Running is an extremely advantageous exercise that has physical and psychological health benefits no matter what time of day you choose to do it. Whether you’re training for a marathon or just starting your running journey, finding the right time to run for you is essential to hitting your goals and staying consistent.
From improving your cardiovascular health to helping you lose weight and building strength, running is an exercise everyone should try to fit into their lives. Keep reading as we discuss the benefits and drawbacks of running in the morning and the evening, so you can determine what time of day is best for you.
Whether you choose to run at 6am or 6pm, the most important factor in choosing what time of day to run is to pick a time that works with your schedule, energy levels and goals. The key to becoming a successful runner and maintaining a good level of fitness is building it into your routine. The easiest way to do this is to pick specific times that fit around your schedule where you are guaranteed to have free time to go for a run.
If you are trying to lose weight then running in the morning will be more beneficial, whereas if you’re running to de-stress or hit your personal bests then an evening run will be more advantageous.
If you’re an early riser and have more free time in the morning then this might be the best time of day for you to start running. There are many benefits to running at this time of day including:
If you have more free time in the evenings to focus on working towards your fitness goals and setting aside time for yourself, running in the evening may be the best option for you. Benefits of running at night include:
Running on an empty stomach is a controversial topic as it works for some people but doesn’t work for others. Most people choose to run on an empty stomach if they go for a morning run, this is known as ‘fasted running’ as it would have been at least 6 hours since your last meal in the evening before. The main benefits of ‘fasted running’ are as follows:
However, running on an empty stomach can be dangerous for some, as your body has little energy to carry you through your run and can lead to several drawbacks including:
If you can’t stomach a full meal before your morning run but still need something to give you energy, we would recommend choosing a light snack that will release energy slowly throughout your run such as whole grain cereal or toast, bananas, yoghurt or granola bars. Post-run we would suggest a high-protein and carbohydrate-dense meal to restore your energy levels and help muscle recovery.
Running at 5am is a great way to kickstart your day with some feel-good endorphins, however, if you’re running before the sun comes up, it’s important to consider what safety precautions you should take so that you can enjoy your run safely.
Make sure when running in the dark to wear reflective clothing and running shoes so that you are visible to vehicles if running near roads. We also suggest planning a running route that sticks to well-lit areas to ensure your safety.
Another tip for running safely is to find a running partner or join a local running group such as Park Run, so you can enjoy your workout without the worry of your safety.
Here at Avec Sport, we have a wide range of running clothes for men and women that can help take your performance to the next level, equipping you with the right assets to support you on your running journey.
Ideal for running outside on colder days, our men’s Bodyfit Jersey is a functional compression top made to keep you warm and supported throughout your workout. Made from stretchy, quick-dry fabrics this top is designed to allow breathability and optimum comfort whilst braving the elements on your outdoor run. Boasting a bright neon yellow colour, this top is great for increased visibility in bad weather or darker hours of the day, to ensure you’re kept safe throughout your run.
Allowing full flexibility is key to getting the most out of your run and our Fusion Bodyfit Short are the perfect solution to boosting your performance. Engineered with mesh panelling and quick-dry fabric, these shorts keep you cool during your workout and offer a secure, mouldable fit with an elasticated waistband. Perfect as a base layer for workouts in cold climates or worn alone as a breathable option for sunnier running days.
Finding the perfect pair of leggings is essential to going the extra mile on your run. Crafted from lightweight, stretchy fabric that moves with you as you run, the Women's Tech Leggings offer a flattering and supportive mid-rise waistband and ultra-skinny fit. Made from sweat-wicking, breathable fabrics, these leggings are designed to offer insulation in colder weather and cool when things start to heat up.
Maintaining a comfortable body temperature is essential to ensure you stay focused on your run. Designed to offer comfort and breathability, the Women's Tech Overlay features a stylish quarter-zip style, whilst the innovative sweat-wicking fabric is the perfect lightweight thermal layer to keep you cool during your workout.
Now that you’re equipped with the knowledge you need to get the most out of your run, it’s time to put our advice into action and get out there. Whether you’re a morning or an evening runner, ensuring you’ve got the right clothing to support you every step of the way is key to hitting your personal bests. Shop our full range of sportswear to find the perfect training outfits for your next run.