Making Time for 70+ mile Weeks

Here is probably the biggest question I have received thus far:

How do you make time to workout so much?

Before I answer this question, I am going to emphasize I have been asked in a number of ways.  Sometimes from other athletes who are looking to up their miles (right on).  Some times from nonathletes who think I’m crazy (whatever).  Sometimes in anonymous snarky emails implying I have an eating disorder or exercise entirely too much(false).  Somewhere in there are a few people who are just curious. 

I can break it up like this: I don’t have a family.  I don’t have a family I’m cooking for every night or seeing every night.  I can go to my house after work and sit around or I can go to the gym.  Tim lives 2000 miles away…it’s not like by going to the gym before or after work, or going to bed at 9pm I’m missing out on seeing him.  My family also lives 500 miles away…

Most of my friends are busy at night.  Going along with families…most of my friends are in graduate school or finishing their undergrads and doing homework or taking classes at night so I tend to hang out with them Friday, Saturday or Sunday and when they are free.  For me I have that extra time right now. 

I also don’t need any sort of internal motivation to drive me to the gym.  I get there by myself because I want too.  I don’t waste time by thinking…oh what if I go..what if I don’t.  I just suck it up and go.

I normally try get a 10 mile run in before work.  Work starts at 9 for me and I’m up by 5.  I go to bed by 9:30 every night.  When you have a 10 mile run done before 9am…the after work possibilities are endless…minus when I am tired then I just go home.  That is that.

I know this is pretty short and I’m not really sure what else to say but point blank I make the time.  I don’t not have the time because I don’t have a family to take care of, other people depending on me at night and I have that free time.  When my schedule becomes less flexible…it won’t happen.  You better believe I’ll plan to run high mileage weeks, but I won’t have time for that extra cross training or weight lifting and that is fine.

Finally, my miles are running.  When I say I run 70 miles a week, I’m not running 50 miles a week and biking and swimming (as many triathletes…go you guys!).  I’m just running.  90 minutes of running weekly is still only 10.5 hours a week of running.

So that is how I make the time.

Question for you: How do you make the time for something you enjoy? (work out or not)