptions are least likely to occur. Try to
run with other people, since they will provide you with motivation when you might
be tempted to skip a run. Make your run a priority.
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