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11 Jul 2016

Seven Ways to Sneak in Running Time

This blog post was written by marathon enthusiast and coach Esther Dill and was originally posted on her blog, Marathon-Mommy.com. Be sure to check out more of Esther’s training tips here!

The biggest complaint I hear from friends who want to run but don’t is that they don’t have time to run.

Lack of time is one of the most popular excuses for missing regular runs. But when you do take the time to run, you may actually find that you’ll have more energy and be more efficient at getting things done.

Here are some tips to help:

Run Somewhere You Need to Go.

You can literally “run” some errands. Next time you have to go to the grocery store or mail a letter, run to the nearest grocery store, post office, or mailbox instead of driving there. (You don’t have to run back if you have stuff to carry, of course.)

Hit the Stairs.

Instead of waiting for the elevator, head for the stairs and start running (footwear permitting, of course!).

Run With Your Dog.

Instead of letting him out in the backyard, give both of you some exercise by taking your dog (or letting him take you) for a jaunt through the neighborhood.

Break Up Your Run.

Don’t assume that you have to run 30 minutes all at once. If you have 15 minutes to run on the treadmill before you start making dinner, go for it. Then, while dinner is cooking, jump on for another 15 minutes. As long as you do the segments in the same day, your body is basically getting the same benefits as if you ran all the miles in one workout.

Turn Off the TV.

You can fit in a 30-minute run just by giving up one sitcom – especially if it’s a rerun. You’ll definitely feel a lot better and you probably won’t feel like you’re missing out.

Or, Use Your Tube Time.

If you absolutely can’t miss your favorite programs, get in a few miles on the treadmill while you’re watching. You can use the commercials to mark changes in your incline or pace.

Socialize on the Run.

Some of my best running times are when I can meet a friend on the trail and catch up with life. The miles fly by fast. Instead of having lunch or coffee with a friend, catch up with buddies during a run. Set regular dates with running friends, so you’ll be more motivated to run.

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