Hey Salties! Remember how I told you about my busy life and then all of a sudden had time to blog a ton and also run tech design and support for SR? Well in one short burst, all that has changed. I’ve been hired full time to finish up a job on a major motion picture shooting here in NYC, with hopes of continuing onto another big job after this. It’s great! But I’m back in the weeds, trying to cram my whole life in between 13-15 hour work days.
Where running is concerned, that means I’ve got scheduling on the brain. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from Assistant Directors it’s that it’s important to budget your time if you’re working on a tight schedule–and aren’t we all working on a tight schedule? Just add a little structure into your week and you may find that fitting everything into your day is a whole lot easier.
If you’re between races or have just completed a training plan it can become really difficult to squeeze in your runs, I know. Think about all the people who remind you to get it done just by asking “are you still running the marathon?” or by wishing you good luck. They’re holding you accountable! When the race is done and you’re just conditioning to stay fit until the next big thing, the only one holding you accountable is you, and it becomes a lot easier to make excuses. Without a goal at the end, running can seem like something extraneous that we do, something outside our “real” lives. But think about that long and hard; is running just an extra, or is it the main attraction for you? Taking ten minutes to plan out your week and think about how you want running to fit into it can go a long way toward helping you stay in line with your goals.
Frankly, if I don’t spend a little time planning my workouts, I will never fit them in. And I’m not the only one–the other day I was on the phone with Salty, who was frustrated that she didn’t have time to for training because of adding the sleep demands of her pregnancy into her busy days. “Maybe I should make a schedule or something,” she complained. I smacked my forehead. “Of course you should make a schedule! There’s no such thing as training without a schedule!”
Salty later packed her kids a lunch and they had a picnic in the jogging stroller while she ran 6 miles.
As an iPhone user, I have a great digital calendar that syncs between my computer and my phone. I plug my plan in once every couple weeks with an alert that rings each night telling me what the plan is for the next day. 7 easy? 5 mile tempo? I have it all laid out so I don’t have to think about it, I just work out what I have to do to get it done. If that means running home from work I do that. If it means getting up early I do that.
No smartphone? Just hate plugging data in electronically? If you have a calendar hanging in your house, just pick up a pen and write in what you would like to run each day for the next week, then check the calendar every day. That’s it. Plan done.
And another quick point: don’t beat yourself up if you miss a day or run a little less than planned for whatever reason. It’s no big deal, just pick up the plan again the next day. What’s great about base-building time is that it’s flexible – you want to stay strong, but you have a little more room to adjust what you run to meet your other needs. And if you’re so busy you can only run two miles, then run two miles! Something is always better than nothing!
How do you keep yourself going between goals? Do you use a schedule or calendar to help you stay on track?