Willpower is a lie but excuses are a real thing. Don’t let excuses set you back.

The Long Beach Half is a short 8 weeks away! The longest run I’ve done so far has been only 6 miles! But they were good miles so I think I’ll be ready. I am constantly working on my speed, doing sprints and tempos etc, and really do want to get faster but when it all comes right down to it, I just LIKE to run slow.

The day after my 6 miler, I went out for 4 miles with every intention of them being junk miles. And it was fun. I went slow and listened to my tunes and up and ran along a path I don’t always get to run along and it was a great time. Did it help  my training? I can’t say. But it was a bit of a reminder why I do this crazy sport.There is something about it that I actually do think is fun! Many people probably don’t feel that way, I get it, but we’re all different. 🙂

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Life has been a little bit nuts over here in the ol’ RSF household and to be honest, it’s been easy to give myself excuses to not get out there and workout. Last night at work (midnighter 6p-6a right here) was a really rough, tough day. We were dealing with a big crime that happened in my dear city and it was a long, long night. (Worse for my friends that got held over at the end of their shift. So how much can I complain?!) But the day before I got the worst sleep. I got bad news right before I went to fall asleep, which kept me up way too late and then I kept dreaming about that news, distorting it- making it better, making it worse than reality- which really shook me up and kept waking me up. I think I got a total of 4 hours and woke up about 7 times in between. To go from that to what happened at work… rough. My sprints that were scheduled after work DEFINITELY got postponed.

(When I finally got home, I went straight to bed and got NINE whole solid hours. I was shocked, actually and was almost late to the gym! Even setting my alarm, I was like, there’s no way I’m going to sleep that long. But I did. I was tired.) 

Sometimes life happens and gets in your way and cuts into your training plan. Most of the time my excuses to skip a sweat session are muchhhh less valid. I know I’m still trying to work on overcoming all those excuses and justifications and get off my butt! I think I’ve said before that I don’t believe in willpower. It’s a myth. It’s NOT a thing. Don’t surround yourself with temptation and set yourself up to fail. Replace “willpower” with motivation and positive reinforcement! Don’t think about all the reasons why you can’t / why it’s hard and remember ALL the reasons why you CAN and should and WANT TO.

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Excuse: I’m too busy.

We are all busy. Everyone. It’s a matter of making it a priority. Schedule it into your day like another appointment. Do a small workout when you can (and repeat throughout the day.) Can you kill two birds? Running errands-can you walk to the store? Going out with friends- can you do something active instead of drinks/dinner out?

Excuse: It’s too boring.

Don’t even come at me with this one. There are 1,000 things to do that ‘count’ as exercise. Swim, bike, hike, run, walk, dance, zumba, pilates, yoga, lift weights, box, kayak, crossfit. Try them all and find something you like!

 

Excuse: I’m too tired.

Gah this one hits me where it hurts. This is my go-to. I honestly, not being hyperbolic, do not get enough sleep. It’s pathetic and my trainer-bff AL tells me all the time I need to get. more. sleep. (Another reason I was amazed I slept for 9 hours. Truly unheard of around these parts.) I’m tired a lot. But truth is, working out gives you energy. Not just for that day either, but if exercise is a regular part of your lifestyle, you’ll have more energy than someone sitting on the couch all day. Also, please get more sleep.

Excuse: My (something) hurts.

Is it sore or is it injured? If injured, go to the Dr. If it’s sore, RICE that shhh and get back out there. Take care of your body and treat it well but don’t tell yourself you don’t have to move because you have weak ankles. Also, there’s a reason water aerobics are a thing! Pool running all the way!

Excuse: It’s too hot

Dude. this one is just me feeling sorry for myself. In AZ, if I don’t run in the dark at like 3:00 AM its too too hot! I started my 6 miler later than I wanted (slept in! hah) and went out around 6 AM. I started my run at 84 deg. 6 miles later and it was 97!! So I run in the dark. I run on the treadmill. I deal with the heat and run in paths I know have functional water fountains.

Also get your mind off of it! During my last hill run, I made my friend keep texting me fantasy stories of being off in some beautiful, cool weathered place with him instead of stuck running up some high hill in the crazy AZ heat. That worked like a charm! 🙂

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This is the face I sent him asking for HELP!

 

Don’t have a babysitter? Get the kids involved. Don’t want to pay for a gym membership? DON’T! There are so many things you can do at home/ at the park / at the pool that cost a grand total of $0.00. Don’t know what you’re doing or if you’re doing the move correctly? Do what you know/can and research the rest. There are sites (bodybuilding.com is a great one) and youtube videos and I’m sure you know someone that’s a gym rat that can help. Pinterest has tons of ideas on routines.

Don’t let excuses get in your way and stop you from achieving your goals. From what you WANT.

 

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