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Still pretty new to this, having started running in Feb with a C25k programme, and now steadily increasing distance and aiming for 10k. Ideally I'm trying to run every other day, or 3 times a week minimum. Problem is, I work 12hr shifts 3-4 times a week meaning I'm out of the house for about 14hrs a day, and I'm tired when I get home.
On C254k this wasn't a problem - I could manage the 20-30mins run after work if I had to, and in the early days of C25k I would run on consecutive days if I had days off work, since the work/effort required wasn't too much. On my 10k programme though, I'm struggling. Each week I'm trying to do 2 of the "Bridge to 10k" runs and one 5k run. I'm currently up to about an hour run/walking, so with the warm up and the walk back to the car (I have a 10k circular route that I love, and the aim is that one day I'll get round it all, but that day is a couple of weeks off yet) I'm out of the house for an hour and a half. It's just not feasible when I am up at 5am for work, usually not home until 8pm, then need to be up at 5 again the next day. When I do have time off I run, but, for example, I had yesterday off, and ran (had a lovely run, 5.5miles in 53mins) and I'm off today, but I'm not sure running that distance 2 days in a row when I'm a beginner is a good idea. I don't ache today but I am tired. Tomorrow I start a run of night shifts but have family duties in the daytime, and I'm away at the weekend (will be hillwalking but no running) so the next possible long run is Monday
I can't be the only one with weird, irregular 12+hr shifts, so how do the rest of you manage? I'd like to see your schedules!