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Alarm betts: to join the early-bird club, put your clock on the other side of the room so you’re forced to get out of bed to turn it off

Over the years I’ve experimented with getting out on the trails at all hours of the day. There is no right or wrong time to go. Being flexible enough to run trails morning, noon or night means you are more likely to get out there. And breaking established routines is the spice of life that tempted you off the roads in the first place.

An impromptu run to work across the hills is only possible if a shower is working at the other end, though. (Sheep poo has a habit of clearing out crowded offices.) And the thrill from a great night run is buzz-killed next morning if muddy prints across the kitchen prove a deadringer for your trainers. So here’s what to expect when running at different times of the day, and some tricks for staying out of trouble in the process.


The morning trail runner is an irritatingly energetic bloke. You might catch him bounding home through the woods at the beginning of your weekend run. Usually, though, he is out soaking up a mid-week sunrise while us normal folk are still pressing the snooze button. He is organised, sticks to the plan and uses his time outdoors to order his thoughts for the day.

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About Men's Running

New to running? The February issue of Men’s Running is tailor-made for you. If, like many, your decision to dust the cobwebs off your trainers was driven by Christmas guilt, then signing up to a race, several months down the line, is an excellent way to keep that new-year motivation running high. And for that, our Ultimate Race Guide is a good place to start. Featuring 100 of the UK’s – and indeed the world’s – premier running events, you’re guaranteed to find a race that takes your fancy. And here’s hoping it will mark the start of a long and event-full running journey. It's not all about racing, of course, as proved by MR debutant Matt Buck, who embarked on a self-supported run along Portugal's stunning and appropriately named Historical Way. And of course there’s the usual blend of seasonal training advice, exclusive reviews, witty race reports and nutrition know-how – all of which, we hope, can help you make 2018 your best running year yet.