Monday, March 6, 2017

10 ways to Balance training with real life

10 ways to balance training/running with real life (in no particular order):

1. Write out your schedule! Like old school in a planner, on your calendar, anywhere! Write down your training plan, work schedule, appointments, date night etc. etc.

2. Be Flexible! Things can be moved around. Seriously. If you can't get a certain workout done due to time constraints well, just reschedule it. Switch around your workouts!

3. If you get off track or miss a workout DON'T QUIT! Get up the next day and pick up where you left off. Come on, be a little forgiving with yourself!

4. Ask for help when you need it! My husband will help by getting things set out for dinner while I'm running, or changing the laundry. Whatever I really need, I ask and he never seems to mind at all! One morning he even made me breakfast in bed just cause he thought I deserved it!

My hubby makes a GREAT breakfast!
5.If you need rest. REST! I see a lot of people on social media taking "rest days" yet they're still doing all sorts of workouts. Great, if you just need a break from running try a bike ride do yoga. But, if you need a REST DAY like for real, take it. Listen to your body and let it recover!

I skipped a run day to just go out with friends to eat and bowl and I am so glad I did!
6. Don't feel guilty if you have to reassess and modify your plan. Working full time, other responsibilities, relationships, and doing super high mileage may not all work for you. Maybe you're happiest with only 3-4 running days. Great! Just cause you aren't doing 50+ miles a week doesn't mean you aren't doing a great job!!

7. Fuel your body right! Eat healthy meals and make sure you are fueling your body with enough food for your activity level. But don't go overboard! Eat a treat when you need it and enjoy it!

8. Stay hydrated! This one is the one I notice the most. If I don't drink enough water, I feel it. I try to have a bog water bottle with me at all times and refill it throughout the day.

MMM Hydration!

9. Give yourself a goal. When you have a goal race, or a goal time, or distance. It makes it easier to keep going!

10. Most importantly, Figure out your priorities. If running isn't as important as your family, don't treat it like it is. Once you know your priorities, it'll be easier to figure out your schedule and actually stick with it!!

Ok, I guess this is really just a list for me. But, I hope it maybe at least helps someone in some way!

What is your biggest piece of advice for someone trying to balance it all?

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