One of the top questions I get asked when individuals find out I have run numerous marathons/ultras a year is “how” I fit in running to my life. From an outside perspective I have “it” all together, but if you peel back the curtain my life is a hot mess 99.9% of the time. Truth be told it isn’t always easy and I don’t always fit in my runs.
Here are a few tips that I have found to help me stay on top of running goals when life gets insanely busy…
Be Accountable: Roughly 2 years ago I hired a coach to help me transition from the 50k distance to my 1st 50 mile race. I was out of my element with the distance and knew I needed guidance. A side benefit of hiring a coach was having an individual to be accountable to. I found the responsibility of reporting to someone helpful and forced me to schedule and prioritize my workouts throughout my day. Now, don’t get me wrong, I can schedule a run however life doesn’t always go according to my well laid out plan. Refreshingly though when I started to pre-plan my workouts into my day it was more likely that I would get the miles in. As a teacher and mom my day is consumed with caring and doing for others…when I did not put forethought into “when” I would run I didn’t end up getting the miles in. Knowing that I would have to own up to that missed work out shifted my mindset. Working with Nora (Team Bird Training) changed that for me.
Be Flexible: I refuse to give up on my running goals so sometimes that means I fit a run late into the evening once lunches are made, homework is done, and my kids are in bed. I don’t always get to cover as many miles as I would like in my late night adventures and that is ok, its life. Flexibility is the name of the game.
Be Positive: Rome wasn’t built in a day. Building up miles will take time and patience. Putting in the time will pay off, but progress may not be outwardly visible at 1st. Confidence will come with each training run and race that you get under your belt.
Life and running will not always be perfect or in sync, but the tough times help me to appreciate the good times…those runs where everything clicks and you could run for endless miles. “Embrace the suck”, “go with the flow”, and “live in the moment” – corny phrases that help me get through the business of life and balance as best I can. Without running I feel like I am not my best self which means juggling the hectic stuff is not only worth it and necessary.
#BeKind #BeHappy #BeActive