Thursday, October 24, 2013

Running Excuses

Sometimes we don't hit our running goals, in workouts or in races. I've had some great runs this year but I've also faced some injuries that side-lined me. I couldn't tackle my goal time for the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run and I couldn't run the Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race at all.

But when we don't meet our goals how should we handle it? Should we just say 'I didn't do it' and move on? Or should we look for reasons why we missed the mark? When do those reasons become excuses?

A really excellent runner that I love offered this advice and I would love to hear your thoughts:
Some people will tell you "don't make excuses", don't listen to these idealists. Excuses are reasons that you can go faster next time. If you have no excuses you have nothing left to improve on. So make a long list of excuses, maybe you got thirsty, or your leg cramped, you watched too much tv the night before, you didn't workout enough, didn't do enough hill work, or were too tired from too much hill work etc. These are all reasons that you didn't get under 2:00, working on cutting these down and make your list of excuses after the next race.

I may be back on the roads soon logging some miles. How should I handle when things don't go the way I plan for them to go?