How to Schedule Running with Unconventional Work Hours

If your job requires unconventional hours, it can be a struggle to find the time to run. But with a little creativity, even runners with challenging schedules can train to improve and reach their goals!

This week’s episode features a coaching call with two runners who work unconventional hours. While both have found a way to fit running into their hectic lives, we discuss strategies to help them continue to upgrade their training.

As an oncology nurse, Daryl works 12-13 hour shifts 3 days a week, in addition to her commute. She is on her feet for almost all of those hours, continuously working with patients. Tom juggles two jobs with one starting at 3 am, and on 3 days each week he has at most an hour to transition to his next shift. His work is also intensely physical in addition to the long hours.

Even if you work a more conventional schedule than Daryl or Tom, our lives are often frantic and overloaded with never-ending to do lists. Fitting in running is a choice that these two runners have made, and they are an excellent example of how to set priorities in training.

How to plan your training around a challenging schedule

Both Daryl and Tom have worked hard to fit running into their unconventional schedules, and their ongoing commitment is admirable. Our discussion focuses on how they can become even more efficient with their training, and make the most of the time they have without sacrificing sleep and recovery. Some of the strategies we touch on include:

  • The importance of dominating your sleep
  • Using cross-training to transition to a higher volume of running
  • The best options for run workouts with limited time
  • Where strength training fits in when you have a physically demanding job
  • Why adding short, additional runs can make you a more durable runner

No matter what your schedule, you’re bound to learn a lot from this discussion and be inspired by Daryl and Tom’s commitment!

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