After consideration, experimentation, and further consideration Rich (my long-suffering husband/running partner) and I have come to the conclusion that early morning runs work better for us than running after work.
- We are fresher and less prone to fatigue-induced injuries.
- We tend to be more consistent with an early morning workout schedule.
- We both feel better and more energized on days when we get up and run first thing.
- We both tend to adhere to our other healthy habits – making better meal choices, going to bed early – when we get up and run first thing.
- We sleep better at the end of the day when we get up and run early in the mornings.
- We do better eating dinner earlier in the evening which is impossible if we run/workout after work.
At the end of the day getting up early and running first thing in the morning is just all around better for us.
Of course this will require a little more planning as far as having things laid out ahead of time such as workout gear, work clothes, and pre-planning lunches to shorten our morning routines. But having more time to make dinner in the evenings will allow for having leftovers to take for lunch the next day.
Running is about more than just the actual running.
It’s an entire lifestyle thing.
And not exactly one that is harmful in any way.