So the more adept I get (and I use that word very loosely, ok?) at running, the longer I run. And obviously, the more time it takes for a “good run.”
The trouble is: I am wearing my Program Coordinator hat. I am wearing my tutor hat. I am wearing my doctoral student hat. I am wearing my Professor Moroski hat. I am wearing my fiancée hat. I am wearing my normal-person-who-wants-to-sleep hat.
So how am I supposed to find an extra hour in the day, every day?
It’s not as simple as “making time” when three of your six hats follow you home and take a ton of time out of your evening.
I also would rather not dramatically shorten how far I run or the time I put in; I’m seeing the results I am because I am UPPING intensity, not shying away from it.
So then, that leaves me with few options. Do I wake up at 5 AM to go run? Would I even run well first thing in the AM when groggy and tired? I know a lot of people do this successfully; I wonder, though, if those people are up until 1 or 2 grading papers, doing research, etc. More likely they’re the folks that go to bed at 9. Well, no rest for the wicked, here. I couldn’t sleep that early if I tried, AND I have work to do. Every day.
I guess I need to make some decisions. Maybe an early run twice a week? and longer runs the other days? Maybe upping speed so shorter run gives better workout? I am aiming for 3.5-4 miles a day. This usually takes about 40, 45 minutes if I run straight through and skip my warm up walk. Add five minutes for the warmup walk.
Obviously I’ll figure it out. I just can’t imagine giving 100% to a 6AM workout, and letting myself down like that would make me feel just as crappy as not getting to run at all.
How do you guys do it?