Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Morning Vs Evening Runs

This morning was supposed to start with a run, but Trevon had an early day at work so we switched our schedule around. So this morning started with some cleaning and other things on my to-do list.  Sometimes the only way to get anything done is to let the kids watch some TV. When I have to get something done and the kids are being too helpful, I usually will turn on something like a youtube channel that they like (Mostly nursery rhymes or Super Why) it always gets their attention long enough for me to get at least one thing marked off my list. We also read the book Wacky Wednesday today, notice the shoe on the entertainment center? M thought she would try to make our day wacky too.


These two can be the best friendamies,  They love to tease each other! Today they discovered hide and seek. I'm not sure V got the whole point of the game, but he liked it when M would chase him.


J has only been in school for almost 2 months now, but sometimes I have a hard time getting her to do her homework. Last time we went through this (last week) I had her do spelling with playdough. Last night I had her do it with watercolor paints. Sometimes you have to think creatively to come up with ways to get homework done without a fight. 


 Last night was my strength training night.  I usually go to my parent's house and use their home gym for this, but the kids got to bed late and I try to get my workout done before 9:00 so that I still get good sleep, so I did an at home workout with the bench Trevon's aunt gave to me when we were in Idaho.  It was a short one, but it was just what I needed.


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Since I started running most mornings now instead of in the evenings, I've noticed a few differences in how running in the morning and in the evening affect me differently. I think there is a place for both night and morning runs. In my life, I use both and I get something different out of each of them.


Morning running:
  Morning runs jump start my day and get my brain active too. When I run in the morning I get back feeling ready to start my day. I come back energized and with a lot of new or creative ideas for my family or even for this blog.  

My day starts out so much easier on the mornings that I run. When I don't have a run planned, I've noticed a big difference in how long my body wants to stay in bed.  If I have a run in the morning, I get up quick and get out the door before I start to think about anything else.

When I run in the mornings I tend to eat a little healthier throughout the day. I'm much more conscious of what I'm putting into my body and that I want to make healthier choices. I also crave more of the healthier options than my junk food, even though I really do love to eat junk food once in a while.

Morning runs have cooler temps but as you've probably figured out, I prefer running in the warm (I can't say I love running in the heat). I can go do my long runs better in the morning (as long as I get up in time) because I don't feel like I've pushed my limit in the heat. 

Evening Runs:
 My night time runs are used to de-stress and declutter my mind.  When I run at night, I get back feeling so empty of all the frustrations that were bothering me, sometimes I have solutions to problems. It really can be the most relaxing part of my day. 

When I run at night I'm WAY better at drinking water throughout the day. I'm always much more hydrated during my night runs and throughout the day.  Especially when it's summer and I know that I'm going to be running in the heat. 

Running at night I always see people around that I know, and that pushes me to keep going because I wouldn't want them to see me take a break or slow down. ;) It also makes me happy to see people on my run.


I love both morning and evening runs. They both do great things for me and my day. Sometimes I like to do two short runs instead of one long run. It doesn't matter what time your run, you just fit it in when it works for you. 


Who has creative ways to do homework to share?

When do you fit your run in?

What do you find different from morning to evening runs?



4 comments:

  1. At the end of a long, tiring day, I often wish I'd run in the morning ;) The night runs are either really slow and sad because I'm exhausted, OR they wind me up and then I have a hard time going to sleep. But mornings are just gross! I think if I changed my mindset, and reminded myself that a morning run would eliminate that sloggy, foggy feelings of early mornings, I'd enjoy them more.

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    1. I totally get both of those things. I was only a night time runner after getting married. Mostly because that's just when I had time. But when I switched to morning runs recently I decided they aren't so bad. My problem now is that it's dark and cold in the mornings now and it makes my motivation go out the door.

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  2. I ALWAYS have to run in the morning. It's just something that mentally works with me. I enjoy feeling like I am in high school again conditioning for a race or game. Getting my workout in sooner rather than later is always good.

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    1. I've felt that too! Its amazing how much a morning run can boost your brain and your creativity. Plus it really does remind me of high school cross country days. Except I'm improving in my running and not comparing myself to others. It makes it even better.

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