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03-18-2007, 01:11 AM
Does anyone run/walk/jog outdoors as opposed to on a treadmill at a gym or your home? I've walked at home but I think I might reap more benefits if I walked outdoors in the fresh air. I was thinking of walking out at 6 in the morning, as that's the only time I'd be able to workout in peace.

Does anyone else walk/run outdoors that early? I guess I feel a little worried. Do you see other walkers out there that early as well? I live in San Antonio, Texas. I'm just a little paranoid, I guess.

03-18-2007, 01:53 AM
Hi there, new here too. I am not a morning person, so six am is not something I am too familiar with, but I like to walk in the evenings here or after dark. Haven't done too much of it lately because of the weather, but I do love my nightly walks when it's warmer...and it's getting warmer here all the time. Anywho, I'm rambling, and you asked a question. My husband is one of those people like you who get up early...lol...and he see's joggers and walkers out at 5:30 in the morning on his way to work quite often...even in the cold. Good luck, Ciao

03-18-2007, 02:04 AM
CiaoGirl, I'm too scared to walk at night. Otherwise, I'd love to walk at night as well. :) Thanks for replying.

My reason for asking that question is that I've grown up in a country like Pakistan, where my family wouldn't let me step out of the house - and for good reason. It just wasn't a safe place for girls to go out alone. I know it's considerably safer here but I can't get out of that mentality, you know?

03-18-2007, 02:33 AM
I don't have a treadmill. So yeap, I do all my walking outside. I would love to get up and walk early like that. BUt goodness I cant drag myself out of bed that early. I have been getting up and heading out to walk by 8 a.m. of course by then my daughter is up and she goes with me. She usually rides her bike though. She tried to walk this last time but after the first mile was already tired so it's much better for me for her tp stick to the bike.

Do you go to a track or just walk on the road?

I usually stick with the road.

03-18-2007, 02:35 AM
Starla, I'm planning to walk to a park that's 5 minutes of walking distance away. :)

03-18-2007, 02:36 AM
I do both - I run at the gym and outdoors.

I go for a run most mornings around 6:30am and then most evenings after I finish work about 5:30 (or a spin class etc)


03-18-2007, 04:30 AM
I run outdoors.

Where I live, yes you'd see other people out early. But that doesn't mean that that's how it works where you are. I think your best bet is to try, and if you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, bail immediately.

FWIW, I wouldn't walk in a park before it's light out. After dark right after work, yes, but not before day.

03-18-2007, 06:09 AM
I work nights and am driving home during that time. I pass four parks and all of them have people walking and running early in the morning while it's still dark. I agree with mariamaria try it and if you feel unsafe or uncomfortable, bail. Do you have someone that can go with you for the first time, or each time? I think everything's less scary with someone else.

03-18-2007, 08:59 AM
I walk from 6-7 almost every morning. I live in a very small town and have a walking buddy. In the summer there are other people out but we've been the only ones during the winter. We usually have a cell phone and pepper spray with us just in case. We've never had to use it. One morning we both felt "odd" at a certain point and turned around early. Listen to your gut and do what you're comfortable with.

03-18-2007, 09:04 AM
Thanks for the replies :)

Right now its 7 am (been up since 6) and no sunrise yet. Gonna wait till then. :)

03-18-2007, 10:59 AM
I DID walk in the a.m., but I have trouble with mornings. But I was walking at 5:30. I was out in the country so I didn't see anyone else, but because of the hour and how dark it was, that did tend to creep me out a bit. If you're in a more populated area, you're bound to see others out at 6 a.m. Just stick to the more populated areas to be safe.

03-18-2007, 11:00 AM
One option is to drive around at that time and see what's going on, who's out at that hour.

Lee Ann
03-18-2007, 11:19 AM
i walk to work every morning, some mornings as ealy as 4:45 and i rarely see anyone at that hour, but sometimes i see people at 5:45 and even more at 6:45, but i live in a small town so there aren't that many people out ever. but i do carry my cell and pepper spray everytime i walk alone in the dark.

03-18-2007, 12:07 PM
I run in the morning 6 am now, but it will be 5:30 soon, its still before dark up here in the north. HATE treadmills will do almost anyting to avoid them.

I see other runners and walkers often

I do stick to the neighborhoods not parks until it gets light. Even if there arent other walkers there is enough random going to work traffic that it feels pretty low risk to me. Plus I am always afraid I'll trip in the park, the path isnt very smooth or well lit.

03-18-2007, 02:48 PM
I run outside as much as I can. I tend to do most of my "dark" runs with other people (I'm a member of a running club), but last summer I was often out at 5.30 or 6am to get a run in before work. I'm still often out and about at that time of the day and see plenty of runners out there, even in the dark.

I do prefer it to the treadmill, for the variety if nothing else. But I stopped running in the park the day I realised there were no lights, it was the first day of the winter it was too dark to see anything and I got chased by a dog I couldn't see...

03-18-2007, 05:15 PM
I used to walk outside, but I prefer the treadmill. I think I get a better workout that way, due to the ability to adjust the intensity with one touch. It is nice to walk outside every once in a while though.

03-18-2007, 07:59 PM
I much prefer running or walking outside... I have run at 5:30am and around here there is no problem at all... I stick to the main and busier streets and it's surprising how many people are awake and heading to work or exercising at that hour...

I think it's a great idea what someone suggested to go out in your car to see what's up and about at that time...