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A Runner’s Diary: Finding Time To Train

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When you are training for a half marathon or a marathon, it is nearly impossible to find the time to train unless that’s all you do during the day.

I work, have a family, volunteer for several charities and blog. So when people ask me when I have time to train, I tell them I do it in between everything else.

I’m gearing up for the NYC Half Marathon on March 20th and am on a new training schedule that calls for short runs two days a week and a long run on Sundays. I started the training last week after being injured with shin splints for more than six weeks.

I decided to go slow. I started with two days at two miles a day. The first day, I ran on my home treadmill at around 8 p.m. at night after dinner and family time. The next day that I ran, I did it in the office.

Two years ago, my staff and I were on a fitness kick and I thought it would be nice to buy a treadmill for the office so that we could take turns working out. What I didn’t realize is, when you work out, you sweat. (I’ve been working out for years and never sweated before! But now I know I wasn’t really working out.)

So I ran in the office on our treadmill that is in our supply closet. It was extremely hot and I was sweating profusely. But, I did my two miles and ran to the bathroom to wash up. I wish I had a shower! Since I didn’t, I’m embarrassed to say, I threw on my clothes and went on my way to my next appointment.

Over the weekend, I decided to get a Keratin treatment in my hair. The stylist told me that I couldn’t sweat or shampoo my hair for three days, so I took the time to recoup. (That’s all I need to get those shin splints back! They were so painful and debilitating. I don’t think I would be able to do the race if they did come back.)

Today was my first real day of training. I went to the gym, ran almost four miles on the treadmill, quickly left the gym, went home, made some business calls, checked my emails and social networking sites, took a shower and raced into work to find that I had piles of built up work on my desk, including several phone calls to return.

Training is important to me. And running this half marathon will be a true milestone so I’m hoping that I can do it and complete it. That’s really all I’m looking for. I’m not seeking out my personal best, because quite frankly, I don’t have a personal best. I just want to run it and complete it and feel good about my journey and my accomplishment.

So when people ask me when I find the time to train, I tell them the truth–I just juggle it in. If I have a spare hour, I run to the gym. I guess it all has to do with what is important to you…

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  • Hilary Topper

    Thanks for your comment Phil…

  • Sometimes, I can smell something fierce after a solid run. I always know I’m doing well when the outsides of my forearms are sweating. Anyways, sounds like you’re pulling out all the stops. Good hustle.