Due to the fact that I haven't been able to get myself out of bed early in the mornings like I used to as well as the fact that the weather is now approaching summer time temperatures of more than 85 degrees each day, my only other viable alternative is to go for my runs at nighttime after everything has cooled down a bit.
Running at night is often the alternative that most full time working men and women choose. Because their day starts off early in order to get their kids ready and off to school, finishing up last minute-work, making breakfast, etc. , it makes more sense to simply do the bulk of their exercise at night. This isn't to say, however, that you cannot work out early in the morning. In fact, there are just as many people who work out early in the mornings, but at a price. Let's say that you do have children or that you work at a job that is located far enough away from your home that it necessitates you leaving yourself at least one hour for commuting. Then, of course, you also want to leave time for showering and breakfast. By the time all is said and done, in order to fit your morning workout in, you have to get up at four or five o'clock in the morning!
For some, working out in the morning like the aforementioned isn't a problem. However, for some other people, getting up that early means that there will inevitably come a point later on during the day in which they feel sluggish and worn down. Similar to running in the mornings, running at night has its share of benefits-depending on how late you are running. For starters, running at night is great during the summer because it is usually considerably cooler, you have less exposure to the sun's harmful UV rays, and the biggest bonus? There is less traffic to deal with- both from passing motorists who speed or who don't yield to pedestrians as well as other pedestrians who may be hogging up the sidewalk.
The downside to running at night is that you have to be especially careful. Depending on the area that you live in as well as the day of the week, you may encounter drunk drivers, rowdy teenagers leaving parties, wildlife such as deer or other loose animals as well as just overall decreased visibility. For this reason, whether you are running during the day or not, you should always wear a shirt and make sure that your shirt and shorts are lightweight and bright enough that other people and motorists can see you. Light colored clothing such as a plain, white t-shirt and a pair of running shorts with built in reflective fabric on the sides can be the difference between life or death if you ever find yourself in trouble. For example, if you live in a relatively quiet subdivision when all of a sudden, late one night, you hear a woman screaming outside of your home, would you have a harder time seeing her if she was wearing a navy blue t-shirt with gray shorts or a white t-shirt with black, reflective shorts on?
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