1. Prep all your gear the night before.
- Make sure you have all your shoes, shorts, tights, jackets, water, and other necessary gear lined up so that you can walk out the door without spending time looking for your one sock, or watch. That is the ultimate time suck, especially when you don’t have time.
- Many people say that they need to be motivated by others to go train, but do you really? You might talk while you are warming up and when you are done, but that is about it. If you are really training, you can’t talk because you are breathing too hard. Taking time out for yourself is not a bad thing! Embrace the peace and quiet as well as focusing just on you!
- If you only have a certain amount time, have a certain route that you run. 30min, 45 min, 1hr, or 1hr+ this is a great way to take the time constraints out of the equation and enjoy the experience. Just go!
- Each run should have a purpose. Is it a recovery day? Do you need to do speed work? Are you going for endurance? Make sure you have a purpose for your run.
- Most of us aren’t going to the World Championship or Olympics any time soon, so don’t be afraid to reward yourself for a job well done or finishing a week of accomplishing your running goals. Have a beer, an extra glass of wine or dessert. If you don’t allow yourself these types of indulgences you will go crazy! Life is all about balance.
These are great tactics to save time, get the job done and be able to train stress free, all while reaching your goals. As a busy executive that travels, has kids, and still can compete with the top guys in multisport events, these tactics have worked extremely well for me. Efficiency, focus, and purpose are the keys to being a top athlete.- Ken