Full disclosure – I am a planner. I’ve mentioned it a few times here, but for the sake of this post I thought it was important to mention it again. Hence why my Sunday’s consist of a few hours of meal prepping. I don’t have a lot of time on weekdays to make food for the week (or dinner), so I like to have all my meals planned on Sunday. Some call is the opposite of spontaneous, I call it normal.

Lately I have felt like there are not enough hours in the day to get everything I need to get done, actually done. Multi-tasking is my friend. Which  got me thinking – what can I accomplish while during my run other than the workout itself. This is what I came up with….



5 Things to Accomplish on a Run

For my non-planner friends – some of these might not be as helpful for you. 

1. Meal Plan – Grocery List

Grocery Shopping Tips & Tricks

Typically during my long runs on the weekend I will decide on 2 or 3 dinner recipes and 1 or 2 lunch recipes for the week. I will then come up with my grocery list in my head, so when I get home all I have to do is write it down. To learn how I approach grocery shopping – check out this post!

2. Start and Finish a Book

Amazon Audible

No I don’t mean physically take a book and read it on the run….That would be a feat in itself. I have a membership to Amazon Audible – read here for more info – and download a new book every month. With school I find myself only reading textbooks rather than recreationally. I love that I can keep up on my corny cheese romantic lit novels.

3. Create a Playlist

Hozier - Spotify

You guys know I have been loving Spotify lately – I even bought a membership. One of my favorite things to do on a run is listen to one of the national playlists (some of my running favorites – US Top 50 Tracks, Soul Cycle, Fun Workout, Run Wild), and every time I hear a song I like I hit the plus button on the lower left hand corner (now a check symbol) to add it to my songs. This way I have a great arsenal of songs to choose from when I am planning a race playlist.

4. Plan your Weekly Wardrobe


Just like I like knowing what I am going to eat for the week, I typically like to know what I am going to wear too. I know I know – a lot of times the weather can change in a minute. So rather than plan out a weeks worth of outfits, I normally plan my outfit during my morning workout so when I get to my closet I know exactly what I am going to wear!

5. Brainstorm Blog Post Ideas

Lake Shore Path

Sorry this one is for the bloggers out there. Most of the times I come up with blog post ideas during my run. Once I come up with an idea on a run I will write it down, and hopefully start brainstorming it more on my next run, or go right to the computer to type it up. It is a rare occasion for there to be no draft posts waiting for me to finish!

I am linking up with Amanda for Thinking Out Loud Thursday, because this post was inspired by thoughts I had on a run! 


  • What do you think about/get done on a run?
  • What book have you read lately?