These last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind. The 4th of July hit and every moment seems to have to been occupied since then. Somehow it is July 20th today. I have NO IDEA when that occurred ha!
That being said, there is always going to be something going on. Whether it is work, your significant other, or family, life is just busy. To be honest, that is the way I like it. It seems most successful marathoners are people who are busy with corporate level jobs, families, and most often – both.
Unless you are a professional athlete, and it is your job to work out (which would be LIVING THE DREAM!) – no one is going to prioritize your training schedule for you. You have to make that happen. The key is to do that without inconveniencing your friends and family so much that they hate you. Because – you know – you want them around.
If you are training for a race, then you probably already have some sort of a training schedule created. If not, that is a whole other conversation haha! Look ahead in your calendar and plan ahead. The gestation period of your half/full marathon baby is probably somewhere between 12-16 weeks. The likelihood that you aren’t going to have things going on during that time period is basically nonexistent. So you would be doing yourself a favor by having the “suck it up buttercup” mindset going into it.
This week, I knew I was flying out of town on Thursday and wouldn’t be able to run or lift Friday or Saturday. So I did my long run Thursday morning. That meant a 3:00 am wake up. Monday through Wednesday, I ran and lifted. With the weight lifting, sometimes I will combine body parts when I know I won’t have access to weights for part of the week. This week, for example, on Monday I did chest and legs, Tuesday was back and shoulders, Wednesday was biceps and triceps.
Friday and Saturday, I knew I wouldn’t be able to work out, and THAT IS OKAY. Don’t let that freak out and derail you. This is where planning ahead is so important. You aren’t going to lose your fitness over two days of rest. So chill. Sunday I was able to fit a run in around Seattle. This is the most ideal kind of vacation run. Loose time frame, and a fun city to run around. This was so much fun.
I did go early. I knew that would be my only opportunity. Seattle is unseasonably hot, so I had great weather that time of the day.
This morning was A LOT harder. We have early flights, and I needed to run in the hotel. I didn’t sleep last night, and my stomach wasn’t loving dinner from last night. This would be the “suck it up buttercup” moment. I know I could have gone tonight when I get home, but realistically, am I going to do that? Probably, but it would be stressful. To me, it is worth a little bit less sleep to have it done with first thing. Some basics I try to stick to when traveling while training:
1. Plan, plan, plan some more.
2. Be ok with changing the plan 1 million times. Admittedly, I am not great at this. No one is perfect, right? 😉
3. Try to keep 24 hours in between runs if you can. If you run in the morning, do your runs then. Try not to do a late night run followed by an early morning run. That can increase your risk of injury.
4. Each training program generally has a speed work, hills and long run component. Try to keep those separated by a day. If that is not possible, really listen to your body when doing your workouts. Each twinge can tell you something. Ease into those days.
5. Keep an open dialogue about your goals with your family. Remember, they probably love you and want you to be happy HAHA. Be mindful of their wishes and plans and don’t let yours take over, but also get them involved in how you will accomplish the runs and/or workouts you want to do.
With love and tough love,