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Make Time

“In truth, people can generally make time for what they choose to do; it is not really the time but the will that is lacking.” – John Lubbock

One of the most challenging things about getting started in running is finding a time to run and sticking with it. Setting a consistent time for running is one of the most important things you can do.

If you do not have a plan for when you will run, you will get through weeks and realize that you have not been running as much as you wanted to. You will have family commitments, meetings for work, hurried mornings, and tired evenings. Running does not fit naturally into your schedule. You must make time for it.

Making time means making sacrifices. It means that you will need to block out time in your calendar and guard it. Keep other things from getting in the way. There will be times when you need to adjust your schedule. If you must make changes, plan ahead and determine how you will fit your running into your week.

When is the best time to run? The best time is the time that will not be interrupted.

Some people, like myself, find that morning running is the best. I like to start running by 5 AM on my running days. At this early hour, my family is not awake, work will not interfere, and there are few distractions to throw me off of my schedule.

Some people like mid-day running. Taking time on lunch breaks can allow you to be consistent. If you have access to a shower and your work schedule allows it, try running on your lunch break.

Other people run in the evening. You may find that you enjoy running after you put your kids to bed. The later you run, the less likely you are to be interrupted. One caution for late night runners: you may find it more difficult to sleep at night.

Whichever time works best for you, pick a consistent time and stick with it. Find three times a week that will allow you to be consistent and stick with it. For beginners, find three half-hour blocks of time with one or more rest days in between. For those of you who are ready for a long run once a week, find two half-hour blocks of time and a one hour block of time for your long run.

Look ahead at each week and determine if there will be interruptions. For example, if you travel for work or have some event on the weekend, plan ahead to determine how to shift your schedule to allow for three runs.

If you travel for vacation or work, you may want proactively find ways to add running to your travel schedule. Running in different cities can be exciting. Most hotels can provide you with recommended running routes for the area.

The bottom line: look ahead at each week and find three consistent times to run.