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Fitness Friday || No Excuses

Good morning and welcome to Fitness Friday!

I originally planned to share the first in a series of natural running posts. Then, at the last minute, I decided I wanted make my vlog debut with transition to natural running. [I can’t believe I’ve actually committed  publicly to sharing a vlog.]

Upcoming in the Natural Running Series [starting Monday]:

  • An interview with Newton Running coach, Ryan Smith.
  • Strengthening exercises [vlog] for a safer transition to a natural running shoe.
  • Why natural running.
  • A before vlog of my running form highlighting serious heel striking.

So, for now, images and inspiration by Vega.

Excuses. We’ve all made them to avoid one thing or another right?

After my last half marathon it seems to have become way too easy to find an excuse not to run or workout. I think it has a lot to do with not having the twelve in twenty-twelve goal in front of me or maybe it has more to do with not accomplishing my goal of a sub-2:00 half marathon. Who knows? Whatever the reason I really have no excuse…

  • Not enough time? I’m awake and up as early as 3:00a.m. That’s 3 hours of uninterrupted time before I have to start getting ready for work.
  • It’s raining? I’ve never had a problem running in the rain before.
  • It’s cold? I’ve run in the cold many times or I have a workout room at home.
  • I’ll workout later? I’m a morning person and “later” is often busy with other commitments.

What excuses have you used to not exercise? Why are they NOT good reasons to exercise? Have you ever experienced post-goal accomplishment blues?

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  1. I remember seeing an interview with the great Carl Lewis. He said that some days (towards the later part of his career) he would wake up and just didn’t feel much like training. Of course it was his job, so he got on and did it, but it just demonstrates that we’re not alone. Many other sports professionals (including the great Bjorn Borg) have complained of having off days (normally when their game is going wrong) and many of these sports pros complain of a ‘love-hate’ relationship with their chosen sport. When its going great they love it and enjoy training – when its going bad they feel dejected and this causes understandable dips in their motivation like us all. These are the sporting elite, so for us mere mortals I think its okay to have the odd off-day too!

    1. Well said and you’re absolutely right. It is ok. I think I just need a reminder every now and then 🙂

  2. Finding excuses not to exercise is true of all of us. Even supreme athletes and sports professional admit to having motivation issues some days. So we shouldn’t feel to bad about it. The important thing to do is to put those days behind us and to focus on what we are wanting to achieve. Keeping exercise fun and trying new things has always been my key to staying true.

    1. Hi Louise. It’s hard to imagine the supreme athletes having motivation issues. It stands to reason but still hard to imagine. I guess lack of motivation does’t reach to the top of the pedestal I put them on 🙂

  3. So true!! I’m the master of finding excuses!! My current favorite: it’s too dark outside. I think I need a kick in the butt 🙂

    1. I think runners are the masters of excuses but I also think we’re also good at not letting excuses stop us 🙂

  4. After I ran my first marathon, I was like — Now What? It’s weird going from running dozens of miles a week to running A DOZEN. But it gave me the opportunity to do more trail running and to help my father with some renovation projects, which are basically like cross training! You just need a new goal! But you also need some time “off” to try new and fun ways to stay in shape!

  5. as early as 3?! jill i need your dedication! i can do 445 but it’s been killing me after the time change for whatever reason. gotta get back to it!

    1. 3:00 just seems to be happening but not by choice. My preference is 4:00. I definitely felt the time change too!

  6. Great job! I have had a tough time pushes aside excuses lately, I think it is the darker days and colder weather.

    1. Thanks Jen. I wish could blame it on the weather 🙂 My excuses are usually in the evening and so far the weather is fine and I have a workout room. See. I really have no excuse 🙂

    1. Busy late nights are when I talk myself into a few short workout sessions instead of my 1-1.5. Hope life slows down a bit. Oh wait. It’s the holiday season so that’s not likely to happen is it? have a great weekend Barb!

  7. Oh I have a lot of excuses! I’m not a fan of running in the dark so that’s one of my big excuses right now. I have a treadmill but can’t drag myself out of bed at 5 to use it. I finished a half the end of October and I’ve slacked a bit since then. Time to stop making excuses and just do it.

    1. Hi Jamie, I really wanted to say JUST DO IT in my post but thought it was a bit too Nike-ish cliche haha! I should have because when it comes down to it it’s true. No more excuses! Just do it!

      I just noticed the pumpkin pie recipe link under your comment. Yum! Off to check it out now!

  8. Love this post!

    I find if I work in 1 or 2 rest days per week, I am much less likely to feel the need to “excuse” myself from exercise.

    Love those pictures. Fantastic.

  9. Love this! Sad thing is, I have said every one of those excuses. In fact, I skipped my workout yesterday because “I was too tired” and ” I was too busy”. Ugh! Of course I totally regret it!

  10. I’m finding myself fighting the excuses more these days as it’s darker and colder in the mornings, but I’m still fairly motivated to build toward the marathon. I am so jealous of your ability to be awake and functioning at 3am… I’d get so much more done, but I need my sleep!

  11. These are great!

    Getting changed was the biggest thing for me lol Second of all, I didn’t own gym clothes.

    1. Getting changed? That’s one excuse I don’t think I’ve used 🙂 I see a link below your comment for Chocolate Protein PB2 cups sound awesome. Yum! Off to check it out now!

      Speaking of recipes, you’re the creator of the protein muffin tops right? If not this is embarrassing. If yes, love them! I make them weekly 🙂

      1. I suuuuure am! 🙂 Glad you like them…I’ve having some right now!

        Ya…the thought of having to change, get out of the house and move was asking far too much. I was sooo lazy! #timeshavechanged

  12. I always do my workouts in the morning, and my #1 excuse is definitely “I’m too tired.” Then I ask myself, what’s really going to give me more energy – an extra hour-ish of sleep or a nice run? That usually gets me going.

  13. Excuses drive me crazy. I hate listening to people’s excuses about why they can’t workout.

    I’m not remember who it is that’s part of BBB who is writing down her excuses in a journal to remind herself how silly they are. That’s the best idea ever.

    Can’t wait for your vlog. Love getting to meet people that way.

    1. It drives me crazy too Carrie! Love the journal idea. Nervous about the vlogging…any tips?

  14. I LOVE this post Jill!!! I’ve used being tired lately as an excuse…it is just a way of life now that I need to get over so last night I strapped the baby on in the Bjorn and walked for an hour while she slept!! I always get the blues after a big race!!

  15. I need to edit my post now. It sounds like an excuse. But I did get some workouts in. 🙂

    Congrats on the vlog debut! I’ll be watching.

  16. way to squash those excuses!!! you go girl! i would love to see you start vlogging!! <3 spa love and happy friday!

  17. I ‘d like to work on my core more on my non-running days, but find myself saying “it’s too hard.”

    I need to follow the NO EXCUSES plan!

    1. Hi Amy! I’ve failed on the core this week too and I’m not even sure why. Ugh!

  18. I’m very excited for you to head down the natural running road! Best thing I ever did (I think I’ve said this a few thousand times). You’ll love it when you get there.

    1. Keep saying it! I’m excited to see where this takes my running. I’m giving natural running 8 weeks of smart transitioning. We’ll see 🙂

  19. So, I woke up a 3:00 a.m. this morning and I’m shattered. That’s my excuse. UGH! I hate sleepless nights and it’s going to be a doozy of a day with everything I have going on with the kids’. I know running will give me energy, but I’m just not feeling it. 😛

    I linked up a few posts today. It’s been a crazy fitness week! Maybe I over did it and that’s why I’m tired?

    1. Hi Denise, 2 or 3 link ups every now and then is no problem! You’ve had a busy week. Sorry to hear you’re not sleeping well.

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