Happy Wednesday! So you know how there is a national holiday for just about everything? Well today happens to be National Simplicity Day! This day is observed in honor of Henry David Thoreau, who was an advocate for living a life of simplicity.
Simplicity. A “simple” word but yet very complicated. Everyone definitely has their own meaning of simplicity based on how busy they are in their everyday lives. Let’s face it, we’re all busy, so having a routine can help to make your life much easier. This especially applies to running. Here are a few tips that I have used to simplify my running routine.
Hire a Running Coach
If you’re training for a race, take the guess work out of your training and hire a running coach. Although I just use a basic training plan for half marathons, I knew that I needed a coach for marathon training. Because of the amount of miles, I wanted to make sure that I was training smart, and correctly. In addition, having a training plan helps you to schedule your workouts because you know what you’ll need to do on each day.
If you’re lucky, your coach will also become your friend. That’s the relationship that I have with my running coach, Abby. There’s never been a time where she hasn’t answered a question or given me encouragement. She’s also great at adjusting my training plan if a pace feels too easy/hard, or if I have a race. If you’re looking for a running coach, Abby is offering a summer sale – 10% off all run coaching services. If you’re interested, send her a message!
Layout Your Clothes
This is a great tip for a run or a race. By laying out your clothes the night before, it’s one less thing to worry about in the morning before your run. I don’t just mean lay out your shirt and pants/shorts. Lay out everything – literally, everything – socks, sneakers, sports bra, hat, GPS watch, running fuel, running belt, ID, money, momentum jewelry wraps, etc. I am ALWAYS worried about forgetting something, especially before a race, so I literally will lay out everything I’ll need for the run the night before.
Utilize Amazon to Stockpile Items
I have Amazon Prime and it’s amazing! Although I use it for a number of things, it can come in handy for keeping certain running items stockpiled. If you have a favorite running fuel or hydration product, you can order it from Amazon. They have a bunch of different brands available – Nuun, Tailwind, GU and Honey Stinger just to name a few. Even better, you can use their subscribe and save service so that you automatically receive what you need, and at a discount! For example, if you know you go through a few tubes of Nuun every few weeks, you can subscribe to get Nuun sent to your house automatically every 2 months. You don’t have to spend time worry about running low on a product you use all the time.
Do you have any tips on how runners can simplify their running routine?