Excuses: So easy to create, so hard to overcome. 

When it comes to creating excuses for skipping your next run, most of us are pros.  I think I’ve even used “but I already took a shower today!” more than just a few times.

Yet when it comes to valid excuses, chances are pretty slim that we actually have one.  If you really want to do something, you’ll make the time and have energy to do it.

One thing that my current running streak has taught me is that finding a time to run doesn’t have to be as big of a challenge as I liked to make it.  All it takes is a little planning and a bit of desire.  I have now run 180+ days in a row, and while dozens of excuses have crept up in my head, none of them have been good ones.

If you are having trouble getting yourself out the door and on the road or trail for your next run, take a minute to step back and look at why you intended to go on the run in the first place.  Was it to get in shape?  To gain strength?  Or maybe to train yourself for a much larger goal like a marathon or an ultra?

People run for any number or reasons, but people also quit running because they have forgotten what that reason is. 

Remind yourself daily.  Set goals and make them public.  Figure out what it is that will keep you going and take advantage of that thing as much as possible. Maybe it is the desire to drop a few pounds or just the fear of letting someone down.  Whatever it is, hold on to it and don’t let go.

If you can step back and look at your excuse, I bet you’ll discover that it is pretty lame.

I know that this works.  Almost daily I’m faced with excuses that would have easily kept me from running before, but now, after stepping back to look at them more closely, I no longer see them as valid.  You can do the same thing.

What’s your excuse?  I bet it’s a bad one.  Now get off the couch, lace up those shoes, and get out for a run.  I promise you’ll never regret it.


PS.  The above is my first attempt at an infographic.  What do you think? 

Author Doug Hay is the founder of Rock Creek Runner, host of the Trail Talk podcast, and fanatical about everything trail running -- beards, plaid shirts, bruised toenails, and all. He and his wife live and run in beautiful Black Mountain, NC.

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