Busting This Excuse Can Change Your Running (And Your Life)
You want to run a 100-mile race.
You’re either dreaming of it or you’ve signed up already, but finding the time to train is hard.
Someone put it to me this way…
“Many women can’t or don’t find the enormous amount of time necessary to train and run 100s.”
If this is you, I’m going to invite you to kick this soul-killing excuse to the curb.
The problem isn’t time - that’s just a thing. It doesn’t reach out, grab your arm, and stop you from running.
The problem is the story you're telling yourself about time - one that paints you as a helpless victim.
The sentence above is a great example because combines two super-common time stories.
First, that the amount of time necessary to train for a 100-mile race is “enormous” (feel that word!).
To test the enormity, I'll use my own example. My highest training week takes about 18 hours of running, 2.5 hours of strength training, and about 1.5 hours of stretching. Twenty-two total.
If you train the same amount of time I do, work a full-time 40-hour job, and sleep a blissful 8 hours a day, you still have 50 hours left over for eating, showering, transportation, and whatever else.
And if training for a single 100-miler is a temporary priority that doesn’t last all year, the percentage of the hours it requires in a year shrinks even smaller.
So the time needed to train for a 100 might not be as enormous as you imagine.
The second story in that sentence is that you “don’t have or can’t make” the time. That's basically saying you have no control over your own time. Or that you don’t have the confidence in yourself to manage it.
To test this, track how you spend the 1,440 minutes of a day and write down:
What do you use the time in your day for?
What’s costing you time?
How could you make time?
What do you want to use your time for?
The answers show what you’re currently choosing to have time for and how you can make time for other priorities if you want.
So “don’t have or can’t find the time” might not be the ironclad truth it seemed.
Here’s what I’d like you to do - look at whatever negative story you tell yourself about time, and why.
Is it protecting you from failure - if you can’t train, you can’t run the race, and can’t DNF?
Is telling it easier than making changes to spend it the way you want?
Is it easier than admitting what you say you want isn’t really what you want right now?
If you want to change your story, do it. If you need an outside perspective, get a friend or a coach like me to help.
Whatever your current priorities - they don’t have to include a 100-mile race - spend time on them deliberately. Don’t wait for someone to ok it, or for free time to appear by magic. If they're truly priorities, find a way to create the time, starting today.
Because if you keep using time as an excuse for not going after what you want, you’ll drift along and never get what you want in running...or life.
And when you intentionally spend time on your real priorities, you’ll be amazed at what impossible things you can do.