My topic for today is: Five Ways to Be a Runner and also Work Full-Time
I know that if you are a stay at home mom, you are plenty busy and if you are retired, you also still have many responsibilities but this is for all you out there who have full-time job and are also runners:
1. Run Fewer Times During the Week
Let’s face. Your time is limited. You have hours where you have to be at work.
You probably don’t have the time to run more than 3 times a week. Maybe not more than twice. There may be busy weeks that you only get out to run on the weekend.
It really annoys me when it is sunny during my work day and then it is raining when I finish. I wish I could just run whenever the weather permits.
So make your runs quality runs and don’t be guilty about missed runs. You can try to make them up the following week.
2. Be Flexible.
We really don’t want to skip our runs. So it often takes some creativity to figure it out.
You can run before work, after work, during lunch. You may have to run on the treadmill.
Whatever it takes to get it done.
3. Increase Your Hours of Sleep at Night
Working 8 hours a day is tiring….stressful. Then there’s running which tires us out, as well.
It would be nice if when we were tired, we could sneak in a nap during the day.
Since that can’t happen (at least not at my job), you need to ideally get 7-9 hours of sleep each night.
4. Schedule/Plan Your Runs
This is especially important if you are training for a big race.
If you leave it to chance, you are less likely to get your runs done and/or get in enough mileage.
I put them on my calendar (and on my blog).
I pack my running clothes the night before to bring to work. If I plan to run before work, I lay out my clothes the night before.
These scheduled runs are just a plan or a framework. It doesn’t mean that I don’t switch days and mileage around. But it definitely helps me organize my life.
5. Don’t Forget About You.
I have a hard time with this.
I often am tempted to refuse a dinner or social invitation because I need to get a run in. Rather than relax with a book or watch TV, I want to go for a run.
Sometimes, I have to bring work home 😦
Plan to treat yourself to some ‘you’ time. That means time that doesn’t involve work or running.
This not only lowers your stress level (at work), but it also improves your running performance.
(Next week, I am taking two days off from work and not to run – to hike and to go to the Botanical Gardens in NYC.)
Happy Running! If you working runner, any other hints to add?