The 5 Worst Excuses Used to Avoid Running
With the annual Dublin Docklands 5K just around the corner, we decided to list some of the most commonly heard excuses used to avoid running, and then we tell you why your excuse is garbage.
- I just don’t have the time!
You and I both know this isn’t true. Find half an hour at least once a week for a jog/walk, you know yourself that time exists. I find the optimal time is when you’re sitting in front of the TV questioning why you even pay for digital TV when there’s never anything good on.
- The hack of the weather outside!
Did you just move to Ireland? Decades living here and you’re still upset about getting a bit wet? There’s a plethora of running gear available to keep you bone dry while running. If it’s cold out, you’ll naturally warm up within minutes. Don’t let the weather dictate what you do.
- I’m so out of shape, there’s no point.
This excuse is unforgivable. Everybody has to start somewhere so it’s better to just pull the trigger and start today. No one expects you to be Paula Radcliffe right off the bat. If you’re feeling a bit self-conscious about starting, just remember that no one out there gives a toss when they see people running.
- I’m too old for that kind of carry-on.
Nonsense. Fauja Singh ran a 10K in Hong Kong in one hour, 32 minutes and 28 seconds. He was 101 years old at the time. You’re not even close to being 101 years old, so show your body a random act of kindness and get back in gear! You’ll definitely begin to feel younger soon after.
- My body is always in bits afterwards.
Learn how to stretch your body properly before and after each run, this should curb most of your discomfort. And anyway, your body may well be sore, but your head won’t have felt as good in a long time. If you didn’t know, exercise is one of the best ways of looking after your mental health.