How many times have you heard, “I just don’t have enough time”? How many times have you said, “I just don’t have enough time”?
It’s true, time is just one of those things there never seems to be enough of.
From the time that my daughters were babies until they were 5 and 7 I worked full-time as a teacher at a Christian Preschool. Since then, I have been a home schooling mom. I feel just as busy as a home school mom as I did when I worked full-time. We all lead busy lives whether we stay home with our kids or work a job. It can be easy to let running or exercise fall by the wayside to the excuse of I’m too busy.
Here are some tips to help you find the time to fit it in :).
1. Be flexible with the time. I love to run in the morning, but in the winter when it is dark and freezing I don’t. In the winter I move my runs to lunch time. My kids take a 1 hour lunch and break and then practice their instruments for another 30 minutes so I have a 90 minute window to run. For some moms the morning is the only time you have. For other moms nap time works best. For some the evening is the best. Whatever works for you, go with it!
2. Schedule it! Make a plan for when you will have time. You will be way more likely to do it if it is planned. On Sunday I usually look at the week and see what works with my schedule. I have at times had to move long runs around to fit it in the schedule.
3. Be flexible with the workout plan. Running is not all or nothing. Just do what you can when you can. If you have 7 miles on your plan but only have time for 5 then do the 5. Sometimes things come up. I have at times split my workout doing some in the morning and some in the afternoon. If you have to miss a run don’t let it get you down. Tomorrow is a new day to pick it right back up again.
4. Meet a friend. You will be way less likely to skip a run if you know a friend is counting on you! Plus it will make the run fly by :). If you can’t meet a friend and you are really struggling ask one to hold you accountable :).
5. Maybe not everyone will agree with me on this one, but I say let the house go. If a load of laundry (or two) has to go unfolded for a while or the dishes have to wait then so be it :). Odds are you will come back more energized anyways. If you don’t, at least you will be in a better mood.
Well, there you have it! Hopefully this helps you find some time.
Wednesday and Thursday I did easy miles and today I did a progression run. I went back and forth on whether or not to do this run as a progression. I am adding speed back into my training and I want to be careful not to go over board. I didn’t decide until I was in mile 2 that I was going to try, but as soon as it felt too hard I was going to back off. I was really happy with this run especially since I was considering not doing it. 8 mile progression run: 7:58, 7:49, 7:44, 7:38, 7:29, 7:29, 7:22, 7:16. Courtney was at the door to greet me when I got home :).
Good luck to all who are running long runs tomorrow in freezing temps! Sending warm thoughts your way :).
I really hate cold, but I found this and thought it looked so cool!!!!
What are the temps like where you live?
Any good tips for finding time?