We are at the time of year where I am very busy with work + track, but also trying to train for my own races at the same time. My schedule changes weekly, which can complicate matters. When you read my weekly training reports, you can see that I don’t label what time of day I workout. Generally, I workout at any time of day when the sun is out. I’ve run at 8am, noon, after dinner; basically all the time!
One of my bad habits when it comes to training is becoming a bit lazy during the day and skipping a run in order to do something else instead. This comes back to haunt me later on when I’m trying to squeeze in extra KM’s at the end of the week, or even worse: jumping up in a long run to make up for a missed one. Last year’s half marathon training during the spring went this way and the result was breaking the “too much, too soon” rule and injuring myself.
I’ve noticed over the past few weeks that I am getting faster in my running. I am regularly running KM under 6:00, usually hovering around 5:30/km. This is because of two main reasons: making sure I get out and run regularly and concentrating on strength training. Although I still don’t run as much as most long distance runners, I came out of the winter season with a gradual increase in mileage, and in total the most I’ve ever run in the winter. Using my GoodLife membership, I’ve also worked out at the gym frequently, concentrating on developing stronger muscles. I’ve been really trying hard to keep up with my workouts and not slack off. The result is, I’m getting faster.
There are a number of things that I do to help me get my workouts in:
1. Gym Bag at the ready
I always have a set of gym clothes in my office/car in case I can get out for a run. My growing shoe collection is also spread out between home and my office. For example, today I finished marking projects early, and had 20 minutes before lunch of “free time” – so I went out on the path behind my school and ran 5K
2. Gym with childcare
My GoodLife location has JUMP! program that Max enjoys. We usually go to the gym together on Wednesdays after work for an hour. Max gets to play with other kids and all the toys, and I get to play with some dumbbells!
3. Snacks everywhere!
Another thing that makes me not want to workout sometimes is being hungry. If I’m hungry, I am more likely to want to just go home and eat a sandwich. In my desk I have a collection of yummy snacks and some cereal in case my lunch is not sufficient enough.
I rarely run with other people – but we do have a run club at school. Actually, I have to remember to take out a few of them tomorrow since they asked if we could go out and run. Having some people to run with makes you a bit more accountable to show up and makes the run less boring.
5. Something New
When it comes down to training for a half or full marathon – we all know that we get a little bored with the same old running routes. When training gets deep, we usually dread that long run: not necessarily because it will be hard, but because it could potentially be boring. When I trained for NYC: I changed up all my long run routes. I rarely ran an out and back route, but preferred to run several 5K loops. Except that last 20 miler when I ran the same 5K route 6 times. If running is starting to feel boring, you could always take a class or try some cardio equipment.
How about you: What do you do to make sure you get out there and workout?
This post was written as part of the GoodLife Fitness Blogger Ambassador Program, however all opinions expressed are my own