When do I run?

This is probably the answer most people struggle to find.  Everyone is so busy already, so how do you find the time to run?

A point that has hit home for me in the last few months is this:  you’ll find time to do what’s important to you.  What is your motivation?  Is it important enough to get you out of bed earlier on a Saturday morning?  Are you willing to give up one television program to fit in a run?  Can your family fix their own breakfast (or wait until you get back in my case) so you can put in some miles?

These are questions I had to answer myself when I began running.  I worked a full-time job Monday through Friday, and had four children and a husband who were accustomed to a good, hot breakfast on Saturday mornings.  It took a while to adjust to the routine shift, but now my children look at me funny if I’m ever still in bed when they get up.  “Mom, are you feeling all right?”

I’ll tell you what worked for me, but I’ll also tell you that everyone is going to have different needs and schedules to fit running into.  If it’s important to you, then you’ll make it work.

I don’t run every day, but I average about four days a week.   When I was working full-time, I was off work by 3:00 every day, then I would pick up my two middle school aged children and head for my favorite park.  I would change into my running clothes in the park’s restroom, and let my kids know when to meet me back at the car.  They would hang out at the playground, read on a bench, or sometimes even run while they were waiting on me.  I would get my run in, pick up the two youngest from child care, and head home.  In the summer, when it was too hot to run in the afternoon, I had to head back out in the evening.  Now that I no longer work a full-time job, I run in the morning after I drop the kids off at school.    

Saturday mornings, I will tiptoe out while everyone is still asleep and that is my long run day.  By the way, they’ve learned to find their own breakfast, and it’s okay to eat cereal on a Saturday morning.  If I get back home early enough, I’ll cook up some pancakes and eggs.  That helps me refuel my body, too.  Sundays are usually a short, easy run day for me.  Depending on the time of year,  I’ll either squeeze in a run before church or go out in the afternoon.

If you have a treadmill at home you probably don’t have to go through these logistical problems, but I hope I’ve hit the point that you can find a time to run.  Schedule it in your day. 

The more you do it, the more it becomes second nature. 

Next up:  setting a goal

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