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The Unelite Athlete

Making Time For Targets

 

Welcome back everyone!

So one of the big questions I’m always asked is “How do you find the time to do all your running?”

Well I’m going to crack this mystery with really simple, easy methods, that if you stick with, you’ll never go far wrong!

We all lead busy lives and let’s face it, the world isn’t slowing down, so fitting in everything is sometimes impossible. There’s work, family and friends, and that all has to be balanced with everything else that’s on your immediate agenda, and let’s not mention how catastrophic it can be when plans well, don’t go to plan.

Before you know it it’s Monday, AGAIN, and that target or goal that you had last week is put on hold and wasn’t done. Now you can either admit defeat and give in to the prospect of never having any spare time ( not my preferred choice ) or you can do something about it.

I try to get most of my runs done early in the morning before I have to go to work because it leaves my evenings free to spend time with my family, and because it makes me feel empowered for the day.

Who doesn’t like that feeling right? That “Yeah, I was up before the neighbourhood” feeling. If I miss a morning run, sometimes I can get out in the evening but, with after-school activities most nights, it can be hard.

If you want to get up early, the easiest thing to do is skip that late night film, or program that’s keeping you awake until midnight. Make sure you aren’t lying in bed reading your phone before you go to sleep ( unless you’re reading this, then read on ) and only set one alarm for the morning.

Loose the snooze button, we all like that extra five minutes but, one snooze can lead to many and before you know it, you’ll be brushing your teeth while tying your shoes or something crazy along they lines because your late.

What if you’re not a morning person? Then that’s simple to solve as well. Don’t panic, do your daily routine as normal but, instead of sitting in the sofa watching hours of TV until bedtime ( come on, we are all guilty of it ), why not skip that one show, even if it’s only twice a week, just to get some time for you. Let’s try something, if you want to…

I’ll set you a challenge until next time! Make 15 minutes for yourself. Just 15 minutes. It doesn’t matter when it is just one time in the next week. I want you to think about what you would like to do.

Set yourself a target, maybe you want to run, maybe you want to lose weight, or maybe you want to get a bit of confidence and belief in yourself. Think about it for 15 minutes. Then the following week, do the exact same thing. Get yourself ready to find time for yourself because we all deserve it, and we need it, especially in this day and age.

Catch up with you soon

Calum

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