Fit Your Running Into A Busy Schedule

  1. Get up at least 30 minutes earlier. If you have a family – you can get your run in before the rest of the family gets up. I always run first thing in the morning for several reasons. It starts my day off great – and I get it done before something happens later in the day.
  2. If you have kids and take them to ball practice – use their practice time as your run time. You can run around the practice field or the surrounding area while your kids are busy with their practice.
  3. Get a running partner. If you have a friend that you run with – chances are that you will be more apt to not let them down by skipping the run.
  4. Make an appointment with yourself. This may sound crazy to you – but if you put your run time in your daily calendar when you are making your weekly schedule – you’ll schedule everything else around that.
  5. Be accountable to someone. Tell or better yet bet someone that you are going to stick with your running program. This will make you a little more likely to get it done.
  6. Keep a running bag in your car. By keeping your clothes with you all the time – whenever you have a half hour or so of down time – you can get your run in. No excuse that you don’t have your clothes or shoes with you.
  7. Run home from work. This is a great way to get rid of the stress of the day before you get to your family. Also, a way to beat the stress of sitting in rush hour traffic! If you live too far away, run before you start to drive home. You still get your de-stress time in and let the traffic settle down.
  8. Take your kids with you. If you the person taking care of the kids – you can do this a several different ways. You can get a running stroller. If you don’t want the upper body workout – you can run at a gym. Most gyms have child care and your can get your workout in while your kids are having a fun time playing with others.
  9. Get a dog. OK, this may be a little drastic. Maybe you already have a dog that would love to get some extra exercise. You know that you just can’t say know to those “puppy dog eyes”!
  10. Break up your runs if it’s a crazy day. If you want to run an hour – but don’t have that much time in a day – break it up into 2 – 30 minute runs or even 3 – 20 minute runs.