I don't work a traditional 9-5 job. I am currently working part time where my shifts can be anywhere between 6am and 10pm. I normally work 4 hour shifts, but lately I have been working 8 hours a day. With my work schedule constantly changing, I've had to be flexible about my workouts.
Today was my "off" day, so I made sure to try and get as many of my chores done, as well as my cross training workout (20 mile bike ride). That means I needed to do a few loads of laundry, get groceries, reply to a ton of emails, run errands, etc so that on my work days I wouldn't have to worry about fitting those tasks in as well.
For example, tomorrow I work from 6am until 10am and then again from 2pm until 6pm. I have an 8-miler on my calendar for training, so I am shooting to do that between my two shifts (as well as walking the dog, taking a shower, eating lunch and getting ready for my second shift). Friday is my long run, but I have to work from 10am until 6pm so I will be waking up around 5am so I can pound the pavement before my shifts start.
It's not always easy, but if it is important to you, you will make it happen (otherwise you will make excuses). Some days I am up before the sun to knock out my run and other days it's an afternoon workout to make sure I am staying up on my training schedule.
I may never win a race, qualify for the Boston Marathon, or get any faster, but GOSH DARN IT, I am going to put in the work. Training doesn't run my life, I run my life. And if running helps keep me sane in this crazy world, I am going to keep doing it for as long as my body will allow! Having to rearrange my calendar or miss a workout here or there won't be the end of the world, but I will do what I can, when I can and be proud of everything I accomplish!
How do you make sure to get your workouts in when life happens?