Running: What Time of Day is Best?

Jun 26, 2014 | by AIF

Is there a best time to run?

Elite professionals set most records mid-afternoon when the body is at its physical and mental peak.

However, running at a given time of the day will make only a negligible difference to a mere mortal runner, according to David Chamberlain, sports scientist and running coach at DC Run.

His best advice is to choose a time that suits you.

Morning runs get your metabolism off to a good start, but it’s important to allow time to warm up. You also need to take into account that your body will miss some sleep.

Lunchtime runs favoured by the office-worker can be a great way to clear the head. Your body is probably at its best at that time. To allow for changing, showering and eating in an hour, keep your training to short-intervals and sprints. A jog does not have to be a 45-minute continuum, said Chamberlain.

Night runs are a great de-stressor after work. You tend to feel faster at night, Chamberlain noted. Just don’t go home from work and sit on the couch first, or you might not get up again.




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