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Old 05-03-2010, 04:27 PM   #1
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Default Is there a best time to go running?

I hear people say running in the morning before breakfast is good, and boxers get up at stupid o'clock to go running. Yet there are plenty of runners out at various times during the day. I know a large amount are just running and don't really have a clue, but surely one or two know what they're doing. I'm not looking to lose weight, just improve endurance and fitness really.
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Old 05-03-2010, 05:05 PM   #2
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I run late at night when its cooler but early in the morning would probably be cooler too just a preferance though as I find it more comfortable

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Old 05-03-2010, 05:33 PM   #3
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Reason to run in the morning is so you have time to recover before boxing training at night. If you run in the afternoon you may still be tired in the evening, and if you run after your boxing then you will be tired and not able to go as fast.

But any running is better than none, so whatever fits your schedule.
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Old 05-03-2010, 05:46 PM   #4
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Everyone is different but I think fighters should run at night at the time they would roughly fight and also AFTER your technical training session (pads, sparring etc).
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Old 05-03-2010, 06:11 PM   #5
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Yeah I thought everyone would be different. I don't run everyday, about 2/3 times a week. And when I mean running, I just mean a simple couple miles. I do intervals which include running, but that's not what I meant... I think I've lost where the **** I'm going with this Thanks for the replies anyway.
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Old 05-03-2010, 06:19 PM   #6
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The best time to run is the time during the day that you're most likely to be motivated to do it regularly.
If I tried to run every day at 6am because 'it was the best time to run' then I'd rarely go for a run. rarely going for an early morning run <<<< running in the evening on a regular basis.
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Old 05-03-2010, 06:19 PM   #7
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Running (or working out) starts the body burning fat after about 20 to 30 mins, and that lasts for some time after your workout ends (not sure how long, someone here might).

Most runners I know have the opinion that getting your metabolism going in the morning helps weight loss by burning extra calories during the early part of the day.

I don't know all of the details on it, but that is the jist of what I have read. I'm sure you can find something on it at [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] They also have a free training log that I highly recommend using.

Secondly, there is the heat/sun preference. Some don't like the heat/sun, others (like me) prefer to run in the heat/sun and sweat it out as much as possible.

Third, depending on where you live and your route, you might schedule around traffic. I like running along the river in Cincinnati, but during busy traffic the exhaust fumes and traffic make it zero fun. If I get a chance to do those routes at off times, I usually go for it.

Fourth, scenery availability. The routes I run typically have other runners out...and during peak hours in the summer, all the runner chicks are out and that can motivate you to keep on going.

Hope that helps.
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Old 05-03-2010, 07:12 PM   #8
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I'm a night person and have always preferred to run around 2-3AM. I have the road to myself aside from the occasional deer and can run with my headphones cranked without worrying about traffic. I like it as a way to wind down and put the day's bull**** behind me. Very, very rarely I'll wake up motivated/ energetic and have a morning run, but I much prefer the night. Also, it's cooler without the sun beating down on you, which is nice for someone who sweats easily.
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Whenever you want. Simple as.
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Old 05-03-2010, 10:49 PM   #10
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I think it's one of those things that don't matter in the bigger picture.

Me personally i prefer 4pm-9pm. I don't know why but I perform a lot harder at those times and it makes a great nights sleep which helps you wake up in the morning.

Theres less people and dangerous factors around at those times anyway.

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Old 05-03-2010, 11:05 PM   #11
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I run at night, I dont like the heat and theres no traffic.
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Old 05-04-2010, 01:49 AM   #12
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The best time to run is the time during the day that you're most likely to be motivated to do it regularly.
If I tried to run every day at 6am because 'it was the best time to run' then I'd rarely go for a run. rarely going for an early morning run <<<< running in the evening on a regular basis.


I used to run in the early morning. But, I now prefer running around 22:00 to 01:00, since temperatures have started to rise. I sit around on my bum the whole day, so I actually look forward to it. I follow that with some skipping. By the time I've showered and answered a few e-mails, I feel properly relaxed and ready for bed.
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Old 05-04-2010, 03:25 AM   #13
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If you are trying to cut weight then the morning. The lower your energy reserves the faster you start burning fat.

If you are trying to build stamina then later in the day after you have eaten so you have the energy to push yourself to the limit.
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If you are trying to cut weight then the morning. The lower your energy reserves the faster you start burning fat.
From what I've been told your body is more likely to burn muscle than fat. Fat is for extreme, like no food for days. If your body has larger muscles than is needed to run then they'll be broken down and used for energy first.
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Old 05-04-2010, 12:09 PM   #15
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I used to run in the early morning. But, I now prefer running around 22:00 to 01:00, since temperatures have started to rise. I sit around on my bum the whole day, so I actually look forward to it. I follow that with some skipping. By the time I've showered and answered a few e-mails, I feel properly relaxed and ready for bed.
All that at 1am? You're a fanatical trainer mate.
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