I leave the house at 6:30am for an hour commute. I do one of two things in the winter. #1-Run at lunch. I have an hour lunch and take my running gear and wash in the ladies room. (Don't knock it til you try it. I can at least get out in the sunshine and I am no yuckier then some people get on a normal work day) I get a 3-4 mile run this way and the sunshine makes me feel great! or #2-I run in a town that is on the way home and has sidewalks and street lights. (I change before I leave work and then stop to run in town and then proceed home to the shower) If the weather is really bad, I jump rope and/or run indoors in my basement. (It is a large relatively empty basement) I am determined to do what it takes.
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Right now I'm lucky that I can run in the early afternoon. Running in the dark for me would be dangerous. I could see myself tripping on something, etc. even with lights. This will be my first year running in the Winter. Hopefully the weather will cooperate like last year.
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I have a really busy and challenging job, but in the middle of the winter I usually try to run somewhere between 3 and 5 in the afternoon. My boss is flexible about my schedule, so I skip lunch and eat at my desk. I plan out 2 weeks of running ahead of time, so I'm not booked for meetings then. And most days, I'm able to just cool off at my desk and then go home in my running clothes. I work late to make up the time. It's usually relatively warm then, compared to first thing in the morning. And I'm MUCH more productive when I get back to my desk after taking time out to run (and have sometimes solved some really thorny problems on my run!). Not everyone can do this, but don't discount it if you haven't tried!
I am so glad you brought this up because I am the same way. I start work at 6 and end at 4:30...by the time I get home and suited up it's dark and I, too, don't run in the dark as my area is not well lit at all. I prefer to run outdoors much more than indoors. I think I'm going to do as indicated before, sign up for a gym and do the treadmill during the week and outdoor runs on the weekend. Not ideal, but I guess it'll have to work for now. Outside as much as possible, but the fall back is get it done on the treadmill.
I don't change my schedule at all. I still start my run around 4:30-5:00 AM. However, I live around the corner from one of the major hospitals in the city, and on the next block, there's a big commercial district, so my route is a very well-lit area, so even when it's dark out, I run.
I leave the house by 6:45am and do not get home until after 5:00. It only leaves an hour of light, and after I change into my running clothes, that doesn't leave much time at all. I won't run in the dark by myself. Usually I either get up an hour early (yes, before 4:30am, ugghh) and run on the treadmill, or I run on the treadmill in the evening. On the weekends I am outside, regardless of the weather.
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So like most runners I have an 8-5 jobs. Which puts me leaving my house around 7:30 and getting home around 5:30. I have really enjoy running outside and I find it so much easier than running on a treadmill.
The problem is in the morning it doesn't get light until around 6:30 (which doesn't leave me a lot of time to run, shower, eat, and leave for work) and it gets dark around 5:30 so I don't have light in the evening to run.
So what does everyone else do? When do you schedule your run in the winter?
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