Over the past 4 years, I’ve done most of my training pushing a running stroller. On average, I’d say about 85% of my running is with the stroller. While at first I resisted (ugh, how can anyone get in a workout with this huge thing?), it’s now so natural I don’t even question it. Even while training for the last Olympic Trials, every run except long runs and track workouts was with my kids. Along the way I’ve learned some things that may be helpful to others in the Salty community. Read more >>
I’m six weeks out from my next marathon, training 12 hours a week, and running most days before the sun comes up. I’m surviving on McDonald’s unsweet tea and sleeping in my running clothes. Also, I’m gainfully employed despite the fact I keep showing up with dirty hair. I’ll admit, I don’t have kids or pets. I don’t claim to be the busiest person out there; I know I’m not.
But I am a fan of Hack My Life even if it’s just annoying comedians trying things we all saw on Pinterest three years ago when Pinterest was THE. THING. I like life hacks because fitting it all in feels next to impossible at times. Really, how do you hack your life to fit more into your day every day while still getting your miles in and juggling the rest of your responsibilities, including eating well and looking somewhat respectable?
Enter Hack My Life: Salty Running Edition! It’s seven life hacks to make more time to run.
In the spring, I noticed a trend after posting my training logs: immediate and crushing guilt. I could see plainly on the screen, and in the notes that I keep so religiously in my phone, that I wasn’t doing my best. I wasn’t pushing hard enough. In fact, I was barely pushing at all. I read other training logs and compared my own work to everyone else’s. Not in a negative way, but rather, invisible, positive peer pressure. I know I have a long way to go before I get as fast or as mileage-heavy as everyone else. That was not my concern: my concern was that I was only running three-ish days a week when I knew I could do better.
I was making every excuse in the book. I work odd hours. True. I live in an inconvenient location. True. It’s too hot. I’m way too busy. True-ish.
After having a self-intervention and lots of time to think on an 8-hour flight, I decided that the problem was that I made no time for running. Naturally, the only solution was running every day. Running thirty days in a row, in fact. The only remedy was a run streak.
You cross the days off of your calendar in anticipation. You start to pack, make a list of things you need to pick up at the store, and begin to plan each day’s activities. If you’re going to the beach or some place warm, your bag is probably pretty empty; flip-flops and bikinis don’t take up too much space … unless you’re a runner. If you’re a runner, half of your suitcase has been taken over with sports bras, shorts, water bottles, a watch, and those suitcase space hogs otherwise known as running shoes. Your friends and family ask, how much running are you really going to do? Can’t you just chill out for once and enjoy your trip?
Vacations are a time to relax and rejuvenate, so you may think it’s not worth worrying about getting all your miles in. If you are cool with taking a break, by all means do it. But if your vacation falls in the middle of your training cycle, how do you get in your runs without it being stressful, a burden, or causing strife between you and those you are traveling with? Read more >>
Running while on a trip or vacation is one of the best ways to get to know a new locale and so many of us make running a priority during our short-term travel plans. We throw in a pair of shoes and a couple of outfits that accommodate the weather and off we go. But if you plan to travel for more than a month, that tactic just isn’t enough. I should know… I am currently living abroad in Spain, thousands of miles away from Columbus, Ohio, where I called home before leaving on this adventure.
When you’re a runner planning to travel for several months to a year or more there are all kinds of questions to consider. What is the climate like? Will you experiences multiple seasons? What do you do when you need new running shoes? How do you build a normal running routine in another country? Is the running culture where you’re visiting drastically different than back here at home?
Now that I have been here a while, I have learned a lot from running daily in a foreign country, plus I’ve gained some hindsight on the packing and preparations for what I would do differently next time! Based on experience, here are some tips and advice for runners who want to continue their running regimens while traveling!
This may sound pretty obvious but… I love to run. A good heart-pounding, blood-pumping workout or relaxed, flowy mileage-builder can just really hit the spot sometimes, and I always feel better for having gotten it done. I’m sure you can relate. Heck, running is fun!
Except when it’s not.
About once every week or two I know I can count on having one of those days: I’m all dressed in my running clothes with a freshly-charged watch and absolutely no motivation to get my butt out the door to knock it out. There have been times when I’ve procrastinated a silly training run from 7am all the way until the sun starts going down. But hey, my house is spotless from all the procrastination tasks I did, so that counts for something… Right?
When my inner lazy runner makes her appearance I know I have to pull out all the stops to trick her into tackling a crucial run or workout. And don’t even try to deny it, I know you sometimes have the same problem, too. Lucky for you, I have a few Spearmint-tested, Spearmint-approved methods of self-coercion! Read more >>
If you’re anything like me, the beginning of March means you are now well into your spring marathon training cycle. If you’re anything like me, you’re also beginning to experience those nagging feelings that start to intensify when you’re in the middle of a marathon training cycle.
For once, I’m not referring to nagging feelings of injury; all is smooth sailing on the injury front. [*knocks vigorously on wood*] What’s really starting to eat at me right now is Guilt, yes, with a capital G. Early in the training cycle, it was a faint whisper, but with each passing week the nagging internal monologue grows louder:
Your running is selfish!
Your running is annoying to everyone, especially your family!
You’d be a better mom/wife/employee/friend if you weren’t taking so much time to RUN.
As runners, we are faced with scheduling conflicts and compromise. Sometimes running is inconvenient, and it doesn’t always just inconvenience us. Running can be a huge pain in the butt for everyone who relies on us too. Read more >>
I used to be a professional. I’d head to work at the tall office building downtown in my suit and pumps, but I didn’t carry a briefcase. Instead, I carried a gym bag full of running clothes, make-up and other sundries I needed to catch some miles during lunchtime and transform from a hot sweaty mess back into my lawyer suit. I didn’t think I was any kind of expert on running in the middle of a workday, but as I’ve talked to other professionals who also run, many of them can’t believe I used to pull that off.
But I get so sweaty!
We don’t have showers!
I don’t have time during the workday!
There are solutions. I know a lot of us are pros at making it look like we showered after a run without ever seeing a drop of water, while others of us know how to get in any number of miles within a hectic work week. Still others are experts at figuring out where to get in our miles from the most running-hostile office parks.
So today we ask all of you run-from-work professionals to share your secrets!
How do you get in your miles from work? When do you go? Do you have access to showers or do you have tricks for faking a post-run shower? Do you have good places to run from work or do you have to improvise? Tell us!
It’s after 4:00 in the afternoon; I’ve started some laundry, stacked the morning dishes, begun prepping dinner. The kids are actually playing with home-made play dough (I saw it on a toddler blog, and thought what the hell) together, peacefully.
Hold your applause, please. I take out my messy bun to tighten it up a bit and notice that my hair is still wet from my run this morning. I brush my cheek with my hand and inadvertently exfoliate myself with the salt crystals glazing my skin. I finished my long run, super sweaty from the humidity, about five hours ago. Yes, today, like more days than I care to admit, Showering lost to Running. Again. Read more >>
So you want to get faster, maybe break three hours in a marathon or maybe … just maybe qualify for the Olympic trials. No matter where you are in your running career, you can.
But, Jasmine! A lot of these competitive women train a whopping 80, 90, 100 miles or more per week. I don’t have enough time to do that. How can I ever be that fast?
You can. I want to put to rest the misconception that training for big dreams requires an ambiguously large amount of time and nothing better to do. The truth is that putting in the work to train at a competitive level doesn’t really take up that much time.
I don’t want to tell you that you can have it all. But even if you have kids, a demanding career, or need to go home every four hours to let a dog out, you probably have time to train as much as the average elite runner. Read more >>
Many competitive runners prefer to run without the encumbrance of a stroller. “It messes with my form,” they say. “I can’t run fast with it,” they say. “My running is my me-time,” they say. And, well, they have a point. Running with a stroller is not all sunshine and rainbows.
There’s the inevitable sprint-to-the-car-with-the-screaming-hungry-infant-stroller run.
And the run-an-extra-two-miles-searching-for-the-priceless-hand-knit-hat-that-the-kid-chucked-out-of-the-stroller run.
Or the OMG-when-did-this-route-go-all-uphill stroller runner.
Even so, I love stroller running (most of the time). Here’s why: Read more >>
If you’re a Salty fan, you probably know what it feels like for running goals to be at the top of your list of priorities. But you also know that, for nearly all of us, running can’t be the top priority. Sometimes life happens and you gotta take a break.
It seems to me that most breaks from training come when our bodies dictate a need, like during an injury or a pregnancy. Ginger just wrote about that yesterday, in fact. But there are lots of other reasons it might happen. Maybe you have to take care of a sick parent, or maybe you’re preparing to move across the country. Unless you’re a pro runner or are independently wealthy, you also might need to take a break when your career requires more attention–I recently did. And it might be heartbreaking to watch your running goals slip away even when your body is capable. But you can get through it! Read more >>
Sometimes it feels like there are simply not enough hours in the day. We work all day long, come home to take our kids to their sporting events, make dinner, help out with home work, catch up on laundry, and before you know it, it is bed time. But wait, what about that hour or more we need to get in our run?
It isn’t always easy to find. For me personally, it is almost impossible after work because I am tired and there are simply too many other obligations and distractions.
The solution for me has been to adjust to becoming an early morning runner. That’s right, I am talking about getting up at 4:30 am (or earlier) and getting my sweat on. Now look, I know even reading that will make a few of you balk, especially since this time of year it is dark and cold and unwelcoming at that hour. But hear me out. Early morning running has real benefits. Read more >>
There are moments when I’m acutely reminded why it’s so unusual for nursing mothers of three small children to attempt to become elite amateur athletes. Is it just me, or is the time of life when we are parents of small children a time when we actually have every excuse in the book for throwing our hands up and surrendering the fight? To quit the hobbies that make us ourselves. To quit worrying about our physical health. Definitely to quit worrying about how we look…just let go and slide that goldfish-and-peanut-butter-fed body toward the super-charged magnet of elastic-waisted mom-jeans with child-rearing abandon.
No! I will not wave the white flag of surrender! There are certain things I insist on doing or refuse to do in defiance of the mom-jean magnetic force! While I admit it would be way more practical, I refuse to drive a minivan. I listen to NPR in my non-minivan; my children are are more familiar with Diane Rehm than Raffi.
My biggest act of rebellion: I won’t give up my running dreams. But being ironic comes at a price. Read more >>
I realize that my week 3 log and report is coming directly on the heels of week two, but there was a lot going on in week two – and immediately thereafter, when I should have been doing my report.
So this week was a bit less eventful – eventually. It got off to a rough, then rougher start before fading into a more even keel by week’s end. Running itself pretty much blew chunks, but not a whole lot I can do about that right now. Read more >>
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