Excuses, Excuses, Excuses…

You know the type — these are the people who come up with any excuse to try and defer any type of responsibility for poor performance. There is only one way to get faster and here it is…wait for it…you have to train. This video has made the rounds, but it makes me laugh every time I see it…

So if I ever start to sound like the tool in this video, someone please smack me upside the head and help me reset my priorities. You have to do the workouts to hit your goals.

You want to climb hills better? Get on your bike and ride hills.

You want to run faster? Go out and run intervals, tempo runs, or just run faster during your workouts. It isn’t too difficult.

Can’t seem to get over the hump in your workouts and run farther than 1 mile, 2 miles, (insert distance here)? HTFU and just run. That or plan to take walk breaks and be happy with your performance.

I don’t care if the longest race you will ever participate in is a 5K — everyone in endurance sports has a reason for hitting the pavement and they are all valid. I respect everyone who gets out and tries to hit their personal goals they have set. I love the stories behind some runners and triathletes who have come from a sedentary lifestyle to compete in their first race. When people do the training, I love to read race reports, regardless of finish times. Listening to someone who pushed hard and hit their potential during a race is refreshing, even rejuvenating. I draw energy from those people. People who get out, train, push it during a race are a pure inspiration to me.

I like the advice given in this video…train. Decide what your performance goals are, create  a plan to support their achievement, and get out on the pavement and train.

Whenever you feel down and you don’t want to train, come back here and remember your excuses suck…

About the Author

I have been participating in running and triathlons for 10 years and love the feeling that training provides. You may not agree with me, but you know you just can't look away...