Top 3 Excuses Not to Run and How to Beat Them!


Excuses.  As a coach and as an avid runner, I hear that a lot….even when I am not running.

People (friends, family, strangers in the supermarket) come to me for advice all of the time.  They ask how they can run faster, be stronger, meet their goals.  I tell them, guide them, offer my opinions and advice.  Only to be met with excuses as to why they can’t.  

You know what I say? Yes you can and shut up. 

Just kidding, I’m not that crass (for the most part).  

But the truth is that 99% of the time if you want to do something (like run), you find a way.  If you don’t, then you find an excuse.

While I am not saying that I’m not guilty of whining from time to time about running, I always find a way to get it done and try not to let little things get in my way.  It’s all about mindset and priorities.  

The 3 most common excuse not to run and how to beat them!

Top 3 running excuses

…and how to beat them!

Not enough time. 

This is the #1 excuse I hear. There is ALWAYS time.  If you get in the mindset that you need to get in an hour run but only have 20 or 30 minutes and decide to bail then you’ve failed yourself.  

If you truly want to reach your goals, plan ahead.  Schedule it in your day like you would anything else you have to get done.  Get up earlier, go to bed later or run during lunch time.  Have a route picked out and your bags packed with everything you need (like a ShowerPill) and make it happen.  Something is always better than nothing. 

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The weather. 

It’s too hot, too cold, too rainy, too snowy, too windy, too [insert weather condition here].  First of all, if you’re training for a race then you also need to train for any potential weather conditions on race day.  Barring extreme or unsafe weather, running when it’s raining or a tad bit chilly isn’t going to kill you. 

If the weather really does happen to be extreme, be flexible.  You can still get your run in if you have a game plan.  Watch the weather forecast and plan to get up early to beat the heat, go after the storm passes or simply take it to the treadmill if it’s too cold.  Also being prepared with the right gear is crucial.  Be sure to have a handheld with water to hydrate during hot runs and cold weather gear to keep you warm during the winter. 

Again, being prepared is key and if you want to reach your goals come race day, you need to keep your training runs consistent.  

Not seeing results.

This is another big one I hear ALL the time.  First, if you want to get faster or be stronger or shave 5 minutes off your time then you need to put in the work.  If you’re skipping runs because you “don’t have time” or “the weather was crappy” then you probably won’t see any results.   Inconsistent running isn’t going to lead to results. 

That being said, sometimes you do put in the work and still feel like you aren’t seeing any progress.  In this case (or just in general) tracking what you do and measuring things other than pace is key.  Start a journal.  Log your workouts.  

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Note not only the distance and time it took you but how you felt and even what your heart rate was.  You might find that it feels easier even if your time hasn’t changed much.  Progress is progress no matter how small and every step you take on every run is a step further than you’ve gone before.  

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Annmarie is a self proclaimed foodie, avid long distance runner and functional fitness coach. A DVRT Master Trainer, HKC Instructor and food allergy sufferer, she writes about strength training for runners as well as shares allergy friendly recipes for busy athletes.   She is also the owner of Strength In Motion Studio, mother of two sassy sisters and wife to a chronically busy chiropractor.   Subscribe by email for updates to get the latest workouts, advice and recipes straight to your inbox!

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