What Time of Day Do You Run?

My sister runs.

She postpones dinner because “the weather wouldn’t be good after I eat”.
This sleep-loving antelope awakes at 5 or 6 in the morning to pound out a few miles before passing out on her bed again.

I wondered if others in the world, too, prioritized their runs with such regularity.

Yesterday, Runner’s World published an article by Robert James Reese, Dan Fuehrer, and Christine Fennessy. Titled “What Time of Day Do People Run?” the article featured results from a study Runner’s World and RunKeeper conducted. By gathering information from 77 million runs in 30 countries through RunKeeper’s app, they came upon these lip-pursing results:

During the weekdays, 8% of “ all recorded runs take place between 6 and 9 a.m. compared with nearly 32 percent between 5 and 8 pm”. Over the weekend, 32% of recorded runs “happen between 8 and 11 a.m., while just 12 percent of runs are logged between 5 and 8 pm”.

Pie charts comparing a.m. and p.m. runs on weekends and weekdays - credit: Runner's World

Runners tend to make their weekday appearances in the evening, likely scheduling runs around job hours. On the other hand, runners log more morning runs on weekends.

But how early do these runs average per country? And how late? What are the deciding factors?

22% of India’s weekday runs were between 6 and 7 a.m. while only 6% of the rest of the world ran then. Their reasoning? Scalding heat and dangerous traffic.

For the Swiss, lighting plays a major role. 10% of the weekday runs were logged between noon and 1 p.m. Why? The long winters in Switzerland make it difficult to run in the dark mornings and afternoons.

And lastly, the Chinese, Taiwanese, and Koreans like their runs in the evening. Structuring around long job hours possibly made vital by vocationally-centered mindsets, 14% of these runs occurred between 9 and 10 pm.

Do you run like the Indians, Swiss, Chinese, Taiwanese, or Koreans? What are the factors you structure your runs around? How early do you go out, or how late? Find the country whose schedule you seem to match best with by looking through the results available in the article!

Run on!