Coach Culpepper: It Takes Balance

Pick a time that fits best with your schedule. Don't force training in where it just doesn't work. Photo: Corbis

Time Is Of The Essence

A predictable schedule and training routine is the first step to staying focused on your running amid your other daily commitments and duties. Stick to a set schedule for training (even if it has to vary on some days). It will help eliminate potential lapses in self-discipline, ensure predictability in how you feel each day, and it makes your running a priority in your schedule.

Choose a time of day that works for you and your schedule, whether first thing in the morning at lunch break or in the evening. Be honest about who you are and what is really sustainable. Forcing yourself to train at a time of day that just doesn’t work will not allow a consistent routine to develop. You will be amazed at how much less mental exertion it takes to get out the door when you run at the same time each day. Sometimes a day-by-day approach can cause training to hang over you unnecessarily and become more of a burden and less of the joy. But, by running at approximately the same time each day, your body gets into a rhythm and you will have a much better grasp on how you feel each day. Our bodies love routine.

o Make it known to family or coworkers what time of day you’ve scheduled to train.

o Pick a time that fit best with your schedule, don’t force the training in where it just doesn’t work.

o Routine and consistency can compensate for some potential deficiencies in a program.

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