Stay Balanced: Manage your time, job and running!

Coach Casey · December 3, 2018

A major knock against running is that it takes too much time, and it’s hard to manage your time! Between warm up, running, and stretching, a normal run could take at least an hour of your precious time. If you’re passionate about running, work a full-time job, and want to spend time with your loved ones, it’s important to manage your time and balance all aspects of your life. Are you struggling with finding the time to manage your daily work, daily workout, and still have time for people and pleasures in your life? Here are a few tips that we’ve learned from years of experience that can help keep things level.

First, don’t think of it as a see-saw.

A see-saw denotes that while one side flourishes, the other falls. Allowing yourself to think in negative correlations limits your ability to enjoy all elements of your day. Instead, think of it as a workout (see what I’m doing here?). A workout is structured and linear; it allows for certain variations (effort versus pace, indoor versus outdoor). Each respective step in a workout leads you to the next part. The steps build off of each other in mutual promotion until you reach the goal. Coming to that end produces a ton of pride, joy, relief and ultimately exhaustion (bed time!).

Next, throw out a bit of your perfectionism.

There’s a lot of specificity in running and training. Getting things exactly right can be key to staying injury-free and getting maximal development. However, when trying to be social, maintain your job, and enjoy running, allowing things to be slightly less than perfect can be the relief that you need. It’s okay to do 35 minutes versus 40 minutes of running. If that extra 5 minutes allows you the time to get to a movie with friends or to work a bit earlier, it’s worth it! If it’s done safely and smartly then it doesn’t have to always be perfect. Everyone has a day when things just don’t break their way. On those days don’t be afraid to be imperfect so that you can really get the most out of what you have ahead of you.

After that, start small and build your way up.

A little bit of trial and error to get your schedule to be properly balanced is inevitable. Start with small changes and additions and work your way up from there. Instead of trying to fit in 90 minutes of running, 30 minutes of lifting, 2 hours of family fun time, a 1.5 hour pottery clinic, 8 hours of work, 30 minutes of pleasure reading, and time to eat and sleep every day of the week, start on a smaller scale. Take days off of lifting when you have your pottery clinic, or decrease your run to 60 minutes during week days and add some time on the weekends. It’s all about finding what works best for you. For the sake of your sanity don’t try and do it all at once. Slowly build your way up to full schedule capacity, just as steadily and smartly as you would build your weekly mileage.

Finally, live in the moment while keeping a basic routine.

Note that some things should absolutely be consistent parts of your routine and should be planned out — sleep and nutrition being the main ones. However, for a lot of your daily activities allow yourself to live in the moment and be present during them. Enjoy your seminar on oceanic currents! Have a blast playing paint ball with your friends! Express your culinary skills during your Malaysian cooking class! Whatever you’re doing, make sure that you live in that positive, enjoyable moment. Don’t stress too much about how it may force your schedule to be a bit more packed that day. If something comes up that is fun and will make your day a bit brighter, it’s okay to reschedule your run. If your run will make your day brighter, then by all means get out there and enjoy every step of it. No matter what has to happen later!  

Get started with Charge Running today and you’ll have tons of run options each day to fit your newly managed schedule! 

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