morning running: what a fantastic way to start your day, huh? nothing like hearing the morning birds chirp, enjoying the misty air, and only having to shower once during the day. but SHOOT! i freaking want to stay in bed and enjoy that extra hour's worth of sleep, you know? i do find that the rest of my day is fantastic if i've already run, but it is more than difficult to not hit snooze and cozy up in the covers for a few more minutes.
evening running: i also find it is a nice time of day to be outside. though you do take a gamble with the weather being a little warmer in the afternoon. after a long day of whatever it is we all do, it's sometimes really hard to want to lace up your running shoes and pound the pavement. you are probably hungry, tired and ready to relax for the evening, or worse yet have a lot still to do in the evening. evening running does allow the luxury of sleeping later in the morning, and for some of us that is a necessary!
i would love to be more of a morning runner, and i know that will take only one thing: self discipline. self discipline to go to bed the night before a little earlier; self discipline to set out my running gear the night before; self discipline to just get my butt out of bed when that alarm goes off, because let's face it, that is the hardest dang part right there. once you're up, your clothes are on, your contacts are in, and your water bottle is in hand, it's pretty easy to step out that door and go. the other solution i would suggest, other than self discipline, would be to get a buddy. i (CRY!) do not have that luxury here in north carolina, as i left my buddies in california who would get me out on the trails at any time of the day. but for those of you who can, make a commitment to each other. it's so much easier getting out of bed when someone is counting on you.
so, when do you prefer to run and what do you do to get yourself out the door?