Each time I tell a non-runner about my running, my face lights up and I get all gushy and excited like a love sick teenager, which ALWAYS provokes a response as to how they wish they could or should or used to…but don’t run. BUSTING COMMON RUNNING EXCUSES
Tackling those reasons today for anyone who actually wants to go —
“I hate running”
Well yah, did you read my story?! I faked knee pain so as to get out of running with a very attractive guy, that’s hard core college student hate. Which means you have two options:
Don’t run. There are thousands of awesome ways to get your sweat on, so do those.
Try again. Embrace the discomfort and keep trying, until the day you start to feel proud of yourself for making the effort which can in time actually turn into a genuine love for the sport.
“I can’t run, it hurts my ____”
Umm again, yah. It hurts to do anything new. Every time I do pilates or lift weights I’m sore for days, but that doesn’t mean it’s bad for me, it means I need to go at a pace that gives my body time to adjust and I need to learn proper form so I don’t hurt myself.
“It’s just so boring.”
This one is always a tough nut for me because I have never found running boring and that includes training for 8 marathons solo…maybe I just like myself more than the average person. No really, I think it’s because I learned how to use my running time in a variety of ways:
- Listen to audiobooks
- Listen to podcasts
- Watch tv shows
- Think…dream…plan <<my favorite
- Music – easier than ever to access
- Grab a friend (you aren’t the only one thinking about starting again)
“It’s too cold, hot, wet, etc.”
Listen I’ve run in every conceivable weather scenario over the years and I absolutely complain about it. Didn’t expect that did you. BUT I also love how badass I feel after coming in from a 0 degree snowy run and I love how comfy I feel when using the treadmill because the humidity is 99% again.
Don’t be treadmill averse. They are not the devil that everyone makes them out to be. They are a fantastic training tool and a great way to mitigate all weather excuses.
‘I’m too old”
Of course it may be different to start running at an older age, but the benefits remain the same as they do for everyone:
reductions in the risks of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer; reduced depression and anxiety; weight control; improved bones, muscles and joints; improved mobility and coordination, and a psychological sense of well-being.
In other words, running fights off the aging process pretty darn well. Check with a doctor, find someone who truly understands older runners (less speed work, more rest days, variety) and get going.“
“It’s bad for your knees”
I’ve covered this and a few of the other long running myths before, so check it out!
“I don’t have the right gear”
You can get started pretty quick and pretty cheap compared to any other sport. Of course you see me running around with multiple different fancy watches or lots of shoes, but that’s just because I built the arsenal over time!!
GREAT running shoes – Don’t settle for mediocre, you’ll pay for it in the long run with lots of PT visits.Definitely read how to select the right shoes >>
Foam roller – Go for the high density…yes it may hurt a little more at first (forever), but it’s worth it. They last longer and dig deeper for that at home massage which you will commit to doing nightly while catching up on your DVR.
Timex Watch – I still wear my plain old watch with a timer all time and especially when I need to let go of focusing on pace. The newer one’s are also more feminine than the large one’s I remember getting back in college.
Over the ear headphones – Some of you can keep the free little iPod type buds in, but I NEVER found that possible and after buying tons of different styles I finally settled on over the ear and haven’t had a problem in eons.
Shirts/Shorts/Sports Bra – We can’t go without talking about what to wear right? Everyone has a preference on what feels best from shorts to capris or sleeves vs tank and the key is:
WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD?! It sounds ridiculous but if you love how you feel in your gear you are not only more likely to put it on, but then associate it with feeling strong and confident which leads to better workouts. Pretty much everything is wicking and cooling and all that technical jazz now, so go for what you love.
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