Running Excuses --- BE GONE!

We all have those days when we can think of a million reasons not to run or should I say, we just have no energy to think at all and the idea of running brings no happiness to mind. I would be lying if I said I made it to running streak day 1,511 and jumped with joy every time I laced up. Here are some common excuses I or you may face.

I don't have the time. In the past, this resulted in no running. These days, I run just a mile but sometimes those just a mile days pile up more than I would want. Perhaps I need to change my way of thinking from just run a mile to just run 15 minutes.

I'm tired. Of course I am tired! I am a mom with a full-time job that was beyond crazy recently. Stress, work, and doing a million things at once can leave anyone tired but in all reality, that run energizes me. Get up and run!

I want to be with my family. They will miss me. Okay, in all reality, dear hubby won't cry if I go running but my running often happens when he is at work anyhow. Darling daughter is old enough, and wise enough, to know that I am happier after a run but sometimes, this is valid. On special days, family should and will come first. But I can't let that become an excuse for not giving my running and myself 100% effort.

The weather is yucky. I have an indoor treadmill at home so I can't really use this excuse and I do live on Maui where the weather is pretty pleasant day in and day out most of the time but this year, we have had some crazy weather! I am talking lightening. I saw more lightening in the past year living here than all 17 years here!!! And yes, I am a wimp but it has been colder. I am talking in the high 40's when I leave the house. Stop laughing! That is cold to me and let me add, all my running clothes are the same. Running skirt, bra top, tank top. Nothing more. Nothing less. So on those days where it is cold, or rainy, or so windy I wonder how I am staying on the ground, perhaps I should invest in one lightweight long sleeve running top/jacket that can be taken off if needed but still offer protection on those 1-2 days a year I may need or want it. Like today. WINDY!!!! Rainy. Kinda chilly. But I do know, after running awhile I will warm up but it makes it hard to head out the door. I told you that you may think I was a wimp.

The treadmill is noisy. This is a complaint I may hear from dear hubby or darling daughter and it means I run outside more, which is good. But I did buy that treadmill for a reason so perhaps I should stop using this excuse and suck-it-up-buttercup and get up early to run longer on the one day of week I run when they are both home. Seriously, they will be okay. And my new treadmill is quieter.

What is your common running excuse or excuses?

Daily Gratitude: I am thankful for the birds singing in the background as that means, the rain may be slowing!

Daily Bible Verse: To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” And Jesus said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” ~ Luke 9:59-62


  1. lately my excuse was its too cold/icy ... but i pay for the gym so i try to remember that suck it up and go ;)

    1. I second the using the gym membership! That was a good motivator for me when I belonged on one. Why pay for it and never use it? Have a great workout.


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