The following outlines some creative time-finders:
- If you don’t have time to warm-up and stretch, just start with a couple of minutes of brisk waking, gradually easing into a slow jog, then a run.
- Run for transportation: Run to and/or from work (if it’s safe and practical), run to do errands, leave early on your way somewhere and have your family pick you up along the way.
- Get up earlier. Running first thing in the morning guarantees that it will get done, no matter how busy the rest of the day gets. Plans to run after you dinner, on your lunch hour, after work often don’t happen as planned.
- Make a commitment. Busy, overcommitted people have to be reminded that their time counts as much as anyone’s. Encourage women who say they “don’t have the time to run” to make time. Write down the appointments in their appointment book, explain to their spouse and children how important running is to them, so that the whole family can help make accommodations.