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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Solutions to Excuses


I recently read this great post on 25 reasons why people should run.  I agree with so many of them.
Some of my favorites:

  • because you will build muscles you didn't know you had
  • you will go farther than you ever thought possible
  • because crossing the finish line for the first time will be a memory you will never forget
  • because it's time your sports bra was actually used for sports
  • because no other sport gives you bling at the end
I can think of a plethora of reasons why you should run.  And it's interesting to me how many people can come up with an equal amount of reasons why they shouldn't/can't run.  I've told you before, running isn't the only form of exercise I do.  I switch things up consistently, but just for the fun of it, I thought I would share some excuses reasons why people have told me they can't run and my solution to those excuses reasons.
  • I just can't. (What about this seems legit even coming out of your mouth?)
  • I tried once.  I just can't breath after the first few minutes so I have to stop. (Why don't you try slowing down as opposed to stopping?  Or traveling less distance?  How about training yourself to breath correctly and building your way up?)
  • I'm just not built for that. (Have you ever been to a race?!  There are people of all sizes, colors, shapes, and weights running.  I used to think there was a "runner's body" - there isn't.)
  • I don't like to sweat. (You know something, sweating isn't my favorite either, but it beats dying or having a gut any day so I'll take it.)
  • I just don't enjoy it. (Your parents said this and you hated them for it.  Now you can hate me.  Nothing worth doing is going to come easy and not everything in life is going to be pleasurable.)
  • I don't have time.  (This excuse holds no warrant with me.  I have SO many solutions to this one: 1. Make time. 2.  Wake up early in the morning.  3.  Go to bed an hour later at night.  4.  Give up a tv show.  5.  Run around the field while your child is at baseball practice/ballet/swimming.)
  • I don't know how you do it.  I'm so tired; I just don't have the energy at the end of the day. (Want to know why I'm not tired and I have the energy?  Because I run!  It gives you the energy you need.  Try it!)
I could go on forever.  I will spare you.  Just remember, being a runner doesn't mean you win races or even compete in them.  It means, you hit the pavement a few times a week and you do it.  It's not about how fast your pace is, how long you go, how far you go, or how often...just do it.

3 comments:

  1. I SO needed to read this today! Thank you!

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  2. Ha...I'm a little ashamed to say you're absolutely right! I tried running and didn't enjoy it, so I often make the excuse of not being a runner. I guess I kind of figured that people who do run really enjoy it. I'll have to keep your rebuttals in mind! :)

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  3. love this post! i used to run (did a half-marathon once and a couple of 10 milers)... i found that longer distances just aren't my thing. i wouldn't mind getting back into short distance running (like 5Ks...) after baby is born. my knees and back just couldn't take the pain of the longer distances

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