Now that the days are significantly shorter, so short in fact that they feel as though they are about half as long, it’s a challenge to go running outdoors in daylight. At other times of the year, I struggle with motivation, injury, snow or heat. There’s always a hurdle. Right now, the biggest challenge is that there doesn’t seem to be enough daylight hours.
So what can you do in order to find time to run in daylight? Well, something’s gotta give. Time to examine the old to-do list and see which activities we can skip or pare down to make time for running.
- Lunch. I’m not suggesting you don’t eat, although fasting does have several known benefits. But maybe instead of going out for sushi, you can take your lunch hour to get a short run in and then eat a sandwich at your desk later instead. Or chew on some bars while you’re changing back into work clothes.
- Shopping. Trust me that there is always time for shopping. As the holiday season comes, stores have extended holiday hours – some retailers even staying open overnight. There are also lots of delivery options so you don’t have to go shopping, even for food. Use that time to lace up your sneaks and run instead.
- Dating. Skip the casual coffee dates and the blind dates that lead nowhere. I’m not suggesting you skip romantic time with your significant other. Absolutely plan quality time with the people you care about. But after a run, when your endorphins are pumping, is a better time to meet someone new anyway – you’ll view them more favorably. And you can meet up with your pals after the run to share a refueling meal. Bonus points if you invite your date to share the run with you.
- Keeping up with social media. If you tag your pictures right, your workout pictures will get more likes anyway so the best thing you can do for your social media account is to go running and photograph it.
- Chores. Of course you have to do chores. Or so I’ve heard. I am a procrastinator at heart so I’m always looking for a reason or justification to delay doing housework. (That’s not true but it fits in with the theme of this post so let’s pretend it’s true.) anyway, chores will still be there after dark. You can polish the silver and clean the windows and sort the recycling anytime. Run first!
Running has a lot of benefits, whether you run fast or slow. And even if you have to sacrifice something, go for a run today. No one has ever said I’m so sorry I went running. In fact, you’ll be glad you did!