How Busy People Find Time to Train

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No matter how busy you are, I can almost guarantee that someone busier than you is training for a marathon right now! That’s what I tell myself whenever I’m feeling a time pinch.

In this new podcast episode we interview four busy professionals in the MTA community about how they make time for running and marathon training.

Our hope is that you’ll get inspiration and ideas from people who are making it happen!

Now let me tell you how the idea for this episode came to me.

How Busy People Find Time to Train for a Marathon or Half Marathon

So here’s how this episode came to be . . .

There I was poised at my computer on a ordinary Wednesday morning in September, doing what other people would be doing at that time of day, checking Facebook.

I suddenly decided to post a question in our private Academy Facebook group (what I call “our awesome online community”). Here’s what I said,

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As you can see we had a lot of comments. And it turns out, the level of education and brainpower in the Academy is staggering.

We’ve got doctors, cancer researchers, attorneys, radiologists, psychologists, chiropractors, engineers, tech wizards, bakery owners (yes, there is more than one bakery owner in the group!), coaches, teachers, business owners, dentists, ministers, therapists, consultants, military officers, and the list goes on!

I’m not surprised by the brain power in the Academy given the sheer size of my own brain. It’s the law of attraction at work.

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Anyway, in this episode we speak with four amazing people who are balancing their training with work and family commitments. Let me introduce them.

Runners Featured on this Episode

Screen Shot 2015-11-10 at 9.30.38 PMFoti Panagakos is a dentist turned PhD scientist at Colgate. As far as marathons go, he just ran Chicago, Marine Corp, and New York City and is working on a 50 State marathon goal! In order to get his runs in before work he sets his alarm for 4:30 a.m.. He can function well on six hours of sleep.

Screen Shot 2015-11-10 at 9.32.53 PMStacy Jones is the data editor at Fortune Magazine. She just ran the NYC Marathon, which was her first marathon, and finished strong. Like Foti, she also gets up at 4:30 a.m. to get training runs in before heading to work. She saves time by preparing a week’s worth of food on Sunday.

Screen Shot 2015-11-10 at 9.35.23 PMKristy Harris is Director of Legal Affairs for Harley Davidson Asia Pacific. She has lived in Singapore for 11 years. She’s also a morning runner getting out there early to beat the heat. When traveling she uses to find established running routes.

Screen Shot 2015-11-11 at 11.57.52 PMJabus Hamm is a contract instructor pilot for the U.S. Air Force. He’s training to qualify for the marathon maniacs running three marathons in 90 days. Jabus applies his military work ethic to “getting it done” in his training. He finds that making running a habit is better than relying on pure will power (which is a limited resource).

Our thanks to Foti, Stacy, Kristy, and Jabus for giving us a look into their habits, routines, and mindsets. You guys rock!

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