Running Priorities

We’re all busy people and running often just adds to the todo list. That’s especially true when there’s a race goal or other training program in place.

Making time to run is key in ensuring that you reach your goals. That’s true whether it’s simple fitness you are after, or if you have a big race goal like running a marathon.

It’s easy to say, I know. But everything in life has a priority that provides guidance on the order in which you do things, and helps you decide what to let drop off the todo list for now.

It’s Okay!

The best way to get your runs in is to put them where they belong on the priority list. Sometimes that will mean that running takes priority over sleep, or over doing the laundry, or cleaning the house. And that’s more than okay. Sometimes running will win over spending time with the kids, or your job. You know what? Depending on circumstances that’s also okay.

Conversely, sometimes other things will trump your run. Newsflash – that’s okay too. If you miss one long Sunday run in your 18 week training program and can only do 12km on Monday evening instead, it won’t kill you or cause you to DNF. If work requires you to stay late on a Tuesday making it impossible to do that tempo run, it’s not the end of the world.

You run what you can, based on where, when and how you can fit it in with all the rest of the things that you have going on.

If getting to Boston is all that matters to you, then running is your number one priority and make it so. Don’t let anything get in the way. The people in your life should understand this.

If staying fit and maybe putting in a personal best at a marathon in May is your goal, then running is probably down the priority list a bit. Some days it will trump everything else, and other days it will be dropped off the bottom.

Do yourself a favour and make sure you know where running sits on your priority list right now.