To be honest, I was a bit worried about having to run mid week. I wasn’t keen on running before work as I kind of like my morning routine on work days; but I wasn’t sure if I would have the energy to run after a busy day at the office.
My main problem with running in the evening was that I’m usually hungry after my walk home so I have something to eat as soon as I get in. There was no way I would be able to run hungry, but I knew that running on a full stomach wouldn’t be a good idea either.
In the end, I decided that the best way round this was to have a snack in the afternoon. I also made sure that I cut down my caffeine intake and stuck to drinking boiled water instead of tea or coffee. This seemed to work really well as I didn’t feel hungry or tired when I got home.
As it was a pretty warm muggy day, I decided to do my run along the seafront. I felt a bit self conscious at first but there were plenty of runners and joggers around so I soon forgot about everyone else and just focussed on my run.
My last run had been on Sunday so I was a bit worried about how I would get on. As I had feared, the first 60 seconds of running weren’t great, but this was probably because I was feeling a bit tense. So I reminded myself to relax, keep my head up and just breathe. It worked a treat!
I soon got into my rhythm, taking it slow and steady on the runs and keeping a strong but relaxed pace on the walks. Strangely enough, the runs seemed shorter than before while the walking seemed to go on for too long by the end. In fact, for the first time this week, I was a little bit disappointed when the session was over.
Part of me wanted to do just one more repetition, but I knew it would be silly to over do it. So, I headed home with a grin on my face, looking forward to stepping things up a gear next week.
What’s your favourite time of day to run? How do you adapt your running schedule to fit in with other aspects of your life? Share your thoughts and stories in the comments.