WE all are busy. A 9-to-5 job, a school schedule to fit, kids to help assignments with, cooking for the family, feeding the dog, and then training to top it all off, can sometimes be a bit overwhelming.
How do you get to squeeze training in a whirlwind schedule?
Sit down on it, and plan it. Extra short runs will keep you going. Come race day, you will appreciate all the training you managed to fit into your hectic schedule. If ultramarathoners and triathletes were able to train for hundred milers, what makes you different?
Here are some tips to help you find time to go for a run, a swim or a bike ride out for a route, even if it’s only 20 or 30 minutes.
Time management: Write out a schedule. When you have written out the plan, you are much more likely to follow it than just being a thought hanging on top of your head. Post the schedule everywhere. Broadcast it for the world to know through a blog, put a copy on your desk, another near your dresser, on your door, purse or gym bag – even in your car if you must. Constant reminders are effective – it’s just up to you on how you’ll reciprocate. Forgetting will be close to impossible – it’s now your turn to act on it.
Visibility: Keep your running shoes and clothes in your car at all times. You wouldn’t know when time suddenly permits for you to head out to a gym visit or get blessed to take a route out in the park. Every so often, you may get a short window of time during lunch, a sudden cancelled meeting or when you’re through with the day early. If you have your gears with you at all times, all you have to do is change to those outfits and get out there.
Essentials: Apart from your running shoes, keep handy baby wipes, extra clothing and your comfortable flip-flops. When your BlackBerry suddenly informs you of a meeting, no one else has to know about the sweat you just broke into. You’re ready for any battle.
Wake-up motivation: A cliché goes: wake up a little earlier than normal. The most difficult thing to do, especially for those who struggle to get up from their beds every single morning, is to run before work. It can be one of the most stress-relieving activities. It also helps elevate endorphins for more energy and focus. Once you’re done with the early morning route, you need not to worry all day if you’ll be able to squeeze in a run after work. What a way to tick-off an important engagement for yourself early in the morning.
Tag another one: If you’re the type who’s into a lifestyle change and needs a little motivational push, tagging along or being with another friend would work tons of wonders. Make plans to meet a friend for a run, treat it as an important meeting (canceling is not an option!). Make yourself accountable to someone other than just yourself.
Best of all, be sure to make running fun, too!