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Monday, December 31, 2012
Creativity key to fitting in the miles

By Summer Sanders

Summer Sanders

Summer on the Run is a 12-week blog and video series that follows former Olympic swimmer and avid runner Summe Sanders on her journey to train for Disney's Princess Half Marathon on Feb. 24. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, she will share training tips, and a little inspiration, as she gears up for the main event. Use hashtag #GoRun on Twitter to follow Summer and be part of the ongoing conversation.

Running twice in one day is a great way to fit in the mileage I need. I have to build up to get ready for my race in Orlando. It also helps me with time management.

I'm like everyone else. I only want to put on my running stuff once a day. I get that. But if I go for a quick 45-minute run in the morning, and then do my work and take care of the kids, I can often fit in another run later. It's worth changing twice. If I can do it, you can, too!

Make your late afternoon or evening run with the kids fun. If it's getting dark, take them to an indoor track. They can be your support team by giving you water and supplies. Get creative; do your intervals or speed training, and let them be part of it. They can cheer for you. After they watch a few times, they might want to join you for a lap around the track. Make it a family night!

Your first run of the day is your time. For me, I make that happen while my kids are at school. The second run should include your family, and it doesn't have to be so serious. Be prepared for change -- it could get cut short or delayed -- but make it a habit. If you include your kids, this second run can and will happen.

My situation may be a little different than others because I don't sit in a chair at a computer each day. My work day is all over the place. I'm often on the go, constantly racing around and running after people. That might mean our workdays are more similar than I thought. There's never really time to stop and slow down, so we just keep moving.

Some mornings don't go according to plan. On Monday, I'm supposed to do nine miles slow. I'm going skiing instead. I'm soaking up time away from work, which isn't bad. I'm not complaining at all, but I do need to figure out how to fit in skiing, my runs, grocery shopping and cooking for friends who are coming to our place for game night. I'm trying to do it all, just like everyone else.

Right now, I have my snow stuff on and I'm heading to the slopes. By driving to the slopes on my own -- my husband Erik and son Spider are in another car -- I can leave in less than two hours while they keep skiing. I brought my workout stuff with me, and I'll find a treadmill on the way home to make sure I do my nine miles. This is what I mean by planning ahead and being creative.

You don't have to skip the fun stuff. If you do that, you'll start resenting your runs. Of course, you can never skip family time. Being a mom and wife helps me figure out smart ways to make it work -- I wouldn't be happy any other way!

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