I mentioned yesterday that one thing I love about summertime is being able to run as late as 8:30 in the evening because there is still daylight. It’s also good that it’s light later, as this allows it to cool off a bit before I hit the road. However, running later in the evening often throws a wrench into my normal dinner routine.
In the winter it’s easy. As soon as I get home from work I change and head out for my run, so that I can finish before the sun goes down. Then dinner follows shortly after. It’s a no brainer. In the summer I’m often left trying to figure out whether to eat before my run or after it, since I’m running later in the evening. Barry and I don’t always run on the same days, which further complicates matters.
If I eat after work and before my run, I’m left running on a full stomach (even if I eat light) and you can forget about speedwork. If I eat after my run, I’m often eating after 9 PM which is close to my bedtime. I’ve read that eating close to bedtime can negatively impact your sleep and can cause slower digestion which allows your body to absorb more calories. That’s not scientific fact, as far as I know, it’s just stuff that I’ve read in the past.
|Have to get your beauty sleep|
For me, eating a late dinner on a day Barry isn’t running also means that he is left waiting around to eat and vice versa if he’s running and I’m not. Or we end up eating separately.
There are pros and cons to each option and I find myself flip flopping from one day to the next based on what I feel like that day. Yesterday Barry ate dinner around 6:30 because he needed to go to bed shortly after 7. I didn’t eat until 9:30 because I waited to run until 8 or so. Today I headed out for an easy 4 miles (9:47 average pace… funny how some days that’s an “easy” pace and other days it feels impossible) around 7 and then Barry and I ate dinner together when I got home. I think I prefer dinner after I run as opposed to eating beforehand.
FYI: Yesterday I realized I had that word recognition feature activated on my blog for people leaving comments. Sorry you were having to fill in those word phrases to post your comment! I deactivated it and immediately received two spam comments within the hour. Therefore I am now invoking comment moderation 🙂 Just wanted to give you a heads up on why that changed! I may end up putting the word activation back up (sorry, I know it can be annoying if the word doesn’t show up clearly) if there are too many spam comments coming in.
What time of day do you typically work out during the week?
What time do you typically eat dinner in the evening?
If you are an evening workouter (that’s a word now) do you eat dinner before or after?