Top 5 Excuses Against Running – How To Deal With Them And Win

by | 14 Aug 2020 | Running motivation

Modern life can be a hectic affair and sometimes the best plans need tweaking, changing and even cancelling. Our running is part of it. There are days when we need to work out schedules around running and sometimes it can all become too much, our running can suffer from distractions so something has to give.

Sometimes we will try to find excuses not to run. There are excuses against running that are completely legit and there are some that are created by ourselves. Let’s start with…………………

1. The most common of all excuses against running: weather

If there is something we cannot influence, it’s the weather. Love or dislike it, you won’t be able to change it and as such it comes on top of the running excuses or running distractions list.

When running outside we are exposed to a myriad of weather conditions. Obsessing about weather can be crippling at best of times let alone when you plan for your runs. Unless weather is perfect (insert your own definition of perfect weather), it can be hot, cold, windy, rainy or icy. Or a dark and unpleasant mix of everything.

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So, here’s the question. Do you want to run outside?

If your answer is ‘yes’ then you should never complain about whatever is thrown at you, courtesy of mother nature.

Of course, safety comes first. You should not dash outside during a gale force storm but equally, you should not shy away from going outside if it’s a bit chilly, maybe a little bit hot, or a tiny bit cold and wet…….and windy!

Verdict and Solution: Not a good excuse. Use a weather forecast as a guide. Plan accordingly and run wearing appropriate running apparel. Prepare and go!

2. Getting up early

It’s not so much about getting up early, it’s about having enough quality hours of sleep. You can be well rested if you get up at 4.45am but some still use this as an excuse to skip that run.

Unless you are lucky enough to have all the time in the world, it is likely that you may end up having to go for a run before you go to work or take your kids to school.

That could be anything, from early to quite early to pre-dawn early. I’ve done them all. Winter pre-dawn? Check. Summer pre-dawn? Check.

Again, the question here is very simple. Do you want to run and is there an alternative? If your answers are ‘yes’ and ‘no’ the solution is not to go to bed very late. It is also good practice to prepare all your running gear the night before the run.

Once the alarm rings don’t stretch, don’t turn, don’t deliberate, don’t snooze it. Simply get out. Imagine a house on fire! That kind of ‘get out’. Just do it!

Verdict and Solution: Weak excuse. As much as I feel for you and how sorry you must be feeling for yourself at some ungodly hour, that’s not really a valid excuse. Once you start running you’ll forget it all and feel fresher than an hour ago.

Top 5 Excuses Against Running - How To Deal With Them And Win
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3. Running after work

Remember, running after a stressful day at work is meant to help you physically as well as mentally. This is not supposed to be a chore, it’s designed to reinvigorate you.

After a long day at work you are going home, it’s winter, you are tired. Then you remember that you’ve got a 10km run scheduled in. I know the feeling.

You’ve come in, it’s a cold January evening, your house is warm, you take the shoes off and then you should go back outside, wearing not very much and run for an hour. That’s tough, I know.

You see everyone in the house chilled and relaxed, you can smell the dinner. Maybe you should have a drink and join them? Forget about the run? There will always be another run, when you will feel better and less tired?

Actually no. Wrong mindset. Not good. Get out of there, snap out of it. Don’t let your bad thoughts influence your previous good decision!

Verdict and Solution: Potentially a valid excuse but hey, there are ways around it. Here is what I do. I change into my running clothes at work, the moment I sign off. Before I know what’s happening I am out there, running. Once I’ve finished my run, I go home. Then I go through the previous scenario except – I have already completed my run and I’m feeling good about it!

Top 5 Excuses Against Running - How To Deal With Them And Win
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4. I don’t feel like running now, I might do it later!

Ah, an often heard excuse. It’s got a true diva ring to it.

A TCE, True Champion Excuse.

If you’re not ill what’s wrong with ‘now? Never do later, never postpone and delay something that can and needs to be dealt with here and now.

Do you want to run? You do? Then don’t do it later, do it now.

You want to run, you are not injured, no outside obstacles whatsoever, you’ve bought all that gear and then, suddenly, you’ve decided that you’re not feeling like running. That really is the worst.

It’s a mix of all bad excuses, a self-deterrent and a failed passive-aggressive bail out attempt. Pathetic. What would you rather do? Sulk? Don’t you know that running is very much a guarantee that you will feel better afterwards? You do know? There you go.

Verdict and Solution: No excuse in any way! Don’t dwell too long in this category. Just don’t. Pretend that nothing’s happened, put your running gear on and run. If you do it quickly you won’t feel too embarrassed later.

5.Something ‘has come up!’

Life can be an unpredictable show and things can happen outside our planned or desired schedules. At times there isn’t much we can do but alter the plans straight away.

That is a valid excuse, especially if you are facing an emergency. Sometimes a bad headache or toothache, or an aching knee would stop us from going out. In this case things could happen and we may need to take a break.

Verdict and Solution: This time you need to do what you need to do. Prioritise. Runs will wait.

Running is about feeling good and doing good to your body and mind. Sometimes runs can be hugely enjoyable, sometimes it’s not easy to go out and run but it’s always a positive and beneficial experience, no matter how we may feel about it at the time. Our thoughts can play games with us and bring up negative emotions but the key is to simply think clearly and do what is right. And what is right is running. Enjoy!
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Do you have any excuses that I’ve missed? How do you cope with them?👇


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