Excuses – Not Just for Runners Any More (OK, they never have been)

This is always an interesting time of year to me. I personally don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions. To me, why not just have a “today resolution”? Stop putting it off to some magical time: the New Year, the beginning of the month, the start of a week, or waiting for the weekend. It’s all just a way of making an excuse for not doing something you supposedly want to do. By the way, if you really want to…. you would… and if you really don’t want to… stop torturing yourself and everyone else who listens to you and just stop.

I found out a copy of my “Coach, I didn’t run today because…” is now a popular item at the Circus Library here in the Valley of the Sun. It seems that they came across a copy of the book, and at their get-togethers they pass it around and take turns reading excuses aloud. Somewhere along the way they realized the excuses weren’t just about running. So, now it has become a “running” joke (pun intended) not to make excuses for practicing their art.

I guess this underscores that this book is not just for runners. Get one for your favorite “excuse maker” and start turning them into an excuse buster. Get those New Year’s resolution makers to be TODAY resolution makers.

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This is an excerpt from “Coach, I didn’t run because…” a book about excuses not to get your workout done and how to overcome them.

…Single parenting with two busy kids, working full-time as a software engineer and attempting to be a runner is a tough balance. Then, one day it became an even bigger challenge for me.

It was only a few years ago. But I remember it like it was yesterday. It happened. Something I would never expect – a nighttime home invasion. Though my kids were spared the trauma, I was not. I survived and worked through many emotional issues on my way back to both emotional and physical health. At first it was difficult just getting back to some semblance of normalcy.

Running has been a part of my life for more than 15 years. Running outside however for a very long time was emotionally difficult for me. I needed to find my way past the excuse. I loved running outdoors. I loved the freedom. I no longer felt that freedom. Fear replaced that. But, to run; just to run, was far more important. I longed to feel my energy streaming through me stride after stride. It was time to get running again. My compromise was to run on my treadmill either in the early mornings or after my long days of work. Indoor running is safer, convenient and I can keep an eye on the kiddos without arranging a babysitter. It worked.

…By the way, did you know at that speed on a treadmill it only takes a split second to lose it?

…. the whole world went into slow motion. I miss-stepped and I was now in mid-air; arms spread out grasping thin air; legs out behind me; and the whirring treadmill staring in my face. I don’t remember the impact. I know I landed face first. The broken nose and treadmill-sanded abrasions on my face were proof of that. It wasn’t pretty…

Score: Treadmill – 1, Stephanie – 0…

Want to read more about how Stephanie and other everyday runners overcome excuses and just get it done? Get your copy of “Coach, I didn’t run because…” It’s an entertaining, motivational and practical look at excuse making and how to become an Excuse Buster – just like Stephanie. Pick one up for your runner friend, a copy for everyone on your team or for that special someone you know setting New Year’s resolutions…. yet again.


About Dean Hebert

I’m a mental game coach, author and speaker. I work with individual athletes, parents, coaches, and teams on sports performance enhancement. Beyond my academic post-graduate work in sports psychology - the psychology behind athlete performance – I am a certified Mental Games Coaching Professional (MGCP) and certified hypnotherapist. I’ve authored several books and hundreds of articles. “Coach, I didn’t run because…” (2008) is a seriously light-hearted look at making excuses not to workout and how to overcome them. “Focus for Fitness” (2009) and “Screw the Goals Give me the Donut” (2010) are two of my eBooks on mental game approaches for the everyday athlete. I wrote these because I believe that everyone can benefit from the powerful mental techniques that the world’s best athletes use. I have been cited in Runners World, Best Health magazine (CN), SWEAT Magazine, and the Washington Examiner amongst many other publications. I have been a featured mental games coach in Runner’s World and for the internationally acclaimed trail running resource - trailrunningclub.com. I also regularly appear on sports and fitness talk shows such as LTKFitness, Runnersroundtable and for more than three years I have co-hosted a weekly video series with Coach Joe English for Running-Advice.com. I specialize in mental toughness training. My clients include tennis, synchronized swimming, golf, race-kart, soccer, motocross, volleyball, MMA, cycling (road, off-road, time-trialist), running, duathlon and triathlon, basketball, football and baseball athletes. I have coached world-class athletes and athletes internationally. I have a passion for working with youth athletes and helping them apply mental game skills and techniques to all areas of life. Most importantly, my aim is to have people enjoy sports and life to their fullest through peak performances.
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One Response to Excuses – Not Just for Runners Any More (OK, they never have been)

  1. run4change says:

    Hello Sir. I asked you a question some time ago regarding ultra running. I told you that a another coach said that I would permenantly damage my body doing it without running many 100 mile weeks. Anyway, your answer was encouraging to me.
    I lost 130 lbs from Dec. 2006 to Dec. 2007. After losing 60, I started running. I immediately started training according to the Galloway method so that I could fulfill a life long dream of completing a marathon. I did it. In Oct. 2007 I finished the Portland Marathon. I have since finished 7 marathons and 4 ultras (up to 50 miles).
    I wanted to say thank you for your input. Many “coaches’ discouraged and broke down, you built up. Great job man.
    I linked to your answer to my question for an upcoming post on my blog. I think the post will be up around Jan. 6th, but you can check out my story if you want before then.


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