Motivation on Empty? Make the Most of Time at Home

In a time when many of us would normally be getting ready for some peak spring races or some of us would be day dreaming about fall start lines, all of us are now dealing with the “cancelled,”  “postponed” or “in the process of making a call.” Covid-19 has likely thrown some curveballs your way. Whether you are being furloughed, have gotten sick, now have kids to homeschool or are working on the frontlines, we know these times are unprecedented. With that being said, I think many of us have viewed this as a time to work on what we can control. We understand that not everyone is impacted by the pandemic in the same way, but we hope to offer you some encouragement on how to make running a joy during this time. We spoke with a few of our RunningLane athletes on how they have managed their recent training and motivation. For many, they have a glass half-full attitude and they have been able to make the most of their training during this wild spring!

Make the most of your time lost in commute:

“The little things” are often neglected in training. Often, the 5 a.m. crowd gets enough time to run, shower and grab a cup of coffee post run and off to work they go. Stretching is often neglected, sometimes post workout nutrition is compromised, strength work is usually out of the question and often that 5 a.m. run means the alarm clock went off before you wanted it to. Chances are many are no longer dealing with a commute, and the typical morning routine isn’t quite as extravagant. If you had 30 more minutes in your day, how can you create some added value in your routine? You may not have the schedule of a professional runner, but take some notes on how they make the most of the time in their day.

  • Get 30 more minutes of sleep (AKA the best recovery tool known to man)
  • Make sure you have a post workout snack or meal
  • Take the time to get your strength training in
  • Foam roll, stretch, use your favorite recovery tool
  • Start work early and take a 30 min break during your day, stand up, stretch, go for a walk, etc. Don’t sit as often as you usually would in your office.

Notes from RunningLane Athletes

  • Some have been getting up every morning and doing yoga or Pilates for added mobility work
  • “I've been doing my strength training at more advantageous times because I can just walk upstairs to the weights instead of having to leave the office to drive to the gym at lunch time, or in the mid-morning between meetings.”-Kelsey Hodges  
  •  “Since I'm a teacher and have now transitioned into distance learning, I have much more flexibility with my daily schedule. Before the Corona Virus, I was getting up at 4:00 am every morning to get my runs and gym routine in before I headed to work. I just didn't have the mental energy to do it after working with 81, 10-11 year-olds! I do 95% of my training solo, so the social distancing really hasn't changed how I do my runs either.”-Barrett Holder

If your schedule seems more hectic:

While many people feel like they have a bit more time on their hands, many feel overwhelmed by taking on homeschooling kids or not having childcare options like they usually would. We understand that motivation can be challenging. Here are some tips on how to keep the running going:

  • Make it a family event: Whether you and your spouse start the run together or you do a cool down mile or less with your child, sharing the love of running with a family member can be so rewarding.
  • Clock out for the run: Whether you have 20 minutes or an hour, shut out thoughts from the outside world for your run.
  • At the end of the day, running should be something that makes you excited, but at the end of the day it is just running. Change your perspective during this time. Running is something you get to do, not something you have to do.

Other ideas to keep you going:

  • Join a virtual race (Check out our RunningLane Retro Run)
  • Explore a run location you have never been to
  • Work on shorter distances that you normally wouldn’t race (most adults have never ran distances like the 800m to 2 mile distances)

At the end of the day, we hope our athletes and our running community stay happy and healthy, but we also know that this time is a great opportunity to make some more aerobic deposits. Enjoy the run and the freedom of one activity that is not cancelled!


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Brandon York

When I finished my collegiate cross-country and track career, I felt burned out and unmotivated to continue running. As a result, I quit running for over 2 years and, as expected, lost a lot of conditioning during that time. I was out of shape. Eventually, when I decided to start running again, I needed a coach and motivation. Enter the guys from My coach Will lit the fire in me to get fast again! In a little over 2 years time, he took me from a high school level fitness to beating my college PRs in the 5k and 10k and even running well in longer races like 15k and 10 miles. With his guidance, I now have a realistic chance of qualifying for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials!

I firmly believe that this team at can do the same for you - whether your goal is to take down old PRs, win your age group at a local 5k, or be competitive on a national level.  They’re the best.