When I first started running and through my first few marathon training cycles I always did my long runs on Saturday. It worked best for me and I liked the way it synched with my weekends. However, when I started upping my mileage (running both days on the weekend) and adding group workouts to my schedule this changed a bit. The last couple training cycles I have done a majority of my long runs consistently on Sundays, except when I have something special come up that I need to work around.
This past weekend I did my long run on Saturday and it had been a long time since that had happened! I was thinking about the comparisons all weekend of which one I liked better.
- It is out of the way first thing on the weekend.
- You can play the rest of the weekend without having to worry about your long run.
- You can sleep in on Sunday.
- You have to get up early on Saturday and go to bed early on Friday.
- You have to be in long mode prep on Friday night when you are tired from the work week.
- I feel like I get to “refuel” (eat whatever I want) from the long run for the entire weekend.
- You can sleep in on Saturday which makes me feel a little more refreshed and energized by Sunday.
- I keep my eating (and drinking) in order Saturday in prep for my long run Sunday.
- Sundays are good for being lazy after a long run.
- I only “refuel” for one day.
- Your whole weekend tends to revolve around the long run.
- Your Saturday nights are prepping for Sunday long run.
- Waking up early on Sunday, the last day of the weekend.
There are definitely pros and cons to each, and every once in a while I like to mix it up just to change up the schedule, but I think I really like my Sunday long runs. I like getting myself recharged on Saturdays, I like keeping myself in control over the weekend, and I don’t mind that my social life revolves around running. When there are more important things going on, the run gets switched, but for the most part, Sunday long runs work for me!
Are you a Saturday or Sunday long runner? Or a whole other day altogether? What are your pros and cons?