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Finding Balance Isn't Easy

QT: Finding Balance Between Running and Everything Else


One of the biggest issues that I have in my running is finding the time to balance my running with everything else going on in my life.

And from talking with many other runners, I know that I’m not alone.

So on today’s quick tip, I want to talk about ways to maintain a semblance of balance between “running, life, and everything in between.”

Finding Balance Isn't Easy

Finding Balance Isn’t Easy

The Obstacles to Balance

Everyone has their own obstacles to finding balance between running and the rest of their lives, but family and work or two of the most common.

And for most of us, those are non-negotiable. We can’t fire our families and we can’t just up and quit our jobs.

So we have to figure out how to make all of the things we want to do and all of the things we need to do fit into the same 24 hours.

Admittedly, that’s not easy. But it is doable.

How?

Well that’s the million dollar question…

Finding Balance is Hard

Ideas for Finding and Maintaining Balance in Your Life

Schedule Your Priorities:

Too many of us, myself included, prioritize our schedules.

Whether you’re using a written planner, google calendar, or some other system to keep track of everything you have to do, it’s easy to look at that list and think how am I ever going to squeeze in a run let alone train for a race.

In that case, you’re prioritizing the things on your schedule instead of scheduling your priorities.

You need to put the most important things on your calendar first, and let the busyness of life fill in the spaces.

You know when you have to work, so that goes on your calendar. And you know when you have to be at events for your kids, so put those on your calendar.

Want to find more time to run? Schedule it. End of.

If running/training is going to be a priority for you, you have to schedule it first. And then, you have to treat those runs (which you’ve scheduled because you view them as priorities) as such. If something comes up that isn’t a Grade 1 emergency, and honestly there are very few Grade 1 emergencies these days, you need to honor yourself enough to say that you have a prescheduled commitment at that time.

Invent Time:

This is one of my favorite tricks for balancing running and life: simply invent more time.

On the surface this sounds ridiculous, I know. But please, hear me out.

How much time do you spend during the average week idly waiting for the next thing on you schedule?

What am I talking about? When you drop your kids off at soccer practice or dance lessons or whatever it is they are doing, what do you do for that 1-2 hours in between?

Most people I know just kind of “hang out” during that time. Maybe you watch. Maybe you go to starbucks for an overpriced (and not particularly good) cup of coffee and browse FB or scroll through Instagram or text back and forth with a friend.

There’s noting wrong with doing any of those things. But if you are struggling to find time to run regularly, why not go knock off a few miles in that window?

If you do so, in a sense, you are inventing more time in your way. And would a little more time help you achieve a sense of balance?

I bet it would.

Get Up Earlier:

Probably the most common suggestion for those that struggle to balance regular running with life is to simply get up earlier.

If you’re not much of a morning person, this isn’t the kind of advice you are probably looking for.

That said, it works.

If you can drag yourself out of bed an hour earlier every day, not only will you get your run in but you might start to find that it sets the rest of your day up for success.

I’ve only recently become a morning person (sleeping until 5 am is legitimately sleeping in for me now) and the difference I feel for the rest of the day when I run first thing in the morning vs when I don’t is crazy.

When I run first thing, I feel better. I’m not worried about finding time to run later.

Don’t knock it until you try it, believe me.

Listen to the Byrds:

Sometimes, as much as you may not want to, you may have to shift your focus to achieve balance.

One of my least favorite songs of all time is Turn, Turn, Turn by the Byrds. But damn if that song isn’t spot on for finding balance in your life.

Point blank, you can’t do all of it all of the time.

Depending on the other non-negotiables of life, you may have to back off on your running some to stay balanced.

And that’s ok.

Nothing says that we have to be “all in” on running all of the time or else. Run for fun as you’re able for weeks/months/years, and when life allows you to focus more on your running you can do so.

That doesn’t make you less of a runner. That makes you a well rounded human.

And that is a good thing.

There is No Formula to Achieve Balance

If you’re looking to find balance in your life between running and everything else, nothing beats a little trial and error as you attempt to figure out what balance looks like for you.

And if all else fails…

Just Ask

This post/quick tip was inspired by a new member of our Facebook group that is new to running and trying to find that balance that we all struggle to hold on to.

She asked, and dozens of folks answered.

If you’re stuck, just ask. I can pretty much guarantee that you’re not the first nor the only runner in the world to be dealing with the same or very similar issue.

Start asking around, and I guarantee you’ll find someone with some advice that will help you. But ultimately it’s up to you to figure out what works for you.

That may take some trial and error, and that’s ok.

Finding balance is worth the effort, believe me.


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My Year of Running Dangerously by Tom Foreman

Tom Foreman Has Some Great Tips for Balancing Running and Life (Best Of)


Today we are taking a little trip down memory lane, and reliving my chat with Tom Foreman.

When this episode first aired back in October of 2015, I had many people tell me that they loved this episode.

If you haven’t caught this episode before, enjoy! And if you’ve been listening since Tom and I chatted back in the day, I hope you enjoy this trip down memory lane as much as I have.


The Allure of the Peculiar

Since getting back into running a few years before our chat, Tom has run a lot of different races. And some of his favorite races, at least at the moment, are the “odd” ones.

Tom Foreman

Tom Foreman Hitting the Trails

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Rebecca Tracy Running as Part of the Oiselle Team

Rebecca Tracy Finds a Balance Between Racing and Studying


You’d be forgiven if you thought that Rebecca Tracy might be burning the candle at both ends as she chases an Olympic dream while going through the wringer called med school.

But after talking to her, I think you could make a pretty strong argument that pursuing both demanding passions actually helps her stay balanced and focused one the current task at hand.

Rebecca Tracy Running as Part of the Oiselle Team

Rebecca Tracy Running as Part of the Oiselle Team

Rebecca’s Love of the Mile Runs Deep

Rebecca will be competing in the 2016 Olympic Trials for the 1500m distance, and her fondness for the history of racing the mile was made clear from the start. Read more

Melissa Gacek

Melissa Gacek Has Set the Bar High in All Areas of Her Life


Melissa Gacek excels in running and many other areas of life as well.

Melissa Gacek

Melissa Gacek

In addition to being a member of the Oiselle Haute Volee team of runners, Melissa is also a mom, wife, and successful entrepreneur.

Melissa has qualified for the Olympic Trials twice, finished in the top 10 in a handful of pretty popular marathons (including a couple of wins), and was an All-American in college.

Thanks to Jabra for Sponsoring This Episode

Thanks to Jabra for Sponsoring This Episode

Here are some of the highlights from my run with Melissa Gacek. Read more

Diz Runs With… Liza Howard


Stopping to pump breast milk while running (and winning!) an ultra marathon is just another day at the office for Liza Howard. I joined Liza for a few easy miles recently, and we had a pretty awesome conversation.

Liza Howard

Liza Howard-san?

 

Liza and I talked about running, of course, but as we both have young kids family and parenthood stories were topics we transitioned into as well. Liza got started in running ultra marathons basically because of the peer pressure of hanging out with other ultra runners and just getting talked into running longer and longer distances. And like I always say, peer pressure is no fun until you give in! Read more