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fter work...........help!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

So, if you read my first blog you know I started running again and I LOVE IT! Well, I am a school counselor who is off all summer. I was running at 8am when it was cool out and I was fresh out of bed. Now I went back to work this week and have to run after work around 4 pm. It hasnt even been THAT hot. Its been about 80 and sunny. My running has pretty much SUCKED since Monday! Could changing the time of my runs make that much of a difference? I dont want to give up but now I am starting to feel bad. I cant run in the mornings since I live about 40 min away from work and have to leave too early. Does anyone have any experience with this problem, advice, tips, solutions?

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    Just go easy on yourself. It IS a HUGE difference in running AM or PM. You will get used to it, eventually. I have 2 running sessions in the afternoon right after work and one every Saturday morning before breakfast. The AM run is always the best of the week b/c I am truly an early bird. But sometimes we just have to adapt to certain circumstances - and this takes some time, physically and mentally.

    You can do this!
    3592 days ago
    First, don't be too hard on yourself. Getting back into work is a big change in your routine. Give yourself a couple weeks to get back into the swing of things. It takes between 21-28 days to make a habit. Chances are, when you first started running in the AM it took a lot of effort, until it became a habit. Pick a time in the afternoon or evening that will work for you. I've found in the past that going to the gym or working out immediately after work is best. If I get home, I have more time to make excuses or opt out. Whatever you decide to do, it needs to work for you.

    Good luck! emoticon
    3616 days ago
    I was so hoping the transition would go better for you. BUT...You WANT This and You CAN Do This!!! Stick with it and allow your body time to adjust to it. It may take you a little while to get to what you were able to do in the mornings, but you'll get there as long as you don't allow yourself to get frustrated. Remember how much you truly want it and enjoy it!!!

    Don't do it because you have to...do it because you want to!!!

    I have faith in you and I know you've got this!!!

    3624 days ago
    Yes! When I was crazy....hence burnt out .... 530 am was awesome run in any weather! and I got my exercise in for the day bef sun came up! Lol seeing sunrise. Late waker usually.
    Evening runs are great too. Hubby schedule too irratic to garuantee run...
    And hate running on full stomach!

    Either way, if u run outside wear reflectors
    3625 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/24/2011 7:23:37 PM
    Your body is going to need time to adjust. From a purely physiological perspective, running later in the day is better because your elevated core temperature keeps muscle warms and joints loose. But after months of exercising 8 hours earlier in the day, your body is holding onto those daily rhythms that have been established. If 4:00pm is going to be your time, prepare your body as best possible with solid breakfast and a lunch a little lighter on the carbs and higher in protein. Stay as hydrated as possible during the afternoon. Give yourself some time to get your gameface on after work and before your run. Try to duplicate your morning routine here if possible. And lastly, be patient. It will come and be just as enjoyable and productive as earlier in the day, but its all about preparation and allowing time for adjustment.

    Good luck!
    3625 days ago
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