Interview with Laura Vanderkam, Time Management Expert

Laura VanderkamIn this episode we speak with time management expert and runner Laura Vanderkam about how you actually have more time in your week than you might realize, which is great news for busy runners!

In the quick tip segment, Angie answers a listener question about underwear for runners.

Laura Vanderkam is the author of several time management and productivity books, including Off the Clock, I Know How She Does It, What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, and 168 Hours. She loves running half marathons and has also been doing a running streak (at least 1 mile per day) since 2016. Laura lives outside Philadelphia with her husband and four children, and blogs at LauraVanderkam.com.

Through the years listeners have told us that the hardest part of training for a marathon is finding the time. So, we’re excited to bring talk with Laura about how to reframe our thinking about time, because we all have the same 168 hours in a week.

Laura Vanderkam at TEDWomen 2016 -San Francisco, California. Photo credit: Marla Aufmuth / TED

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Quick Tip: Underwear for Runners

Here’s a question we received from a listener named Jen . . .

Hello Angie and Trevor, I’ve been listening to your podcast for about a year now and I’m so grateful for all of your support around running. I look forward to each new episode! This question may be best directed to Angie. I wondered if you can help me with a running dilemma I have not yet been able to solve: I have not been able to find a comfortable pair of underwear. I have tried about a half dozen with no success. I wear leggings and find that mid run, my underwear seem to be one of the biggest challenges and distractions. Chaffing, wedgies, rolling and twisting waistbands and moisture issues due to sweating all contribute to my challenges. I have appreciated your product recommendations in the past and would love it if you had any ideas about this one. Thank you so much for all you do for our running community and for personally contributing to my running endeavors! -Jen

While training for my first two marathons I struggled with the underwear dilemma too. It seemed like I was spending too much of my time thinking about my underwear or yanking it back into place. I didn’t find any great solutions so I decided to go commando and haven’t looked back since.

If you’re used to wearing underwear at first it seems a little weird to go without but I’ve discovered that the majority of runners don’t wear underwear while running. Most running shorts/shirts have some type of built in liner and even those without typically work just fine. If your leggings or capris have prominent inner seams they may not be best for long runs or you may want to use some anti-chafe ointment in any areas that seem to be rubbing.

Someone in our members Facebook group asked this same question a few months ago and one lady said she wears compression shorts with a built in cotton liner. A couple other suggestions were invisible line underwear from Soma and a brand called Runderwear from the UK (I haven’t tested either of these). Hope that helps. -Angie

Also Mentioned in This Episode

Laura Vanderkam TED Talk about ‘How to Gain Control of Your Free Time’.

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About Angie Spencer

Angie is a registered nurse and running coach who empowers new runners to conquer the marathon, run faster, and take their health and fitness to the next level. Join the Academy

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