One question I often get is how I manage professional running while also working full-time, where most professional athletes run as a full-time gig. For me, I don’t know what i’d do with myself if I wasn’t working full-time. I’ve found I have plenty of time in my day if I create routine and eliminate unknowns for my days. I used to wing how much I’d run, when I’d run, and where i’d run after work and this often led to me skipping days and having less quality in my training. Plus, i’d often procrastinate on social media putting off my responsibilities for the day. Now I like to plan out my days well in advance by creating tasks/goals for myself on a weekly, monthly, and yearly basis, which has made me more efficient and allows me to have more free time at the end of my day. Below, i’ve outlined what a typical day looks like for me.
- 6:13am – Alarm goes off
- 6:20am – Foot activation and throw running clothes on
- 6:30am – Out the door for a 30 minute shakeout run
- 7:00am – Hop in the shower and get ready for work (you know i’m making time for cereal)
- 7:46am – Head out the door for work
- 8:00am – I work at Berkley Technology as an IT project manager, where my days primarily consist of running meetings, following up on tasks, and general management of project completion and escalations. The corporate lifestyle allows me to sit down for a majority of the day, which is conducive to my running and resting lifestyle.
- 4:00pm – On workout days I’ll drive over to my gym, Aspen Athletics, or I’ll just head home for an easy run.
- 4:30pm or 5:00pm – Depending on how much I procrastinate (I always procrastinate) I’ll head out the door around 5:00
- 6:00pm or 7:00pm – On workout days I’ll finish a little later as I have more mileage plus I’ll include core and running drills.
- 7:00pm – If I’m feeling lazy I’ll grab a sandwhich at Which Wich or Pancheros burrito. If I’m lucky, I’ve meal prepped on Sunday to get me through the week. Otherwise, I’ll concoct a low maintenance meal as my motivation is pretty low at the end of the day.
- 7:30pm – Shower and socialize with friends (watch football/T.V., play cards, chat, and et cetera)
- 9:30pm – I try to read or do something productive to end my day
- 10:40pm – bed time
As mentioned before, routine is key! On workout days, I’m pretty rigid on not changing my schedule but I sometimes flip my longer runs to be in the morning or run later in the day if I have something going on right after work. This is where my weekly/monthly planning comes into play if I want to hang out with friends during the week. Otherwise, “day of” impulse activities rarely happen for me so I can ensure my quality of training stays on par.