13.1 excuses not to train for 13.1 miles



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1. I’m waiting for the rain to stop.
The funny thing is, the rain is waiting for you to start.

2. I still haven’t recovered from that horrific chafing injury.
A healthy coat of Bodyglide in strategic places makes running more fun than a Slip ‘N Slide.

3. I can’t run and be on pinterest at the same time.
Think of it as photo-scouting for your “I love my hometown” board.

4. There is a box of chocolate chip cookies in my cupboard that aren’t going to eat themselves.
Nothing builds an appetite like a long run.

5. Training is for the weak.
That’s true. And by the end of their training they’re strong.

6. I am on the watermelon diet so I am functioning on negative calories.
No-one really functions on negativity.

7. I might get smoking hot and attract too much attention.
Fighting off unwanted admirers is a never-ending task. Being able to outrun them is much more satisfying.

8. I only run if someone’s chasing me.
Find someone else to run with. You can take turns being the chaser.

9. I’ve got to watch Mad Men. I’m obsessed.
I saw Jon Hamm running through your neighbourhood yesterday.

10. I don’t have my gear with me.
If a lion was chasing you, would you stop and tell him that you haven’t got the proper gear? Maybe you just need the right motivation.

11. I don’t have time.
If only we had 24 hours in the day like our grandmothers had when they raised 17 children, cooked dinner, cleaned the house and worked in the hospital ten hours a day, six days a week.

12. My headphones keep falling out.
Try singing instead. It’ll improve your lung capacity and cheer up passers-by.

13. I'm really not in the mood.
Exercise in the morning before your brain figures out what you’re doing.

13.1. I’m lazy.
We'll say. You didn’t even take the time to think of a good excuse.

Now that you haven't got any good excuses left you should probably get out there and run - The SeaWheeze is just 10 weeks away!

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17 Comments »


Haha! Number 11 is awesome! We really can’t complain… :)

Comment by Elle — June 1, 2012 @ 10:05 am


I L-O-V-E this. Thinking of reading it for motivation before a run. :)

Comment by Marjorie — June 1, 2012 @ 1:28 pm


I have to exercise in the morning before my brain figures out what I am doing LOVE IT

Comment by Becca @Gritsgal — June 2, 2012 @ 8:48 am


I like #13. It’s true! When I’m half asleep, I won’t know what hit me until it’s over. =)

Comment by Runner T — June 2, 2012 @ 10:38 am


Absolutely love this post. Number eight is something my boyfriend would say!

Comment by Krista — June 3, 2012 @ 2:17 pm


Hahaha..This is awesome, this is a really good list of motivations. Will really keep this in mind. Thanks. :D

Comment by Margaret M. — June 4, 2012 @ 4:52 am


Awesome! #1 – Running in the rain is actually very refreshing, and everyone should try it. :) #7 and #11 just made me laugh.

Comment by Amanda — June 4, 2012 @ 9:29 am


I love this! And I agree #1,… running in the rain is awesome. Refreshing, invigorating… LOVE.

Comment by Megan — June 4, 2012 @ 12:51 pm


I absolutely LOVE this! I’ve been saying I want to do a second half marathon this fall, and finally got myself up and moving. Decided on a JUNE Running Streak for myself! Atleast one mile every single day of June! No excuses. I’ll be on my way to racking up miles an ready for 13.1!

Comment by Nicole — June 4, 2012 @ 12:59 pm


Love it! Half Marathons are the best.

Comment by Hayley — June 4, 2012 @ 4:10 pm


Wow! I love these. As I am lacing up my sneakers to go run, I’m being mindful of number 13:)

Comment by Alisha Wielfaert — June 5, 2012 @ 1:41 am


Love this! My first half is in 2.5 weeks and I ran 11 miles in a down pour the other day definitely not an excuse not to run!

Comment by Grace — June 5, 2012 @ 6:45 am


Hahahaha I laughed out loud at my desk at #7. This list is amazing!

Comment by Desirae — June 5, 2012 @ 12:52 pm


I think 13.1 just sums it up!

Comment by Kristi — June 5, 2012 @ 8:07 pm


Sweet, laughed out loud : )

Comment by Tammy — June 6, 2012 @ 12:56 pm


I like the list. You should check out my book on excuses. It was the results of years of excuses… “Coach, I didn’t run because…” http://bookstore.authorhouse.com/Products/SKU-000253199/Coach-I-didnt-run-because.aspx

Oh, it’s also about excuse busting…

Comment by Coach Dean — June 12, 2012 @ 2:03 pm


Did my first half marathon this past Sunday and number 12 actually really helped. Sometimes focusing on trying to remember the lyrics of a song can make you forget about the pain you might feel.

This is a great list. is there one for the marathon? 26.2 reasons?

Comment by choann — June 18, 2012 @ 5:38 pm


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