Running in the evening

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    Running in the evening

    Good morning to all!
    I used to be an avid morning runner but, now that I don't want to risk going to a gym and all my mornings are full of CoViD-delayed responsibilities, I thought of starting running in the evening... Since I know a lot of things change when you work out different time of day, I would really like a few tips for making my run more efficient and productive (I am running about 9-10km/h at a comfortable pace...)
    Thanks in advance
    P. S. : One of the main problems I have, is how to cope with running after I eat. I know that 5 hours are enough for lunch to be digested, but I am used to running on empty stomach and it somewhat bothers me...

    #2
    It's just so interesting how different people are!
    Personally, I'm not even running right now, but I used to - and never in the mornings. It's just not in my body's biological rhythm. (Fun fact: I once did a pretty intense swim workout in the morning when visiting my parents and then fell asleep on their couch before lunch. My body basically shut down on me - and I never sleep during the day. Possibly it's because at home I used to take advantage of "late night swimming" being cheaper, which meant swimming between 9:30 and 11 p.m., so I basically trained my body to do its thing and then collapse.)

    So with everybody being different, I guess mostly you'll just have to figure out what works for you. And maybe take some time getting used to it, easing into it with maybe a few shorter or slower runs. After all, you're asking your body to do something different. You are right that in 5 hours, your lunch is definitely not in your stomach anymore, so this may be a psychological issue rather than a physical one? But then I've never run on an empty stomach, but tended to have a banana or some yoghurt right before a run if I felt the last meal had been too long ago. So what do I know?

    You read in different places that you're not supposed to work out too late at night/too close to your bedtime because the body needs time to wind down. I'm sure that's true for many people, but I've never had trouble falling asleep after a late run or other workout (see above). Apparently my body is fine with the winding down time afforded by doing whatever needs to be done before going to bed. So I guess that will be something to try out for yourself as well.

    Sorry, I feel this has been the least helpful post imaginable. I'm sure you'll be fine!

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      #3
      I run at night because I simpliy like running at night. Go when it works for your schedule. There's no difference between night and morning running except if you try to run after a heavy dinner. Then it's not fun.

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