I went for a 4-mile run this morning. This was only my second run since my accident a few weeks ago. I’m trying to take it slow and ease back in. But after today’s run, I have realized something.
My half marathon is 3 weeks from today. This wreck did slow me down, I’ll give it that. But it’s not going to stop me. I’m still going to do what I had planned to do. No excuses.
While running, I was thinking of all this and this random phrase entered my mind:
Turn your excuses into fuel.
At first, I’m not sure where that phrase came from or even if it made any sense. But as I thought about it more, it started making perfect sense. I started thinking of all of the excuses I’ve used in regards to running and all of the ways that I’ve turned those excuses from hindrances to motivators. And if you’re a runner – or even if you’re just a living breathing human and have considered doing anything ever and have let excuses stop you – you might relate to some of these. Here are some examples of the excuses I have used in the past, and the responses I found to give myself:
I can’t run because I am overweight. Oh yeah? Well awesome. Running will help you lose weight. Go run.
I can’t run because I don’t have the energy. Oh yeah? No energy? Awesome. Running will help you find that energy. The feeling after a run is hard to beat. You’re energized for the day. Now go run.
I can’t run because I’m too tired. Awesome. See above. Running energizes you. That tired feeling will be gone before you know it. Run.
I can’t run because I have kids. Really? You have kids? Awesome. Teach them that staying active and healthy is important. Show them that if you can do it, they can do it. And you might even get to the point where you do it together. So go get started. Go run.
I can’t run because it’s taking too much time away from my kids. No, it’s not. It’s taking some time away from your kids – not too much time. And you know you need some time alone. And besides, you’re teaching your kids that time alone is important too and they’ll know to make it a priority one day themselves. And that’s something that they really need to learn. Go run.
I can’t run because I don’t have time. Yes, you do. I used to say the same thing and, believe me, I am extremely busy. I live over an hour from where I work and I have two active teenagers. I found the time. You will too. You make time for what’s important. Run.
I can’t run because it’s raining outside or it’s cold or there’s a tornado or a hailstorm or whatever. Awesome. Good reason to finally join the gym. And you can do more than run there. There are weights and machines and everything. And if you try hard enough you can even figure out how to use them. True story.
I don’t have the money to join the gym. You don’t? Awesome. That will make you cut your expenses in other places like you know you needed to do anyway. It’s amazing how much you can save when you turn those lunchtime McDonald’s runs into lunchtime gym runs.
I’m going through a relationship breakup. Yeah, I know. That sucks. And it makes you sad. But guess what? Now you’re going to have even more time to run. Taking time to spend with just yourself is more important now than ever. Take this new time and use it. You’ll amaze yourself with how strong you are. Now go run.
And now we got back together. Oh yeah? Awesome. Now you have your running buddy and cheerleader back. And he understands and supports you training for this half marathon. Don’t worry about taking the time you need to train. He gets it. And he’ll be there at the finish line. How awesome is that? Now go run.
Now I have all these man-hating songs on my running playlist… Awesome. Replace all the dude references with references to your old self instead. It’s amazing how motivating those songs can be when you dedicate them to the old excuse maker that used to be you. Show that chick who’s the boss and who’s going to rise above it all. Go run.
I can’t run because I had a wreck. Yes, you did. And it was scary and it sucked. And you got hurt. But it won’t last forever. It took a little out of your training schedule plans, but that’s ok. There’s nothing written in stone that says you had to follow every single step of that training plan. Two days before you got in that accident, you ran 10 miles. TEN MILES! Girlfriend, you got this. That wreck did nothing but make you stronger than you were before. Because it served to show you that NOTHING is going to stop you.
Turn your excuses into fuel.
Makes perfect sense, doesn’t it? Glad I thought of it.
Now, go run.
“It is wise to direct your anger towards problems – not people;
to focus your energies on answers – not excuses.”
– William Arthur Ward
Thanks you for writing about this, Missy. You don’t know how many times I’ve wanted to START running, but came up with every single excuse in the book! Number one on your list is THE TOP excuse on my list. Several times during the week, I get an overwhelming urge to just RUN. I know it will suck at first, and I know it will be super hard, but I want to run so bad. You know what my next big excuse is? Everyone will stare at me and talk about how ridiculous I look. When have you ever known me to give a flying flip about what people think?! Thank you so much for making me realize that I’m a complete idiot for worrying about all that crap! Hmmm, now I just need some good running shoes! *not an excuse* ❤
Do it, Erica!! I have complete faith in you. You’re twice as hard-headed as me. 😉 If you say you want to do something, you’ll do it. I know you will. I’ll send you the Couch to 5k plan when I get back to my computer at work on Monday (that’s where I have it saved). It’s how I started and it works miracles!!
OooOohh… Couch to 5k… awesome!! 🙂