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Readers Respond: How Do You Find Time to Run?

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Updated May 14, 2010

Lack of time is one of the most popular excuses for not running. How do you find time to run? Share your creative ideas and tips with other runners. Share Your Tips

JUST DO IT!

If you know you have an hour to spare, GO FOR A RUN! You only need to do more than 20 minutes to start burning fat. You have to push yourself. I hated it in the beginning. I always felt horrible after my run, and I could barely do 4 miles. Now, I can run 9, and I feel great afterward. You have to stop making excuses for yourself and just go. Tiredness is not an excuse, and saying that work or some other activity was your exercise for the day isn't one either. Trust me, I used those excuses for myself many times. Once you can get yourself past that, you will be good.
—Guest Andrew

run during tv time

I always somehow find time to watch tv, so I decided to just run while watching some of my favorite shows. Keeps me running!
—Guest melissa

finding time to run

I usually run an hour or so. But if I know I only have 20-30 minutes I go anyway. Any run is better than no run.
—Guest Lisa

Share duties

My wife is a huge hockey fan. Each night when there is a game, I'm the one putting our daughters to sleep so she can watch the game. And of course, the nights when there is no game, as a counterpart, she gets the girls to bed... and daddy can go out to run. And since there is roughly 3-4 games a week, I have my running program (as soon as I have Montreal Canadien schedule)!
—Guest jb

Housework + run

The other day I needed to do laundry badly but I also needed a nice overdue run. So I took a "laundry break" every 2 miles on the treadmill... granted, the run took longer but was happy I got 6 miles and 4 baskets of laundry done at the same time! (something to do while the machine and dryer are going at the same time!)
—Guest Veronica

trick myself!

I purposely "forgot" to set my alarm clock an hour back once daylight savings time ended, so when I set it to wake me up a few days ago, I'd forgotten that it was an hour ahead, so I tricked myself into getting up early! I wasn't thrilled at 6am, but I sure was happy once evening rolled around and I'd already gotten 6 miles in that day!
—Guest mimid

Staying Focused

I'm still in school, but everyday I come home and do my homework immediately. I stay hydrated while doing this so that when I'm done, I can go for a run straight away. I always move efficiently through my work instead of lazily. Do it right, do it light. Do it wrong, do it long.
—Guest Vic

run at lunch time

I've been getting to work a little earlier and staying a little later, so I can take a longer lunch. I'm lucky that we have showers at work so I can clean up after my run.
—Guest mikef

wake up early

I've tried many different strategies to fit in my runs, but the thing that works best for me is to wake up 30-60 minutes earlier on workdays and get my run done then. If something comes up later on in the day, I don't have to worry about trying to squeeze my run in.
—Guest marathon runner

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