Friday, May 28, 2010

No Excuses

Last week was a bust as far as running goes. I had a great 6 mile run last Saturday and then NOTHING until today. I haven't gone that long without running since my infamous break last winter that led me to basically starting over fitness-wise. I really don't want that to happen again. Luckily today I didn't feel like I had lost too much, maybe a little speed but I managed 6 miles in 55 minutes which is a little slower than usual but not bad by any means.

I'm still just a little bugged that I let that much time go by without running. I had some decent excuses, my foot hurt on Monday so I skipped my run. Tuesday the temperature was in the 90's and we ended up spending the day at the beach. Wednesday was still super hot so we skipped town and joined Taber on a business trip in Portsmouth. There was a gym at the hotel but Taber was working the whole time and at business dinners till super late and I couldn't really leave the girls in the room by themselves. Anyway, lots of excuses but the truth is, if I REALLY wanted to I could've fit it in somewhere. Yeah it would've been tricky and probably inconvenient but definitely possible. The truth is, finding time to run as a mom is always tricky and inconvenient. When I start letting the excuses take over that's when it starts slipping away from me.

I have an article from Runners World that I cut out and taped on my motivation wall by my work-out calendar. It's about a mother of 6 children who despite raising such a large family has still managed to train for and finish 15 marathons, her fastest time, 2:50!!!! How does she do it? Her alarm goes off at 4:45 am every morning so she can get in a 10-12 mile run and be back in time to make lunches and get the kids off to school. Amazing! I'm sure a mom with 6 kids has millions of good excuses not to run, but she does it anyway. I'm bummed about my week but I'm going to chalk it up to a learning experience and remember that life gets crazy but if I stay focused on my goals, no excuse can stop me from reaching them.


  1. Well said! It seems like every time I want to go out and do something important (like exercise) there's ALWAYS an excuse, with fail. Sometimes those excuses are even good ones, but they're always there. Well done though, say goodbye to yesterday and look forward to the future!

  2. Okay- really funny that you posted this about missing your runs. I just posted a play by play of why I didn't get my runs in this week!

  3. Dude Becca! You are awesome despite missing a few runs. I'm glad you read that article and are looking forward instead of sitting around feeling bad about opportunities missed. It IS harder to work out as mothers, but it is worth the sacrifices. I am currently trying to switch my runs from 10pm to 6am! I gotta get them done sometime! Wish me luck. I'm wishing you luck always!

  4. Oh, Becca you are awesome! I took a month off after the 1/2, after swearing I wouldn't do it this year. Today I started up again (seminary is over so no excuses!). It was tough, and I felt like I was starting from scratch.

    I love to come here though and see that I can keep doing this. It is good for me, and I really do love and miss it when I don't run. So, thanks for the motivation! I'm kicking it back into gear for the summer. NO EXCUSES!

  5. We have all had weeks like that, and we all know it's true that we could have done it if we had made it a priority! This post was good for me because w/ baby #3, it's only going to get trickier!