As you may be able to tell from my lack of posts, the last couple weeks have been crazy busy. Work is busy, life is busy, training is ramping up and it’s all happening at the same time. My recent time crunch has meant that I have to be more strategic about planning my runs so that I have time to get them in each day.
- Run during lunch. I know this isn’t possible for everyone depending on your job but this has been a real time saver for me. Thankfully, my job is super supportive of my running and they’re happy to let me have a longer lunch to run and as long as I don’t have meetings in the afternoon, no one cares if I’m a little sweaty.
- Schedule time for a run. This seems easy but when you’re looking at your hectic schedule and see that you’re free, from let’s say 4:30-6, schedule in a run. You should treat the run just like you would schedule any other meeting. If there’s a specific time that you know you’re supposed to be running, it’s a lot harder to skip.
- Run commute. Logistically this one is difficult and I have trouble doing it most of the time but if I’m in a real crunch I do manage it. For me, running home from work (if I went directly home which is not the pretty way to go) is actually faster than taking the subway! If I’m running home, I leave almost all my stuff at work but my phone and wallet which I carry in my hydration pack and then I just bring the rest of the stuff home with me the next day.
- A short run is better than no run. Did you have a 20k run planned but a bunch of stuff came up and you don’t have time anymore? If you can, you should still go out there and run however far you have time for. Even a short run is better than no run!
- Run in the morning. This may seem like an obvious one but I find that it really works well when I’m super busy. I can get up a little earlier and be done running before most people get up. Then whatever happens during the day, I have already run so I’m worried about having enough time later on.
This is what has worked for me! What has worked for you? Do you have any tips to add to the list?