Monday, June 4, 2007

When do you run?

On workdays, I like to get up and run around 5:30 or 6:00 AM. On Saturdays and holidays, I might sleep in a little, but prefer to run upon waking up. This tends to keep me from running during the heat of the day.

However, I suffer from aerophasia (which occurs when you swallow air) caused by the CPAP machine which is being used to treat my sleep apnea. On days that the discomfort is significant, which is thankfully less and less often, I have two options. First, I can skip a run. If it's been awhile since I skipped a run and it's mid-week, I might chose this option to give myself a second recovery day. If it's the beginning or end of the week, I'll take my second option, as two days off in a row is a real motivation killer for me.

My other option, the one I prefer to take, is to run in the evening on those days that I can't run first thing. It's harder to motivate myself for an evening run during this summer heat, but not as hard as it is to motivate myself after two days off in a row.

So, what time of day do you run?


  1. Morning is my favourite time. You start off groggy, by the end of the run you're all hyped up!

    If you don't like running in the evening i.e. when it's still day light, try night running (w/ appropriate hi-viz gear). It'll keep you on your toes. That and you might as well get used to what with you having to train during winter(mute) time ;)

  2. It's not that I mind running in the evening, but I have to go to one of the local parks because the traffic on the roads I live on gets heavier as the day wears on. And running at night? I've already been scolded by my sleep doctor a couple of times for not getting enough hours of sleep ;) Otherwise I'd probably enjoy that even more than running in the morning.