So I was reading an article on Women’s Running about the truth about having “the same 24 hours” that I absolutely loved. It really was great breakdown about the fitspo type of culture that we live in and I recommend you give it a quick read. But it got me to thinking about some of the things that I personally do – in MY 24 hours – to make my running life a lot more manageable. Because let’s be honest, not all of us do have the same hours in a day but there are some things you can definitely do to carve out more time to squeeze those runs in. So I’ll share what I personally do, as someone with a career and a side hustle. Maybe it will help you, maybe it won’t! Maybe it will just be a fun read. Whatever. Ha. So here it goes.
–Invest in your footwear. I mean seriously a lot of issues with people’s feet/gait/all of that have a lot to do with proper running shoes. Find an amazing shoe that works for you and your foot. It won’t always be what your runner BFF is wearing. Personally I love Brooks Pure Flow and have been a believer for over a year now. Before Brooks I swore by Asics, but I think my foot somehow has changed and I’m rolling with that. Anyway, I keep a few pairs of these in my rotation. For me, running shoes are an investment but it’s one that super important. So keep lotsa running shoes handy and change them up on different training runs. AND if you are looking to save some money – this site is incredible and has so many models drastically marked down.
–Have some nutritious post run snacks/fuel/cold water bottle handy for after those early AM or sunset miles. I love to carry around things like fruit/nuts/dried edamame (my new favorite) and then my giant cold water bottle for after the run if I meet my buds so I can refuel in the car. That way I am not ravenous and can get my hydration on while on the go.
–Every runner needs community. I say this as someone who is very much an introvert at times. As in, I get excited in just being alone and having alone time. And I actually LOVE running solo (blame the only child syndrome) – but have learned as I’ve gotten older how important having a running group is. Really you have no excuse to not find people who run where you live. You just have to be resourceful. Local running stores, meetup.com, heck even search STRAVA and you will find your people. I am already am in way too many DFW running groups but I love it because I love to just bounce around and then it gives you an excuse to explore new areas. So yeah, get familiar, be social. Find friends that will push you and motivate you to accomplish your goals.
–Structure your run around the time you have available. Sometimes if I’m doing a double run day – I don’t have a ton of time after work and before teaching a class at the gym so I will turn it into a speed or interval type of workout. Get the best bang for your buck in the time you have allotted.
What are some runner hacks that have made your life easier?