Talkback: Six Common Beginner Excuses

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31/12/2009 at 00:29

Is that it. Only six excuses. Surely a beginner must have more than six.

What about the I'm going to start running but won't because its raining outside and have a fear of getting wet.

31/12/2009 at 10:34
It does say common
ImRio    pirate
31/12/2009 at 11:13
I could probably think of 6 now and I have been running for years.  In fact I wonder if the number of excuses you can come up with is in correlation to the number of years running?
01/01/2010 at 02:02

my personal favourite (and I never get tired of telling this story) was an otherwise highly intelligent guy in my office who spoke to me just before I was going out for a run and came up with the classic:

"I'm too unfit for anything like that."

I SO had to bite my tongue not to say "Er... so was I... BEFORE I started running!"

01/01/2010 at 21:45

I heard a good one from a workmate too:-

him - "I wouldn't run because of the damage it would do to my knees"

me - "why, have you got bad knees?"

him - "no, but don't runners get bad knees?".........

?? what an idiot Almost as bad as the other popular one about how running so often must surely be bad for you and other such chestnuts...

03/01/2010 at 13:31

At the end of the day its just will power.  I have been running for years and there are days I would rather do anything than go outside.  I often don't enjoy it when I do go out with that attitude but when I come back I feel sooo much better for it.  Its that that makes me go. 

Its difficult explaning that to people who don't run.  I don't believe anyone who says they have never had a bad day....

03/01/2010 at 23:34
My wife refuses to take up running as she says (amongst all the other excuses) that she will get two black eyes from her chesticles.... she just asked me to change that but it's what she said first so there it is!
05/01/2010 at 11:41

I think Jodie's point about willpower is very relevant. I've been running a few years now, and still sometimes find it hard to get out there. By varying routes, speeds and terrain (sometimes even the gym treadmill provides a welcome change!) all provide diversions from thinking "I've got to do another run around the same loop in the same time".

And Damon - that's no excuse either! When I started running I was a FF (now an "A", sadly!!) and it still wasn't enough to faze a good Shock Absorber :??)

05/01/2010 at 11:48
I found that running with a club, and/or a friend, helped a lot - it's much harder to wimp out if you know other people are expecting you.
05/01/2010 at 12:27
Rach E is, sadly, spot on - I've lost two cup sizes in 12 weeks!!

There's a positive feedback system when it comes to getting out on a bad day; once your willpower has got you out the first couple of times you don't want to, in your heart of hearts, you know you'll feel brilliant for the run when you get back.

I kind of enjoy the runs I didn't want to go on more than the ones I did!

05/01/2010 at 20:41

i've just started running again after a years 'break'. All of the above excuses couldn't counteract the fact that I was exhausted after 2 days in Disneyland, so i started my first day with a short run around the my aunties house in LA and on boxing day of all days....if i can do it the day after xmas in 80degree heat i can do it anywhere!!


05/01/2010 at 20:45
Very true,varaition is the key. But we're from the point,excuses. My favourite being,"I'd only get too good at it. I'm like that with everything I do". Tosser.
06/01/2010 at 11:01

No, Xandria, it's not.

I think that if you have more to start with, some of it will go, but I was never big-busted and mine didn't shrink much (one cup size as part of the overall weight loss).

I'm a 'B' cup after 10 years of running.

06/01/2010 at 11:02

i started running in august gave up the whole of december because it was "xmas" bet that wasnt on there!!! and now went back to running club last night and wished i had just carried on i actually love it!!

i am the queen of excuses i wish we had our snowfall last night and once i was out i am glad it didnt snow!!

06/01/2010 at 12:06

Nope, complete nonsense that you lose your bust. 

I run marathons and ultras and whereas everything else is tiny my bust is much the same.  Still a D cup.  (and they are not implants before you ask)

06/01/2010 at 17:59
anybody who has been denied mobility at any stage in their life would give their right arm to get on their feet and charge down the road. if you're a fat lazy f*ck you don't get any sympathy from me. you have one body, one life- get out and use it.
06/01/2010 at 21:12
albert... couldnt have said it better myself!!
07/01/2010 at 15:09
rock on tri chick!!
07/01/2010 at 15:23

I started running a C, and I'm actually now a D, and have lost the fat round my thighs!

But like Wilkie metions, if you have some extra weight to lose then yes you might loose a little from your bust, but you'll lose LOADS everywhere else so they will end up looking bigger! 

07/01/2010 at 21:37

How about this as an excuse from a beginner  - me.  Its 2 inches of solid, lumpy ice on all paths and roads within 15 miles except for the M3 motorway.  Running around a park in the dark would be pure stupidity unless you have a death wish and all running clubs evenings start and finish when I  am still at work.  That said,  when it clears up I will be out again and cant wait.

Albert,  I thought running was not an elitist clique of "so much better than thou" people that you can find in other walks of life.  I hope this remains to be the case. 

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