I’m an afternoon/evening/late night runner. I used to do the morning thing, but scheduling conflicts 6 years ago led me to push my workouts to later in the day. And that was fine, I adjusted and became a PM runner.
Lately though, I’m really struggling with the nighttime running schedule. Many nights, I don’t get Max down until after 9. By the time I’ve tidied and done dishes, I’m starting my run at 10 or so. This puts me going to sleep well after 12 and starting the next day exhausted.
To put it mildly, this isn’t really working out.
So I’m trying to reset my running clock. It’s been very challenging because my current schedule is a vicious cycle. I run late at night, then I try to get up early to reset. I sleep in because I was up late running, so I have to do my run late again. And so on and so on and I’m falling asleep while blow-drying my hair.
I needed a change. One of my New Year’s resolutions was to become a morning runner again. And since I’m a procrastinator, I just got around to starting this goal 🙂 F for effort, Molly.
The excuses had to stop. I finally managed to start a new cycle last Friday. Thursday was a day off from running, and I diligently went to bed early (!) my alarm went off at 5:30 and while I didn’t exactly bounce out of bed, I managed to stumble out, wipe the drool from my face and get going.
It’s been 4 mornings now and it’s starting to feel a little more natural. I like enjoying my evenings without having to stress about squeezing in my run. I like having a glass of wine at dinner and not worrying about how it will affect my workout. It’s pretty liberating!
Dare I say it, but I might actually be turning into a morning runner again! Until the next time real life interferes with my running life 🙂
When do you run? Have you ever had to reset your internal running clock?