Do you Run to a Routine?

Do you Run to a Routine?

I do. But then, I really like routine and knowing what is coming next. For those of you who like management-speak, I’m a typical Myers-Briggs ISTJ. I’ll bet you’ve worked that out by now!


I’m not much of a weekday morning runner. I’d really like to be, I know it would set me up for the day, and I’d feel really smug! But the thought of getting up early instead of squeezing out the last 20 minutes of sleep in my cosy bed it just too difficult for me.

So, I head off to work, and think about my run, before home time comes around. Then, I head home, get changed into my running gear and get out there. If I hesitated too much, or get caught up in other things, it probably wouldn’t always happen. After I’m done, I shower, download my GPS info, and have the evening to myself, which is great.

If I’m home at the weekend, I usually have a light breakfast, then head out for my run early to mid morning, knowing that I’ll have the rest of the weekend for chores, shopping, relaxing, going for walks, coffee, etc.

Recently, I’ve been thinking about mixing things up a little.


When it comes to race days, it usually involves an early morning start, which throws my routine. With a few halves coming up, and my first marathon looming on the horizon, I think I might benefit from changing my training, to help get used to the early rises. But, I’m struggling to make a start, and commit to a change! At the moment, I’ll probably continue to toy with the idea until after the wedding, and look to make changes then.

Have you ever changed up your running routine? How did it go? Did you stick to it, or change back?

26 thoughts on “Do you Run to a Routine?

  1. I used to run in the evenings after work but switched to early mornings late last year. It wasn’t easy and some mornings I have serious debates with myself about whether I want to get up and run at 6AM. It always feels so great having your workout done before you can really think about it but it takes a while to get used to the early mornings.

  2. I have to have a routine especially for running and swimming! If I don’t I dread it alll day! I like to get my stuff done early morning! 😉 Nice post!

  3. Your routine sounds very much like mine. There’s no way I can get out on weekday mornings so I’m an after work runner through the week then get out in the morning at weekends. For longer races I find it better to get at least a couple of runs in at roughly the time I will be running the race at to help condition my body for the big day.

  4. I used to run in the evenings after work, but I switched to doing it in the morning. I like it SO much better, since I’m a natural early riser (I wake up at 5:30am every morning without an alarm, even though I don’t have a job to go to anymore). I didn’t have a strict time to get to the office, so I didn’t have to get up at 4:30am or anything to get a run in, but most of the time my runs are so much better in the morning for some reason. Also when it’s about 5pm, all I have on my mind is a glass of wine and not a run, so it’s a good thing I get it done in the morning!

    1. Lily, you and I are the same. I love mornings and naturally wake early. I love the quietness of the morning and being out when not a lot of people are.

      I also then don’t feel bad for just going home after work and relaxing. My workout is done and no excuses not to go in the morning. No one needs me at 5:30am. 🙂

  5. We are opposites for the first time. I can’t get myself out the door in the evening for a run that is except for Wednesday night’s and run club. And i can do that because I have a group to meet.

    I am a morning runner. I feel light (most days), and it is the best way for me to start my day. At the end of the day I want to come home, eat and get into my jammies. The thought of going out again doesn’t appeal to me at all.

    I would suggest trying to change up routine and I am working on doing that with the group that I am doing stair workouts with. But again, I am meeting a group. Does @welshwookie run with you at night?

    It’s too bad working gets in the way and we can’t just run and play when we want to. 😉

  6. I’m much a creature of habit as you are. I tend to keep mostly the same schedule, but weekends usually get mixed up a bit depending on what’s going on.

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