If I can’t get out in the early morning, there are two options: Either I run at home in the evenings, or I fit in my training between office hours and my evening commitments. In the latter case, I can shower after running, and I go into an appointment feeling ready, so once again I have made good use of my time. Obviously, this is only possible if you have mountain trails right outside the door, both at home and at work. The important thing is to give the whole thing a structure and to plan the week out in advance. I note down my training times in my calendar and figure out on Sunday how I can plan the week so that I can prepare myself perfectly for the next race. This eliminates a lot of potential stress, both in terms of family and work.
But, even if I have created a really solid plan, it doesn’t always work out, and you have to be aware that this could happen. No one is perfect, so I don’t stress about this too much. If it doesn’t work out, then it doesn’t work out. One thing is clear, however: In the case of a potential conflict, my family and my work take precedence. Because without the right support and an adequate ‘fun component’, the best training program is not going to bring the right results.