Readers Roundtable: How Do You Fit in the Extras?

resistance bands make strength training easyMake sure your glutes aren’t lazy!

Stretch after every run!

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Over the weekend a bunch of us Saltines got together at our first ever Salty Camp! Woo! It was a super fun weekend of running, giggling, and teaching and learning. Poppy helped us understand anatomy and what little things we could do ourselves toย keep our soft tissues healthy. Ginger explained how mindfulness could enhance our running and our lives. And Barley showed us how easy it can be to get in strength work anywhere.

I definitely learned a lot, but was wondering how easy it will be to squeeze these new things I learned into my normal life. Between running all the miles and, well, life, it’s hard to get in all the little extras.

How do you get it in? Do you activate your glutes at stop lights? Do you foam roll while watching the Daily Show? Do you stretch while the kids play on the playground?

Salty Running boss and mother of 3 little ones with PRs of 3:10:15 (26.2), 1:25:59 (13.1) and 18:15 (5k). I love to write about running culture, mental training, and fitting in a serious running habit with the rest of a busy life.

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  1. I set *realistic* goals for these extras. I found I was being too hard on myself when I wasn’t reaching unrealistic expectations I had set for myself (e.g., core work everyday!). We are all guilty of being over ambitious at the beginning of a training cycle, right? For example, I aim to cross train two times a week – very doable.

    1. I’ll give myself the “every day” speech and do well for about 3 days and then FAIL. My problem, though, is if I *only* need to do it two days a week, I’ll put it off and put it off and forget to do it :/

  2. I keep a towel and lacrosse balls at work. Sounds odd, but I use the towel for in office yoga and the balls for pressure point massage. Nothing too intense, but it keeps me from stiffening up and I feel a heck of a lot better after 15 min of yoga at lunch.

  3. Often I have to find something I want to do less than strength train, and then give myself the choice. Laundry or strength training? Cleaning the fridge or strength training? Taking my wine bottle collection to the recycling bin, or strength training?

    1. Genius! Vaccuum or core? Clean the cast iron skillet after cooking fish or lunges? Scrub my son’s pee out of the grout around the upstairs toilet or foam roll?

  4. I have a Trigger Point mini roller that I drag around everywhere and use in the office (door closed!). I also got certified to teach Pilates and have three classes a week, so instant core. My struggle is in drills. It’s either sleep 15 more minutes or do drills … and sleep wins. Every time.

  5. To a certain extent, I just assume that certain times of the year are going to be heavy on the running, lighter on the ancillary stuff. (For me that tends to be late summer/fall, because who can pass up September and October for miles and miles.) I just hope that diligent work the rest of the year can pull me through, but that has admittedly become less true as I have aged. Truly, I find that the best way to get it in is to set my alarm early and get it done first thing. But I would still rather be running.

    1. I also have no issues with being the mom doing single leg balance work and squats while my kids are in swim lessons or playing soccer or at gymnastics. I have, in fact, planked on the pool deck during swim lessons and been given dirty looks. Single leg balance stuff works in line at the grocery store, too.

  6. I often do core on the floor of my daughter’s bedroom while she’s getting ready for bed / waiting to fall asleep, or on the bathmat while my kids are in the tub. I sometimes do planks or pushups at the park … but only if we’re the only ones at the playground! I’ve taken the approach that even 5 minutes is better than no minutes. If I do 10-15 minutes of core 3 times per week, I’m happy.