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Christine Luff

How to Balance Running and Family Visits

By November 24, 2013

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Finding time for runs is a common concern this time of year, especially when you're traveling for the holidays or you've got a houseful of overnight guests. Here are some tips for squeezing in some runs, whether you're staying with family or your house has been invaded by relatives:

Plan ahead. Before you arrive at your relative's place or your family members get to your house, let your relatives know that you're going to want to run during the visit. They'll appreciate the advance notice and they may enjoy the free time when they don't have to feel pressure to constantly entertain or socialize.

Cut back on your mileage. Even if you're close to your peak mileage for marathon training, you should have some rest weeks factored into your schedule. Use your family visiting time as an opportunity to give yourself a recovery week. You'll still be able to run and maintain your fitness, but you won't have to disappear for hours at a time to get a long run in.

Ask other family members to join you. Even if no one else in the family runs, you can head to a local trail or track and see if anyone wants to walk while you run. You might be surprised to find out that other family members are looking for an excuse to get out of the house and be active. Going for a run or enjoying the outdoors together could be a great bonding experience.

Run early in the morning. You're less likely to disturb family plans if you run first thing in the morning, rather than trying to squeeze it in sometime during the day. Try to get out the door before the rest of the house wakes up.

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