I never thought there’d be a time in the near future when I would have to actually shove room around in my schedule for running. Today, however, I realized I was wrong. There is a time and place for everything. My time and place:
Attempting to see my friends, coordinate a cross state move, and put all the little moving pieces together has proven that in fact, tomorrow and Friday and Saturday, I may not get to run.
Three days without running? How am I going to be allowed to eat anything?
Did I mention I’ve been doing all of this without coffee?
So here are my friendly tips on how to sneak in runs during the moving process:
1. Get up even earlier. That’s right. Wake up thirty minutes earlier and hit the road. Your endorphins will thank you.
2. Try the middle of the day. Often, moving means you’re not working. So take that noontime run you never dreamed about and see how it goes.
3. Be innovative. So sure, you have a list longer than Crystal Gayle’s hair of moving tasks to get done. But here’s the thing: you can run between these tasks. Literally. This morning, I drove Ken’s truck to the dealer for maintenance, and then what did I do? I ran home. And that was my run today.
4. Don’t blow off your friends to run. This is a tip I struggle with, especially at times like this. Friends are forever. Running gives you injury, pain, funky hair when it’s drizzling outside, and sometimes funny smelling feet. So even though that run is calling to you, if it’s the last time you’re going to get to see your best friend Kristin, make sure you see her. That run will wait.