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Common excuses of really lazy runners

08 May, 2019 • by Admin

You are a runner who may be struggling to get out the door as often as you need to

Think about the last time you go out for a run, any run, whether it’s an easy day or a fast day. When you first start running you could feel painful and difficult. There is a “learning curve” that you have to master before you start reaping the benefits. I’ve said before that getting to the place where you can run for 3 miles comfortably can be a huge battle. For me those first 3 miles are a test of my body and will.

Running can easily be the first thing to get pushed out of our schedules when we get busy. Getting out of bed is half the battle, getting out the door another 25%, and then the run takes care of itself. The bottom line is to know yourself. Find a time to run that works for you and stick with it.

Here are some common excuses not to run and how to beat them:

The weather is awful

This is one situation where throwing some money at the problem can really help. Quality outerwear, like a running jacket that’s both waterproof and breathable, let’s you handle surprisingly cold, wet and miserable conditions. Once you get going it’s usually not as bad as you feared, and you get to feel like a hero for braving the elements. Be sure to post your run on social media so everyone can see how tough you are.

I’m not a morning person

You don’t have to run first thing in the morning. Just do whatever works for you, whether that’s running during your lunch hour or after work. And if your schedule is tight in the evening, suck it up for a couple of weeks, you’ll find that the mind and the body adapt quickly.

I’m not cut out to be a runner

Nonsense. If you are capable of running, then you are cut out to be a runner. Don’t think that you aren’t cut out to be a runner. Don’t let other people convince you of that. Don’t waste your time wondering if you got the right gifts from the gene genie to run as fast as you want to run. Don’t wallow in doubt about exactly where that genetic wall is for you when it comes to achieving a dream goal. Sure, genes do play a role in determining your running potential, but persistence, positive thinking, and lots of hard work may shift that proverbial wall. Just how much, I can’t be sure.

I’m too old for it

If you’re concerned about your age, know that running will help you live longer. Harvard University research shows that for every hour of exercise you do, you gain approximately two hours of life. Of course, if you’re just starting out, talk to your doctor first.

I have no time to run

Lack of time is one of the most popular excuses for skipping runs. Work, commuting, family obligations, maintaining a home, even just getting enough sleep: They all take time. Analyze your schedule and figure out what you're doing that's not contributing to a good quality of life. Look for things that you can cut out without regret. You can even multitask by catching your favorite shows while you're on the treadmill or go to bed earlier and run in the morning.

I'm too slow to run

Does anyone other than you care about how fast or slow of a runner you are? Chances are that most of the people who know and like you think you’re awesome for reasons that have nothing to do with your 10K PR. It’s just you that suspects you’re a failure for shuffling through the last few miles of your most recent race or run, so take some pressure off and just go for a run.

I feel bored while running

It's easy to get stuck in a running rut. We get comfortable running the same routes or decide it's easier to just jump on the treadmill. Shake up your running routine by mapping out some new routes. Give trail running a try. Run with a local running group or convince a friend to join you on a run. Or, sign up for some local races to force you to run someplace different and will help get you motivated.

Running hurts me alot

Running is a high-impact sport that requires you to exert terrible forces on your muscles and joints with every step. If you think you really are injured, or about to get injured, it’s a very good idea to skip at least a workout or two. Knowing when to back off is an essential skill for any runner. Most physical activities carry some risk of injury, and everyone still needs to make exercise a part of their life.

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