Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Time Spent on Workouts

I work out a lot. I have a bit of a reputation at my office as the crazy-workout-girl (seriously – I just ran into someone in the kitchen who called me that). My reputation has developed over a few months. I don't talk about running too much at work, but it's not something I hide either. 

Sometimes I pass up happy hours in favor of workouts. When people complain about the rain because it slows the Metro I might mention that it's also annoying for running, and when we go rock climbing my arms might be a little tired from the morning's pool run. No big deal...just facts.

A year and a half ago, I calculated how many full days of mylife I’ve spent running - at that point it was up to 1,780 hours , or 74.16 days.

In the past few months I’ve been doing less actual running and more cross-training/yoga, which takes even more time.

I don’t mind – I strongly believe that time spent on workouts is time well spent. For runners (and other kinds of athletes), working out is a lifestyle, not a chore. It’s just something I know I’m going to do every day. I definitely run into scheduling conflicts, but with some planning and foresight (and a willingness to work out at odd hours), it’s not that hard to fit running into any schedule.

And I think this sort of lifestyle is more common than most people think. Not everyone talks (or blogs) about their workouts all the time, so you may not realize how many friends and co-workers are also on the excessive-workout-train.

Obviously I have nothing on my marathoning or triathlete friends, but here’s an “average” week for me right now:
  • Sunday – afternoon run - 1 hour
  • Monday – evening run – 1 hour
  • Tuesday – morning pool run – 1.5 hours, evening rock climb – 2 hours
  • Wednesday – evening run – 1 hour
  • Thursday – morning yoga – 1.5 hours
  • Friday – morning run – 1 hour
  • Saturday – pool run – 2 hours, yoga – 1.5 hours
(All these times are estimated, and  I’m including warm-up/cool-down time, since that’s part of the workout.)

Week total time working out: 12.5 hours

What do you think? Totally normal, right?


  1. You are totally normal. (or my normal!). I don't yoga, but I strength train instead. Way to go on the rock climbing, someone else was just telling me how awesome it is! I had no idea you did that! :)

  2. That sounds completely normal to me :)

  3. It's an interesting question. Also depends on what you consider working out. I do about 10-12 hours of what I consider working out.

    But then I also do several hours extra of stuff that I consider "maintenance/recovery" but that others might consider working out.

    Examples include an hour spent with the foam roller, 20 minutes of very easy pool-running after each hard run, my Sunday restorative yoga class (basically coached stretching plus some some reclining poses). But a lot of what we consider recovery others might consider a full workout.

  4. I'm more interested in the "how much do you talk about running" at work or to your friends who don't run. It's like you know they probably don't care, and maybe they are fake caring. It's hard for me to not talk about it because I do it every day and it's a big part of who I am. I work out six days a week and always make sure I take a full rest day.

  5. I try to work out (run or bike/spin) every other day, and I usually adjust based on weather or schedule. There are still those weeks where I travel for work and have long hours that don't allow much flexibility. My schedule has kept me healthy and fit, and I hope to keep it up as long as I can.

  6. I agree with Beth. Normal. I've been hitting 15+ hours a week recently, but taper is approaching.

    I would add up how many hours of my life I've spent staring at a black line at the bottom of the pool, but wow...that would be sad.

  7. Thanks for all the comments!

    Dash - want to rock climb with me? There's a gym in Alexandria!

    Aka Darkwave, good point. I definitely consider any kind of pooling to be a workout, but I guess I don't factor in the approximately 4 miles I walk every day...

    Elizabeth - my solution to that is to have a lot of running friends, and also to write 2 running blogs.