For me, summer is my busiest season filled with social events, spending time with family and taking weekend trips to embrace warm weather activities. While these are all great aspects of the season, I’ve recently had to focus in on my training and pay close attention to my schedule to fit in my runs. With the marathon just a few months away, it is crucial to make the most of my time to ensure I’m prepared for the race set before me. To do this efficiently, I came up with a plan to keep my training a priority while still enjoying the season.
Make the most of your mornings:
I’ve mention this in some of my previous posts, however, I cannot emphasize the importance of morning workouts and runs. We’ve all heard the excuse “I don’t have enough time” which limits opportunities. If you don’t think you have enough then this point will be helpful for you. Try making time even if that means waking up one or two hours earlier than you normally would. This extra time can be made of use to you in the gym or for an outdoor run. This time can also give you an opportunity to complete chores that you would normally do at night which would free up that time for a workout. If you’re not a morning person like me, try to do this every other day to be realistic with your routine.
Utilize weekends for long runs:
When it comes to fitting in those long distance runs, the weekends are the perfect time for this. Recently, I’ve been switching my long run days between Saturday and Sunday to accommodate my plans. I normally try to complete my runs in the morning before I start my day to get the run out of the way. Exercising on the weekends also fills you with more energy and gives you clarity for an enjoyable weekend. During the weekends, I also like to sleep in a little to be fully rested and ready for my run. If that particular weekend is going to be very hot, I will wake up earlier than normal to beat the heat. I like to plan out my long run during the week so I can properly prepare. The night before, I make sure I eat a meal with carbs and protein to fuel my run. I also avoid drinking alcohol the night before to prevent dehydration.
Workout with a friend or family member:
If you plan on visiting friends or family during the weekend and don’t want to miss out on time with them, ask if they want to join you on your run or workout. Most likely they will not be training for the same race or marathon as you, however, you can suggest that they join you for a portion of the workout. For example, they can maybe join you for the first mile or two of the run and then head back. If you’re planning on going to the gym you can also plan to do a few workouts together before breaking off and doing your own thing. I’ve recently started doing this with my brother on the weekends and it has been a great bonding experience for us. This time together allows you to positively influence each other through exercise and be an active part in helping them maintain their fitness routine.
Lay out your week visually:
In addition to my tips above, visually laying out your week is also helpful to stay on track with a busy schedule. I prefer to work on a week by week basis to be realistic with my plans and what I have coming up for that week. I also like using a calendar that allows me to plan and write out what I have so I can visually see it in front of me. This planning allows you to stay accountable for your routine and plans that lie ahead. This method of organization will leave you feeling more on top of things and less scattered during the week. Going into the day with an action plan is much more effective than seeing how the day goes before committing to anything.