"I'm too busy" is a common reason why runners can't maintain a consistent running schedule or train for a race. If you're one of those people who find there aren't enough hours in the day, here are some ways to log some more miles.
1. Plan your runs at the beginning of the week.When you have a hectic schedule, if you don't plan time for your runs, they may never happen. At the beginning of the week (Sunday is always a good day for planning it out), look at your calendar and make time for running. It also helps if you make plans with a running buddy, so you're both held accountable. It's a lot harder to blow off a 6:00 a.m. run when you know your friend is waiting for you. And if you keep a regular running date, everyone in your life is more prepared to deal with it. So, for instance, the kids know that running with Michelle on Wednesday nights is just part of mom's routine.
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2. Look for wasted time.Track your time over a week and look for opportunities to avoid wasted time and squeeze in more running time. You may find out that you're spending several hours a week plopped on the couch watching television. Why not DVR your favorite shows so you could watch them a lot faster and use the extra time for a run? Or, run on a treadmill or do another workout while watching your favorite shows. If you spend a lot of time shuttling your kids back and forth to activities, see if you can arrange a carpool with other parents to save time. Or, try running in between drop-off and pick-up instead of wasting time driving back and forth from home.
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3. Make running a priority.Writing down everything you're doing in a typical week will also help you figure out what you're doing that you can really do without. Maybe there are some things you're doing that you're willing to cut out in order to make more time for running. Everyone's priorities are different, so it's up to you to decide what you can live without. I like to keep a clean house, but I definitely like running much more than cleaning. So I'm willing to sacrifice a perfectly clean and tidy house. Scrubbing the floors can wait -- I need to go for a run.
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