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Excuses Against Running

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From weather (hot/cold/windy/wet), to getting up early and running after work, or even 'not feeling it', we have reasons to simply find excuses not to run. Why do people do it? I don't know. Are those reasons valid? Maybe yes, but probably no.

After the initial enthusiasm wanes and days get shorter and colder, some people change their attitudes towards running. Then again, many people don't like running when it's too bright and warm (that's another 'weather' excuse).

Over the years I've realised that there are common excuses that people sometimes use, and reasons are identical. I find that very funny. You can read about them in my latest blog 'Top 5 Excuses Against Running - Hot To Deal with Them And Win'. Enjoy!


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AlMorr profile image

When I began the C25K training program it was only for exercise, I did not intend to run any more than a 30 minutes run or 5K, since then I have been to 17 official Parkruns, ran 22 (not) parkruns, 10/10Ks, a 11,12, and 13K run and also ran ten miles, all that since starting C25K just over a month before I was 72.

I read that blog about excuses against running, certainly the weather is my most excuse, however, I do usually eventually get out a run, perhaps not the exact time I intended to do the run because of the weather. 😊 🏃🏾

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mrrunGraduate in reply to AlMorr

Of course. I won't go out in gale force winds and will wait if temperature is too high or low. It's how we adapt and adjust. But, yeah, I do find it funny how people sometimes easily bail out (that blog was based on my friends' excuses). ;)

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Same with me if it's threatening thunder or it's threatening floods or its icy and heavy snow then I don't exercise outside and put a fitness video on instead indoors.

I do exercise outside if it's just regular rain though and when it was hot I went but cut the workouts down.

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mrrunGraduate in reply to

Exactly. When there's an element of danger you stay in (regardless of how romantic it may seem to hide under a tree during electric storm). I've seen people run on ice but that's where I draw the line. Breaking a leg is not a good call. The rest is simply....well......the question of whether you want to run - or you don't. ;)

nowster profile image

I wonder what "bussy" is in that stock photo. Being somewhat like a bus? 🤣

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mrrunGraduate in reply to nowster

It probably means that some would do anything in any way to avoid doing certain things. ;)

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nowsterGraduate in reply to mrrun

They're not "busy" then?

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mrrunGraduate in reply to nowster

Precisely. They never are.

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If you really want to do something then you will shift heaven and earth to make it happen!

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mrrunGraduate in reply to

To the best of your ability, yes.

Jell6 profile image

I was going to run on Monday at 07.00 but felt too tired. I made some coffee, and then regretted not going.

Shortly after I had my gear on, and was out of the door! The extra 2 hours hadn't made it much warmer 🥵

We can find ways round most excuses!

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mrrunGraduate in reply to Jell6

Of course we can. My friend is a champion excuser. She reached the stage when I suggested to her that she should simply cut losses and quit running altogether. If you don't like it, don't do it. She didn't like that either. 😀

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