OK - so 80mph storms are possibly a good excuse for not going out and doing a long run - possibly.

But cleaning the house ?(my excuse on Friday for 8.5 hours - during which time I managed a whole sinkful of washing up!)

What other valid excuses are there...
'must spend more time with the family' (translation ...sitting in front of computer with RW forums open.)

'must sort my clothes for next week' (ie gym kit - not work clothes - I'll just wear what I can find)

'must clean my shoes' - ie handwash trainers

'must write a few letters' ie update running log

'need to let a couple of hours go by as I've only just eaten' ie 'and if I keep on eating and drinking then I'll never go out as you shouldn't exercise just after a meal....'

'must plan annual leave for next year' - ie look at events schedule and plan family's holiday around that

Why is it that when you're not running - it takes up more time than when you are ? Going out for a run is the quick bit!



  • Excellent, SS I've been running out of good excuses myself, these'll come in handy.
  • The eating one woorks best for me
  • RedheadRedhead ✭✭✭
    Currently using the eating excuse - too windy for outdoor run (branches and roof tiles flying everywhere) so thought I'd go to the gym mid-morning after brekkie had settled. Then decided to have an early lunch so that it would have time to settle before an early afternoon run.....and so it goes on!
  • even better if you use Hobbit meal times - first breakfast, second breakfast, brunch, lunch, etc.
  • Oh, I'm so glad it's not just me. It IS too windy isn't it.

    My latest excuse, which is working excellently is "...maybe I'm not well..."
  • I've got a cold and I don't want to make it worse!
  • Jon Darling,
    You go to bed with some whiskey and chocolate, Nursey Daisy says so.
  • It's funny but I'm the other way around I use my running as an excuse not to do other things!
  • and I have a funny leg! Mind you, people have been saying that for years!
  • And of course, if you have been out on the 'pop' last night, you will be far too dehydrated to go running. So you will have to spend a few hours taking liquids onboard.
  • Jon, if your legs really bad, Nurse DeBarkles will attend....!
  • My 'excuse' today was that I have a couple of leg twinges I'm uncertain about so want to rest.

    However anyone who accused me of skiving a run would have been greeted with an incredulous stare - despite the weather, I had to resist talking myself into the run, not out of it!!
  • I've got a cold. It's horrible cos it's bad enough to stop be running, but not bad enough to stop me decorating all weekend!

    Any advice nurse Daisy?
  • I've just spent the afternoon snoring on the floor in the living room in front of the TV whilst MiniSS played Buckaroo - on me! This involved her piling loads of pictures / ornaments / Wizard Chess pieces and video boxes on top of me and every 5 minutes of so I had to say 'Bu**er you' - no of course not - 'Buckaroo' was the word and buck them off.

    What a fantastic excuse for not going out - quality mum / daughter play time.

    Unfortunately, MrSS will be home in the next 2-3 hours and I'll have to go out then - even if it's midnight - or I'll feel I'm letting Ron down.....

    Guilt - the great leveller.
  • You are more committed than me
    Windy AND dark!!
  • Benz - haven't done it yet!
  • But think of uncle RON
    Ive read that thread#id be scared too
  • have you been out yet SS?
  • Surely you must have been out by now!!
  • SS
    you back yet?
    must have been a very long run
  • HI Guys!!!! Had to spend a hard day's work on a freezing cold windswept racecourse today - tough work - but someone's got to do it!

    Did the run tho! Went out at 2115 last night, 6.5 miles - it was MAGIC!

    Cold - 'playful' wind, starry starry night - no moon at first so could see the milky way and all the winter constellations (why can't I ever remember their names?). Shooting stars - satellites - distant airplanes - beautiful. Then the moon slowly rose behind the mountains - oh wow - what a night after such a storm. It's pitch black here - someone once said that the night sky should be an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - now I know why.

    Oh no - Tuesday's fast session tomorrow morning at 5.30am.... well that's something else to really look forward to isn't it?
  • .. and non-believers ask us why we go out running.

    Your post should be compulsory reading for armchair critics
  • Wow SS sounds like a fantastic run!

    How do you run at night, how do you light your way? What about traffic seeing you? I'd really like to and it looks like running in the dark may become my only option during the week.

    It sounds great,so how do you take care of the practicalities.

  • Nice one SS sounds great.........

    I might be the odd one out, but, personally I never look for excuses not to run, because I allways want to run, and I have to stop myself from running too much most of the time, but thats just me, obsessive in everything ............
  • SS i am SEROIUSLY impressed
    Give me some of your motivation:)
  • cant possibly run it would affect my hockey
    I mean I might get injured so i have to schedule enough rest days

    doesnt work after last weekend!
  • dont belieeve you
    Whos doing reading????
  • Hi Daisy Dog - sorry - haven't logged on for a bit.

    Re : Running in the dark. Well - I don't use any torch at all - my eyes adapt OK without and I think torches tend to ruin your night vision. BUT - I know the route really really well - so I know exactly where the 3 potholes are - and did almost get caught out on Sunday when I trod on a very round bigger than usual twig / small branch.

    I always always wear a mesh vest with serious reflective scotchlite panels on it over a thin running top. I've got a yellow one as well as an orange one - different lighting makes one more visible than the other - eg dusk is def an orange vest - not yellow which is better for foggy / murky weather and morning ! Honest!!

    And in the dark I'm more prepared to stop and throw myself into the side if a car comes towards me - more so that its headlights don't blind me than anything.

    I prefer running in the morning - at 6am now - as that way it's getting lighter rather than darker - but where we are there is more traffic at that time than at night. Also in the morning the air's cleaner (less pollution from people's fires' etc)

    NEVER EVER run in mist though as it's a sure fire way to get a lung infection and some morning's can be really misty - but you don't realise til you're in it.

    I blew my Tueday early morning session - went off too fast and ground to a halt after 1min :50secs of a 7 minute fast run!! Ron (see General Heartrate thread)gave me feedback and say's that you do tend to run faster in the dark, he's written an interesting piece on it - and I know I did on Sunday night as well. So you might find you train better at night than in the day!

    Try it - it's fun!
  • Wow! Thanks Shattered Shins.

    I presume you're in the country with that reference to throwing yourself into the side if a car comes. So that's no longer an excuse either...

    Damn, so that means the old, "but it's too dark now" excuse is out of the window.

    But wait - my running clothes are dark - I need a reflective jacket - thank goodness, puts it off for a bit longer...

    Bad (getting rather unfit) Daisy Dog
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