Yitka Winn June 26, 2013 TWEET COMMENTS 6

Balancing Miles and Sanity (+ Win Petzl Headlamp!)

10 “life hacks” for squeezing in miles from Trophy Series runners and Trail Runner readers

Genia Kacey of Sultan, Washington, running Rainshadow Running's Sun Mountain 50-miler. Photo by Glenn Tachiyama

Finding a way to fit running into our daily lives can sometimes be quite the creative challenge. Between work, school, families, our social lives and other obligations, our trail runs often have a lot with which to compete. And for those of us who can’t reach trailheads right from our doorstep, “trail-commute” time adds to the challenge.

So we reached out for some tips on how to fit it all in. We spoke with Genia Kacey, 37, of Sultan, Washington, who is currently on the leaderboard for the Trail Runner Trophy Series "Mile Mogul" category, with 150 Series miles run thus far. The top woman and man who run the most Series miles this season, along with the woman and man who tick the most Series races, will win free entry into next year’s TransRockies Run3.

We also asked our Facebook followers to chime in on how many weekly miles they typically fit into their schedules, and where the find (or how they create!) the time. Below are 10 tips for making it all work.

1. Wake Up Early. Like, Really Early.
When it comes to trail running, early bird really does get the worm. Says Kacey, “I get my long trail runs in on the weekends … get up bright and early and shoot for 20 to 30 miles before the family gets up.”

On our Facebook page, Amy Rosenbaum Clark, who gets in 40 to 60 miles a week, wrote, “The 4 a.m. wakeup is the ticket.” Larry Adams, a fellow 4 a.m. riser, typically runs 75-to-100-mile weeks.

2. Or … Stay Up Late
On our Facebook page, Sean Dunlap said he aims for at least 30 miles a week, and runs at night, after his kids have fallen asleep.

3. Run Lower Mileage, Ramp Up for Races
100-plus-mile training weeks might be doable for those whose full-time job is running. For the rest of us, ramping up to higher-mileage weeks before specific races can be a more practical strategy. Kacey says she aims for 40-mile weeks regularly, but will try to bump up to 70 miles a week preceding 50-to-100-mile races.

4. Split Up Your Training
Says Kacey, “I work full time as an insurance agent at a sit-down cubicle job, so I split up my training. I run five miles on my lunch break and five more after I put my youngest [age six] to bed.”

Anne Crispino-Taylor, who runs from 30 to 70 miles a week, also works full time, and says she often runs doubles in order to squeeze the miles in. “I run home from work (4.7 miles) a couple of days a week, then grab the dog and put in a few more miles. I run to work one day a week. I run at lunch a few days a week. Then, on the weekend I put in long days. And, I also use races as training runs.”

5. Run at Soccer Practice
Practice your sport while your kids practice theirs! Says Kacey, whose oldest daughter played soccer all through high school, “Many years, I ran around the high-school track during my daughter's two to three hours of soccer practice.”

Facebook follower Leigh Elizabeth Adams, who typically runs 50 miles a week, agrees: “You get creative juggling family and work. I have run at many soccer practices.”


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