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Christine Luff

Bust Your Running Excuses

By March 2, 2014

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When it's cold or dark outside, or you're too tired to go to the gym, it's easy to talk yourself out of running. Reader Alice has found herself in that situation, but she's been trying a new strategy with a lot of success.

"There are times when I'm just too lazy, tired or just simply can't be bothered, but I'm learning to say 'Right! Get up and get changed, you're going running!' because I know that I love it so much when I actually get out there," she writes. "For the past month or two, I've been really getting into it. I'm fitting in, on average, 4 runs per week, or 5 on a good week."

Way to go, Alice! Her experience is a great example of how a little positive self-talk can improve your running motivation. Here are a few more ideas to help beat your excuses:

  • Set up "running dates" with friends. It's a lot harder to blow off a run if you know someone else is counting on you.
  • Sign up for a race. There's nothing like a deadline to inspire running motivation.
  • Lay out your clothes. If you're trying to run in the morning, get your running clothes out the night before, so you don't even have time to procrastinate when you wake up.

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