Let's face it, running is a time-consuming hobby. If you’re an elite runner, you have the benefit of more easily structuring your life around training. If you’re like the rest of us, you may quickly find yourself burning the candle at both ends.
Training for a 5k won’t fill your schedule like a buildup for a marathon. But in either case, planning can take the worry of logging the necessary miles.
Include your family and friends in your running goals
Your unconditional support system. They have just as much invested in your health as you do. They will be your cheerleaders and that voice of accountability reminding you of the goals you set. They will more easily accommodate your demanding schedule when they are aware in advance.
Create a schedule
This is easier said than done, especially when you first start running. Take some time to plan how many days/ miles you want to run in one week, then break it down by day. In the beginning, we suggest one day of complete rest and one day to cross-train. At the end of the week assess what went well. Are there changes that need to be made?
Don’t ignore your hobbies away from running
Regardless if you’re an elite runner or not, we all have gifts away from running. Your mind needs a break from the monotony that running brings. You’ll find yourself arriving mentally fresh for workouts when you take time to immerse yourself in other activities.
Find a running buddy or join a running group
Although running is considered a solo sport it’s very much a community lead activity. Running clubs have been popping up from coast to coast. The social aspect of running with a friend can almost make you forget that your training. The conversation this leads will also ensure you’re not running too fast.
"Balance is not something you find, it's something you create." - Jona Kingsford