Last Friday, I talked about why I choose to subscribe to ClassPass while training for races. Today, I thought I’d talk about how I fit many of those classes in before work, even though I’m not a morning person. I’m often asked how I work full time, manage a blog, and train for races. My answer is always that I don’t have time for it, I make time for it. You can always make time for things that are important to you. This isn’t meant to be a “day in the life” post, but it is fascinating to learn how people go about their day in different cities. Keep reading to learn how I prep for and fit in my cross training.
The Week Before — This is when I consult my training schedule in Google Sheets (like online Microsoft Excel) to see which class type I need to book for the following week. As I said in my last post, I book classes one week before to ensure that I can get a spot. If I’m unsure about my schedule or don’t see open classes that I want to take, I’ll wait and book 12 hours beforehand when people drop classes before the cancel deadline. Lately, I’ve been taking running, strength, yoga, and barre classes each week. I live uptown and work downtown, so I choose studios that are anywhere on my commute to work. I also make sure that the studio has a shower (many do), as I go directly to work from class. If you’re thinking about registering for ClassPass, receive $10 OFF your first month!
The Night Before — Packing for both class and work the night before is routine for me now, but it takes practice. Thinking about which class type I’m taking, I’ll lay out my workout gear on a chair in my room and pack my toiletries and work clothes in a bag.
While I do own one nice purse, I carry a gym bag or backpack almost every day of the work week. I like my gym bags to be spacious, sturdy, and sleek enough to carry to the office. I used to carry a bag over my shoulder but have been gravitating toward backpacks since the summer, as they have more pockets and are easier on my shoulders and back. Thankfully, it’s totally acceptable to wear a backpack to work at a digital agency. The team at SWISSGEAR recently sent me these two backpacks: the 3255 Smartscan Laptop Backpack and the 3295 Delux Laptop Backpack. Both offer a highly protective laptop compartment, which is great for days that I carry my work laptop. There are actually four total compartments in each backpack. This makes it easy for me to keep my fitness and work gear separate. The backpacks also feature padded shoulder straps, breathable mesh, headphone cord ports, water bottle holders, and metal carabiners. I might look like I’m packing for a weekend trip every day, but as least I have the right bag for the job.
If you’re curious what I pack the night before, it often includes the following: THE STUDIO — Tank, crops, sports bra, socks, shoes, headband, water bottle, snack. THE SHOWER — Deodorant, makeup, comb, hair cream (other toiletries at studio). THE OFFICE — Full outfit, including shoes and undies. Laptop, wallet, keys, phone, subway card.
That Morning — Almost every class I take on a weekday is at 7:00 or 7:15am, depending on how far downtown it is. Yes, I could take 6:00 or 6:30 classes, but I choose to sleep in the extra hour because I don’t have to be at work until 9:30. The night before, I’ll use the Google Maps app to track how long it will take me to get to the studio and what time the subway will leave (though it’s not always accurate). Here’s what a typical morning looks like for me:
6:15 — Alarm goes off (snooze until 6:20)
6:30 — Leave for class after triple-checking my bag
6:35 — Catch the train, often to Flatiron, Chelsea, or NoHo
7:00 — Class begins
8:00 — Class ends
8:05 — Run to the locker room to shower and change
8:45 — Head to the closest subway to get to the office
9:15 — Arrive at work and grab a real breakfast
9:30 — Open my email to start the day
I mentioned that I’m not a morning person, even though this is my routine 3-4 days per week. Sometimes I run in the morning. Sometimes I cross train after work. But sticking to this routine has helped me get classes out of the way in the morning, so I can have a free evening to myself, for an event, or to spend with friends. I’d love to hear how you commute to work–car, bus, train, or walk? Any tricks to fitting more into your mornings before work?
Photography by Nick A. Urteaga
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of SWISSGEAR. All opinions are 100% mine.