Happy Friday! Today also marks the 12th annual Run@Work Day, which is annual day hosted by the RRCA to encourage adults (and kids, too!) to get 30 minutes of exercise a day. I love the idea of this and it’s such a great initiative to get people moving while at work.
I think one of the hardest things about balancing running with your work schedule is that it can be quite unpredictable. You never know when a last-minute deadline is going to pop up, or how a work trip is going to impact your training plan. I know I always have good intentions when I’m traveling for work to workout, but some days, it just does not happen.
So, in honor of Run@Work day, I’m sharing my five tips for how you can balance running with work — today and any day.
1. Plan out your week in advance.
This is probably the best tip (maybe that’s why it’s #1) that I’ve ever learned. Generally I have a good idea of what my week looks like by Sunday, so if I know that I need to get up early for work one morning, or if I have something that will keep me out late, I can figure out what my workout schedule needs to look like. I try to be as fluid as I can with what days I do what (but not stacking really hard workouts) so that I can squeeze everything in.
2. Try out a runch!
I know that these are hard depending on where you work, like if you have access to showers or even if you get a lunch, but runches have become one of my favorite things! It’s such a great stress reliever in the middle of the day, and you can use ShowerPill so you can freshen up afterwards (plus dry shampoo… ;)).
3. Make it social
The one thing I struggle with is that work takes up a lot of time during the week, and when you are running all the miles, it makes it even harder to see your favorite people. Make it a social event… go for a run with one of your friends, or a group of them.
4. Break it into chunks
I just discovered two a days (I know, where have I been?!) and it’s been amazing. Instead of trying to squeeze in a 10 miler before or after work, it makes it so much easier to do two 5ers. Plus, it teaches your muscles how to survive on dead legs… which is always a great thing on race day!
5. Remember to be flexible
I know, there’s nothing worse than having some important workouts on the calendar and missing them… because of a work deadline or having to stay late. Don’t get mad about it, it’s just part of life and honestly, I think this is why training schedules are as long as they are… so that when that kinda stuff happens, you don’t get super far behind.
AND to help you balance it all and to celebrate Run@Work Day, I have a sweet giveaway from Nathan Sports!
YES, you can win everything in that picture… minus the girl, she’s not included (although that would mean that you can always make #3 happen!). GOOD LUCK!
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