5 Ways to Run When You Have No Time

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1) Wake up early

Hitting the sack at 9:30 PM might be loathsome for your social life, but getting a run in before everything else in the day ensures that there are no excuses.

Commit to doing it once a week if your morning routine consists of a gruesome battle with the snooze button.

2) Use your lunch break

Forget the 3-martini lunch and start doing the 3-mile lunch. Eat a small snack an hour or two before you head out and fuel up for the rest of the afternoon after your run.

This is obviously only doable if you have the ability to not gross out your co-workers post-run (re: use of showering facilities or an excellent baby wipe routine).

Lunchtime runs are a great way to squeeze in a few easy miles without making huge sacrifices.

3) Make weekends work

If you can run Saturday morning and Sunday evening, you’ll not only benefit from nearly 36 hours of rest, it can free up precious weekday time.

Intermediate runners can do their long run on Saturday morning and then complete an easy recovery run by the end of the following day.

(MORE: Why Comparing Yourself With Other Runners Is a Mistake)

4) Schedule, schedule, schedule

Whether you use a calendar app or a paper day planner, block out your training runs each week. Figure out what time is realistic each day and if need be, have a back-up plan if things like work or childcare constantly throw a wrench into your schedule.

Give yourself an extra hour or two each week that allows for you to make up for a missed workout.

5) Stop saying you don’t have time

Did you watch a really great TV show last week? Did you read a bestseller? Did you play Candy Crush for just a few minutes? The point is, we all enjoy our down time. It makes us feel balanced and relaxed.

But even if you only ran 30 minutes a day, you’d still only be devoting 2% of your week to running. Some weeks are going to be more hectic than others, but hopefully you can find 2% of it freed up for a nice run.

Carissa Liebowitz has run the Boston Marathon as well as dozens of marathons and half marathons. You can follow her running adventures on StravaInstagram and her blog.

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