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Friday, October 19, 2007

When I Grow Up, I Want to Be Like You!


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As I get closer to a race, I usually get lots of questions about training, how much do I run, etc., to train for long distance races. My mileage tends to fall between 50 - 100 miles per week with most of that taking place over two very long runs on the weekend. Here are some other questions answered:

"When I grow up, I want to be like you. My weekends are so busy, I can't do anything else."

Cry me a river. I get up at 3:15, to be out running between 4:00 and 4:30am. On the longest run weekends, one weekend every 4 weeks, I'm out running until about noon. On 2 of the other 3 weeks a month, I get up and get my running done by 7:30am. I'm usually back home before my family is fully awake. On the final weekend of the 4 week cycle, I don't run at all. There is always a way, if you want something bad enough. The question is, "How bad do you want it?"

"Do you just go home and sleep all day after doing all of that running?"

Actually, I'm doing lots of landscaping around my house, and I usually come home and dig holes for trees and shrubs all day! On the one weekend a month where I put in 60-85 miles over Saturday and Sunday, I admit, I'm pretty whipped. On those weekends, I really don't get much else done. But to accommodate my family, the other 3 weekends in the 4 week cycle, I either don't run or I'm home before anyone even realizes that I was gone. My wife calls the off weekends the "wife clause" in my running plan.

"Well, that's just crazy. I can't do that."

You can't, or do you choose not to. There's a difference. I'm not suggesting that everyone should be running 100 miles a week, but not having enough time is no excuse to get a moderate amount of exercise each week. Make it a priority and schedule time to do it. It really is that simple.

So, what exactly is your excuse for not having time to exercise?

"The difference between successful and unsuccessful people is that successful people are willing to do what the unsuccessful people are not."
-E.M. Gray

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