Too Busy to Run?

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Hello friends!  Is it really only Wednesday? I feel like it should be SUNDAY for all the work I’ve gotten done.  And Sunday would be great because we’re going on a fun business/personal vacation to Scottsdale, Arizona!  I’m literally counting down the hours until our vacation.


Breakfast was fast and easy.  I THOUGHT I was going to have time to squeeze in a workout… but no dice.


Raw oatmeal, Chobani pineapple, and a banana.


Now, I’m working at the clinic.  I am plastic baggin’ lunch today!  We’ve been spending way too much money on eating out.


In the bag:


A salad of romaine lettuce, celery, carrots, and leftover tempeh.


Which I ate with a fork that THANKFULLY I found hiding in a desk drawer!  I forgot to pack silverware.  Crisis adverted!


And a crusty baguette with some hummus.


Lunch took me two minutes to pack and was quite tasty!


So… I’m over the Winter Wonderland.  The ice has started to melt (wahoo!) but it was still too dangerous to run outside this morning.  :(  Running outside would be begging for a twisted ankle.


I started my Half Marathon training plan on Monday, but I haven’t had a chance to run at all due to the weather!  It’s so frustrating because I feel like I need to do a lot of running to get ready for my March Half Mary.  Plus, even though the weather has been against me, I can already feel myself slipping into the oh-so-familiar trap of “I’m too busy to run.”


I am really good at excuses (some are legit, some are not):


  • It’s too dark to run outside…
  • It’s too cold to run outside…
  • I’m too busy with book-writing to run for an hour…
  • I’m too tired to run…
  • I would rather sleep in than wake up early and go for a run…
  • I can skip this run; one missed run doesn’t make a difference…
  • I have no buddies to run with so I’m going to pass…


Excuses, excuses!


I need to remember that training is hard or everyone would do it!  And despite some laziness, I really WANT to be doing this – I love racing! 


No matter how hard it is to commit to 252 miles of training runs over 10 weeks, I know that it will all be worth it when I cross the finish line feeling like this:


Or this:


Or this:




But not like this.  I never want to feel like this again!  Which is why I need to TRAIN TRAIN TRAIN.


When the going gets tough during training, I just need to remember all the reasons why I’m doing this… For the glory of crossing that finish line.  It’s hard when the rewards are so far away, but I know they are worth it.


Got to keep my eyes focused on the prize!


How do you stay motivated during long training plans and keep your eye on the prize?



  • Kristy @ KristyRuns January 12, 2011, 2:03 pm

    I take my training one day at a time. I don’t look at the weekly mileage I’m supposed to attain. Just the miles I need to put in that day. Makes it much more manageable.

    Plus, remember how great you’ll feel after a run! I’ve regretted NOT going on a run, but I’ve never regretted actually going on one…

  • Madeleine @ Stepping to the Bright Side January 12, 2011, 2:05 pm

    That’s a toughy- I myself am still trying to get fully aboard the workout train I abandoned before the holidays took over my life. What motivates me is knowing how GOOD I’ll feel once I’m done with my workout- even though you’ve got a great long term goal in mind, the shorter run you accomplish now is one productive step closer to that mega goal. Chipping away at the big block piece by piece and focusing on how good you’ll feel when you’re done TODAY, rather than thinking too far into the future is key I think 🙂

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin January 12, 2011, 2:08 pm

    This ones hard! I am training for the same half marathon, and I’ve adjusted Hal Higdon’s plan to suit my needs. I’m trying to focus on one run/training at a time, and I’ve also been trying to squeeze them out before work, which helps me SO much. Also, I know tons of other people are running the same half, so see if you can find someone to run the long runs with you! I bet you can!

  • Emily Bradley January 12, 2011, 2:09 pm

    I have just started running after being a swimmer and being told that swimmers make terrible runners. Which for a long time that was true, and remains true for most swimmers. So that was the initial motivation, to prove them and myself wrong. Then the best motivation for me was the first piece of advice my father (a former runner) gave when I told him about my new hobby. He said, “The hardest part of running is putting on your sneakers”. Perhaps you’ve heard it before but whenever I know I need to run I put on my sneakers without thinking to trick my brain into getting ready.

  • megan @ blackberries for jam January 12, 2011, 2:10 pm

    As much as I hate cross-training, it’s what keeps enthusiastic about running. A bike ride is nice, but I’m always looking forward to the next day when I can RUN!

  • Stacy @ Every Little Thing January 12, 2011, 2:17 pm

    Staying motivated can definitely be hard. I try and remind myself about how I feel when I don’t workout (mentally and physically, but moreso mentally!). Sometimes it helps, sometimes not. Also, “rewarding” myself after a workout can help sometimes too! Even just small things, like spending time online, buying a new magazine, going to Target, etc.

  • Jessica January 12, 2011, 2:18 pm

    One mantra/quote I like when I’m making too many excuses with training (or anything, really) is: “When you feel like giving up, remember all the reasons you’ve held on this long.” -I wish I remembered who is was by…fail by me!

  • Lisa January 12, 2011, 2:19 pm

    When I was training for Hood to Coast for a year it was really HARD to visualize my goal so far out. It wasn’t until it got to about 2-3 months before the Big Day that I finally felt like it was happening and ramped up my training.

  • Gavi @ GaviGetsGoing! January 12, 2011, 2:19 pm

    I stay motivated by thinking about the positive–that incredible feeling of accomplishment, success, and achievement when I’ve completed something for which I am well-prepared and ready. If I really need a push, I allow myself to think for a minute about things that I wasn’t ready for, and I remember how scared, anxious, and uneasy I felt doing them. Thinking about both types of situations motivates me to push myself and train because I know that the outcome will be so much better. When that doesn’t work, I just bite the bullet–like Emily, I just put on my workout clothes and tell myself I’ll just get outside and see where my body takes me. Usually, my body picks up the slack just fine and I end up doing workouts that I didn’t think possible. Good luck!

  • Lauri January 12, 2011, 2:19 pm

    I am traiing for the same half marathon as you – the National Half and it’s my first. Eek! I’ve also never done a race longer than a 5k. Double eek! But I picked a goal and I am determined to meet it!! I have been having trouble staying motivated as well but I told myself that i have a plan for a reason and I need to stick to it like glue! Today I told myself I was going to kick the treadmill’s butt. And I did 🙂 It is definetley half mental!

  • Michelle January 12, 2011, 2:21 pm

    You wrote about being a “list” person a few days ago, I’m the same way and I always get excited to cross off my daily training runs. It’s so satisfying. However, if I miss a run, I’ll replace the distance with a positive spin on what took up the time. Things like, “accomplished a big project at work,” or “caught up on much needed sleep,” or “unplanned drinks with friends.” It makes me feel just as good to cross these things off my list and they are essential for helping me keep things in perspective.

  • Sarah (Sarah Learns) January 12, 2011, 2:22 pm

    i bet you motivated yourself by writing this post! 🙂 i always have the hardest time getting started with a workout, but once i’m doing it, i don’t want to stop! i always tell myself that when i’m struggling to get going.

  • Heather January 12, 2011, 2:23 pm

    I have been very much struggling with the “excuses” – especially the “its too cold outside.”

    I need to get over that hurdle – and layer my clothes – it is time to get back in the game!

  • Kelly January 12, 2011, 2:23 pm

    One day at a time, if I look too far into the future I get overwhelmed and stressed out.

  • Sarah for Real January 12, 2011, 2:24 pm

    This is totally going to sound super know-it-all, punch-me-in-the-face. Honestly I saw this one coming for you. This is your first winter in a place that actually has winters (I guess besides your time in college, but you didn’t run then right?). Do you know if the icy/wintery/snowy stuff is uncommon there and will go away soon and never come back? Or maybe you’ll need to invest in a gym membership to get access to a treadmill. I live in a super wintery place so I’m treadmill-ing it up.

    • Caitlin January 12, 2011, 2:33 pm

      haha but i love you! i would never punch you in the face.

      i THINK this is rarity and should be gone shortly. I refuse to join a gymmmmm!

      • Sarah for Real January 12, 2011, 2:38 pm

        Yay! Goooood! I hope it is a rarity. I like reading about your outside runs 😀

      • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday January 12, 2011, 2:38 pm

        Maybe you don’t have to join, maybe you can get buy a week pass (or possibly score a free one) during weeks with inclement weather.
        I’ve been running on the treadmill almost exclusively this winter. It’s not that bad… I can watch movies while I run.

        • Whitney January 12, 2011, 3:23 pm

          Just being nosey and wondering why you refuse to join a gym. Would love to hear your thoughts! 🙂

        • Caitlin January 12, 2011, 3:27 pm

          Hi Whit!

          I refuse because….

          1) It’s expensive
          2) I hate exercising indoors
          3) I would rather pay to go to yoga studio than a gym!

  • Amalfi Girl (EatRunHaveFun.blogspot) January 12, 2011, 2:24 pm

    That’s a good question, because I have definitely been slacking on my plan. I’ve been doing too many “fun runs” and not enough “on plan” runs! The way I was motivating myself before the recent run of fun runs (mouthful!) was that I would just tell myself this is going to be an awesome run (like your advice in another post)–faking it till I make it!

  • Allison @ Happy Tales January 12, 2011, 2:25 pm

    I take it that plastic container of salad is your mixed salad, and not just salad leaves?! That is GENIOUS! What a perfectly portable way (and cheap!) to tote around a salad!

    Also, I am dyiiiing to run, too! The sidewalks are just so dang icy still. Do you think it’ll be cleared up by tomorrow?! I’m just itchin’ to run and I feel like a hamster on a treadmill (so I never do it).

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing January 12, 2011, 2:25 pm

    That’s just where I slipped up with my half marathon. At first I was super motivated. But as vacations and travelling got in the way I pushed my plans to one side. Many helpful tips here!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg January 12, 2011, 2:25 pm

    Hey Caitlin– have you ever tried yak traks? I just got some for my birthday, and I LOVE them!! They make running in the snow and ice so much easier. Unfortunately, they don’t make the COLD any better, ha. But at least you don’t worry the entire time that you’re about to slip and bust your ass on a patch of ice.

    • G January 12, 2011, 2:33 pm

      That picture looks exactly what I run in from November-March (I’m in Canada)… It’s not fun looking down at every single step you take to dodge ice chunks and slippery patches, but it’s do-able – I recommend yak traks as well! 🙂

      • Caitlin January 12, 2011, 2:34 pm

        Everyone has recommended yak traks! If this snow sticks, I will def look into it.

        • Heidi January 12, 2011, 4:45 pm

          I have yak traks and didn’t love as I felt unstable when pavement was intermittently clear or well shoveled. I am a MI runner who doesn’t love either the indoor track or treadmill so I stay outside as much as possible. Bought myself ICE BUG shoes for Christmas at the recommendation of someone on a Runners World blog (purchased thru LOVE. I got the HIKOS version– Gortex shoe, luggy soles and carbide spikey things. Stable on dry pavement (although you sound like a horse) and grab right in to ice(even smooth/ glassy ice) and snow. More expensive than Tak Traks but well worth it for anyone looking for another option.

  • Michelle January 12, 2011, 2:27 pm

    I don’t know if you’re planning on running while you’re in AZ, but I can promise that it won’t be too cold or too dark to run here! The weather here is a runner’s paradise. Are you coming to Scottsdale for something specific or just to vacation?

    • Caitlin January 12, 2011, 2:34 pm

      I’m speaking at the Girls on the Run summit but we’re turning the trip into a fun vacay too! We are going horseback riding… so excited.

  • Samantha @ The Life Abundant January 12, 2011, 2:32 pm

    Good message! My work schedule is RIDICULOUS right now and I am trying to keep up with my training plan because I work well into the night right now; and it is really hard. I guess I’m just going to have to get up super early 🙂 You are right–eye on the prize; I want to be as well prepared for races as possible.

  • Leanne (For Health's Sake) January 12, 2011, 2:36 pm

    Reading blogs really helps my motivation. Also, just telling myself to get through 5 minutes (of running) at a time.

  • Katie G. January 12, 2011, 2:36 pm

    One of my goals this year is to incorporate more weight lifting into my workout routine…as much as I hate lifting weights and getting started, I think about summertime and tank tops and cute yoga tops that will only look amazing if I keep up the lifting…one day at a time…I also cut out photos from magazines that I like to motivate myself…

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat January 12, 2011, 2:39 pm

    I think reading about successes of others, and thinking back to times when I was really successful in races (and other physical feats!) is motivating. Also, changing up my plan to suit the way my body feels is important too. If I’m not excited about the plan, I need to change it up or add something to make it more exciting.

  • Stephanie January 12, 2011, 2:40 pm

    Living in Iowa…I don’t commit to any long races in the early spring because I just KNOW there’s no way I’ll be out in the snow/ice training. I am running a 5k on Feb. 12th though so I should prob do a quick run once a week or so to get used to running in the frigid temps.

  • MaryBe@AccidentallyVegan January 12, 2011, 2:41 pm

    I am pretty jealous of your AZ trip. Not to mention you get to meet up with Tina and celebrate her marathon! Looking forward to your updates
    PS will you check out my contest?

  • Gabrielle @ Weightless January 12, 2011, 2:41 pm

    I stay motivated by reminding myself how good it feels to cross that finish line. Also, in terms of excuses for not running, I have a treadmill at home. It’s the best investment I’ve ever made, and NO more excuses!

  • Melissa January 12, 2011, 2:42 pm

    You will love Scottsdale! We are having really great weather right now! 2 vegan friendly restaurant suggests… True Foods, absolutely amazing! And Green, which is a totally vegetarian restaurant and vegan friendly. Enjoy your time here!

  • Michele @ Healthy Cultivations January 12, 2011, 2:43 pm

    I chunk things up into smaller goals… whether fitness or otherwise. And I tell myself I need to do things instead of should do it. That seems to help too.

  • Kara January 12, 2011, 2:47 pm

    I run in snow/ice/ickiness and my best advice is to not think about it too much, because then you’ll talk yourself out of it! My husband thinks I’m nuts to run in the snow when we have a treadmill in the basement, but sometimes you just need a run in the fresh air.

    I don’t have an actual training plan for my upcoming half, so I don’t get stressed about it 🙂

  • Maren January 12, 2011, 2:48 pm

    Thanks for the motivation! I really needed it. It’s been too crappy here, too, to get outside, the treadmill gives me SERIOUS back problems, and honestly, my back is just not ready for me to run. I could be completely pain-free next week, though, so I just need to take the rest. It’s so frustrating because I am sooo excited to train for my half mary, too!! Hope you can get started soon!

  • Z January 12, 2011, 2:48 pm

    Hey Cailtin,

    I’ve only been in Charlotte for three days, and I’m over the snow/ice myself, 🙂

  • sarah (the SHU box) January 12, 2011, 2:49 pm

    can’t wait to hear about scottsdale, b/c we’re headed there (kinda randomly!) for vaca in 3 weeks!

  • Gretchen January 12, 2011, 2:50 pm

    My sister loves her new “Ice Bug” running shoes (we live in Michigan).They are kind of pricey but she swears they are worth every penny.,B002NPBZKE,B002NPBZW2

  • L January 12, 2011, 2:51 pm

    I’m running the same race in March! As usual during the winter months, I’m having a really hard time training. It’s dark when I wake up and it’s dark when I get home from work. I hate treadmills and the only way to get mileage in is to hop on one for an hour. Boring doesn’t even begin to describe this. The reason I love running is because I love being outside, seeing new things, running along the water here in MD, etc. So, I’m trying to do my long runs on the weekend during the morning/afternoon.

  • Haleigh January 12, 2011, 2:52 pm

    I used to train as a competitive cheerleader. I usually had 2 practices per day. I think it sucked any competitive drive out of me, because I have no urge to train for anything now. But I agree, training for any important fitness event, is extremely difficult. It takes a lot of mind power (and body power for that matter) 🙂 I have no doubt that you can do it though!

  • Lauren January 12, 2011, 2:53 pm

    I just remind myself of how much better I’ll feel after! I never thought I’d be running in 20 degree weather, but I’ve found that I actually really love it! It’s usually the days when I feel like running the least that I have my best run!

  • Katie @ Up Fit Creek January 12, 2011, 2:58 pm

    I have an old Nike ad taped on my bathroom mirror that says, “Someone who is busier than you is running right now.” Seeing it always motivates me to stop making excuses and just go workout.

    • Kaitlin January 12, 2011, 10:01 pm

      LOVE this slogan! It’s going on my mirror too! 🙂

  • Julie (A Case of the Runs) January 12, 2011, 3:00 pm

    I agree with those who aim for the “post-run” satisfaction over the “I have to run this because of my race” to motivate you. Of course, I think about “the race,” but I try to enjoy (most) runs for what they are. And if I’m not feeling it, I postpone/skip. Not that this should be done often (especially with those critical long runs!), but it’s just a thought.

    I have stopped running with my Garmin, and it has worked wonders on my motivation.

  • Carla @ Will Run for Health January 12, 2011, 3:02 pm

    I am in that same “I’m to busy” boat with you. I’ve been reading KERF and one of the things that really stikes me is that she makes it a point to get some exercise everyday. Even if it’s not perfect or an ideal situation. I’ve got to move in that direction.

  • Mo January 12, 2011, 3:03 pm

    Hi Caitlin-
    I live in Scottsdale…where are you staying?
    Also, I’ve been so interested in becoming involved with Girls on the Run. I’m assuming you’re speaking at a local chapter. Is it open to newbies that would like to become involved? Do you have anymore info.?

    • Caitlin January 12, 2011, 3:11 pm

      I’m speaking to the Summit of coaches so it’s closed unfortunately!

      If you want to go involved, reach out to your local chapter. You might also want to attend this!

  • OrlandoPaula @ Eat, Watch, Run January 12, 2011, 3:03 pm

    New music is my motivator. If I buy some new upbeat tunes, I’m usually dying to listen to them. That really makes me look forward to another run. 🙂

  • Lindsay January 12, 2011, 3:10 pm

    I know what you mean–it’s tough to be motivated when the weather doesn’t allow it. I heard a quote once though that you have time for what you want to make time for, and you make excuses for the rest. It really is true!

  • Rachel January 12, 2011, 3:12 pm

    I spent all of last year running and I got really SICK of having to be flexible based on the weather. I also realized it may not be what I’m truly passionate about.

    I’m back to what makes me excited to be active – group fitness and zoning out on cardio machines at the gym. And I can show up rain, sleet, or shine and not have to worry about what the weather is like today in regards to my fitness regimen.

  • Beth @ 990 Square January 12, 2011, 3:12 pm

    During mile 12 of the Disney Half Marathon on Saturday I got so emotional thinking about all of the training I had done and all of the people who had supported me. I almost lost it. Crossing that finish line feeling good, even though I was slower than I wanted to be, was an unbelievable feeling–one I can’t wait to repeat!

  • Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans January 12, 2011, 3:27 pm

    I remind myself that I owe it to myself to be healthy and strong and that accomplishing my goals makes me happy which I deserve! I want to do well at my 1/2 in May and know it will take hard work to do that but its worth it for the satisfaction of knowing I did it!!

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) January 12, 2011, 3:29 pm

    After training for a marathon, I got lazy and thought I could run a half marathon no problem. I never formed a training plan and ended up not doing the half I planned on. I think you’re on the right track by at least creating a plan. You can do it!

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) January 12, 2011, 3:30 pm

    I stay motivated by telling myself that in the end, I will be so much happier! Keep your eyes on the prize… 😀

  • Whitney January 12, 2011, 3:32 pm

    My motivation to run/workout/exercise comes from a learned habit of playing sports and being active from when I was five till present day (26). I am so thankful my parents taught me from a young age that taking care of your body is very important. My more imporant motivation currently is wearing a wedding dress in 5 months! 🙂

    I know you refuse to join a gym but I think you might find a new love for running and working out in general if you did. My gym just recently started a running group which plans and organizes group runs for the weekends! It is so great to run and talk to people who are on the same page as you for races, fueling, etc relating to running! 🙂

  • Tammy January 12, 2011, 3:33 pm

    Thanks Caitlin! I needed some motivation for my lunch time run!

    PS – I wanted to thank you for inspiring me to start my own blog, This is soo much fun!

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) January 12, 2011, 3:39 pm

    Definitely not safe to run when it’s icy! Snowy, maybe, but icy – could lead you not running for months!

  • Michelle January 12, 2011, 3:40 pm

    I feel like it’s been easy to stay motivated because i’m training for my very first half. The thought of those 13 miles waiting for me in March is enough to scare me into my runs!

    Have you ever tried running in yack tracks? I’ve been using them (the yak track pros)here to combat Boston’s icy gross streets and they’ve been a god send and let me keep doing my long runs outside instead of the treadmill.

  • foodandfarm January 12, 2011, 3:43 pm

    You just gotta do it girl. It is a mind game! Just remember, it is all in the mind, not body.

  • Natalia - a side of simple January 12, 2011, 3:45 pm

    New music is definitely a motivation for me. Also, if I’m just not feeling it at home, I’ll try to get a day pass for a gym. Even if it’s just one day it will help me get pumped again. Good luck, Caitlin! You’re not alone 🙂

  • Kelly January 12, 2011, 3:53 pm

    I always get my long runs done, but I am bad about not following through 100% with the week day training runs for all the reasons you have listed. I love having a running buddy, which always makes it easier for me, but they’re hard to come by on week day evenings.

  • Baking 'n' Books January 12, 2011, 4:01 pm

    I kind of like that you do even think of excuses at times…it shows me that your human 😉

    Your writing a book! Working 2 (3?) jobs, have kids (dogs count!) and food to pack (and eat 🙂 ) – don’t stress! You will do it 🙂

  • Leanne (For Health's Sake) January 12, 2011, 4:04 pm

    For your breakfast dish, do you just mix raw oatmeal with whatever toppings you feel like? It looks yummy!

    • Caitlin January 12, 2011, 4:12 pm

      Yup it’s super yummy!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) January 12, 2011, 4:10 pm

    A training plan definitely helps keep me motivated 🙂 Oh and counting down the weeks til race day too 🙂

  • Jennifer (Happiness Here) January 12, 2011, 4:14 pm

    I’m over the ice, too. Why do I feel so much more motivated to run when the weather prohibits it? =)

  • Nancy K @ NancysPerfect10 January 12, 2011, 4:15 pm

    Maybe you can sneak in a run while in AZ 😉 We are having awesome weather right now!

  • Leah January 12, 2011, 4:31 pm

    I’m on a rest week due to a strain injury in my foot. I need to get back running as my half is only 6 weeks away! ACK!

    I feel great when I get out and run, but this week its either swimming, or the exercise bike… I will use the bike today…

  • Ashley @ Thefitacademic January 12, 2011, 4:37 pm

    Love your posts! I sometimes catch myself falling into that ever-so-familiar excuse trap. If I really just want to take 1 day off, then I rearrange my schedule so that’s my “rest” day & I force myself to get up & try it again the next day. For me, working out is always easiest in the morning, too. If I wait till afternoon/evening, it seems like there’s ALWAYS SOMETHING that comes up!

  • Zoe January 12, 2011, 4:51 pm

    Don’t stress yourself out too much about these missed runs! Next time you try an make an excuse about not running envision how good you will feel after you’ve made yourself go for the training run (even if the run itself wasn’t fantastic). I always feel like I’ve accomplished a lot when I run when I didn’t particularly want to!

    Don’t forget to pack your running shoes for Arizona- no ice there!

  • Gill (snaxandthecity) January 12, 2011, 5:11 pm

    I make exactly the same excuses! I think you’re right though, it’s useful to actually think about why you’re doing it and why you really want it. I’ve never trained for a race but it sounds more motivating than just “I should….because its good for me”!

  • Kari @ Human, MD January 12, 2011, 5:22 pm

    I hate exercising indoors too! Since you’re digging The Motivator, I will say that I’ve found that longer rides DEFINITELY help my running speend and endurance (although running has never helped my riding…). So consider hopping on the trainer on days you can’t get your run it. My only suggestion is make sure you get your heartrate up to where you would when you’re running! That can be tricky because it’s easier to be lazy on the trainer than it is when running…

  • Jess@atasteofconfidence January 12, 2011, 5:29 pm

    I’m not training, but I can definitely fall into the I’m to busy trap. Today I fell into the it’s snowing and freezing and I don’t even feel like walking to the gym trap.

  • Melanie @ Jon and Melie January 12, 2011, 5:32 pm

    Caitlin – I hear ya! We’ve had snow off and on here in Seattle too. I tell myself the same things – it’s too icey to run, too cold, too dark, can’t drive to gym in the snow, etc. I’m thinking of buying a treadmill so then I have NO excuses not to get my run in when it’s too this or that outside. But omg the nice ones aren’t cheap so we have to wait. Have you thought about buying a treadmill too?

  • katie @runthislife January 12, 2011, 5:46 pm

    I hear ya! I am truly procrastinating my way through almost 2 weeks of training! I did 2 of 4 runs last week, then got sick, and have yet to do ONE this week b/c of the snow and ice. And then I feel like it’s impossible to start. Plus, I feel bad taking the kiddos out on the roads that have been deemed unsafe just to get to the gym to get on the dreadmill. I’ve got 463 (or so) miles of training through my MARATHON in May, so I really have to get on it!!

  • Lucy January 12, 2011, 6:06 pm

    I do two seemingly contradictory things that seem to actually complement each other. First, I tell myself I have to go. I schedule it and count on doing it. Second, I always, ALWAYS give myself permission to stop. As others have said above, I’ve almost never regretted going on a run or working out but certainly have rued missing out on a sweat session.

    Also, I’ve learned through college, medical school, and now residency that life rarely gets easier to balance; age and complicated schedules are strongly correlated! So I continue to make self care a priority, and know myself well enough to know that I am better off running than sleeping in an extra 30 minutes.

    P.S. Get yourself some yaktrax!! Seriously.

  • Ali@ Food, FItness, Fashion January 12, 2011, 6:14 pm

    I know standing at the start line underprepared would be my worst nightmare. I would totally panic and never finish. The idea of that scares the carp out of me enough that I always train as best I can.

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss January 12, 2011, 6:28 pm

    I just go by it day by day. If I start making excuses, I allow myself to make them the entire time I’m getting dressed, lacing up my shoes, and heading out the door. than I drop them and just go. Once I get going, it’s hard to stop. 🙂

  • Amber K January 12, 2011, 6:48 pm

    It’s exactly why I had to join a gym. There are just entirely too many excuses for me not to work out (mostly weather and dreaded apartment living related). Since working out in my apartment is not an option and the hot/cold weather changes take all of my motivation away, it forces me to get my butt to the gym!

  • Laura (Starloz) January 12, 2011, 6:51 pm

    no more excuses i say, live in the now

  • Elizabeth@The Sweet Life January 12, 2011, 6:53 pm

    Check out — they make a huge difference in running during the winter!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 12, 2011, 7:02 pm

    Starting to train right now would be so difficult. I think it’s even more difficult when you KNOW you can run that amount!

  • Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table January 12, 2011, 7:06 pm

    Lucky you going to AZ! This ice is killing me too.

    I’ve been doing stationary bike-elliptical-treadmill intervals in my building’s gym along with some P90X. At the very least it helps me appreciate being able to run outdoors more!

  • Katherine: Unemployed January 12, 2011, 7:16 pm

    I miss liking running. I’m like austin powers: I’ve lost my mojo and love for the sport 🙁

  • Rebecca @ How the Cookie's Crumble January 12, 2011, 7:28 pm

    I have a half in March too and I’ve been making excuses as well… but I feel like they’re kinda legit. I mean, if you standing on your feet working for 10 hours there’s no way you want to go running in dark & cold. I’ve started by telling myself just doing something is better than nothing! I just get out and do something each night even if it’s not my whole workout I had hoped for.

  • JenRD January 12, 2011, 8:14 pm

    You are going to have an amazing time in Scottsdale! It is one of my favorite places to visit (the hus has family there). It will definitely be nice respite from the cold and ice!

  • Jaclyn January 12, 2011, 8:25 pm

    I used to go to Scottsdale all the time – we have a house down there being rented now. You will have a blast! Be sure to go to Flo’s Chinese Cuisine it is seriousssssssly amazing!!

  • Joyce January 12, 2011, 8:39 pm

    do you not put dressing on your salads?

    • Caitlin January 12, 2011, 10:23 pm

      I do if I have any or if I’m at a restaurant… I just always forget to buy it.

  • Emily January 12, 2011, 8:40 pm

    Man, I’m so happy to hear that you feel this way too! I’ve been realllllly dragging ass before getting out the door to workouts lately, and it makes me feel like such a non-athlete. I’m always questioning myself- do I even like running? Why am I doing this? But I do like it! Just… after the fact.

    I read this article ( on the Wall Street Journal the other day. Kind of unrelated because it’s about crazy strict Asian moms, but one quote that really struck me was this: “What Chinese parents understand is that nothing is fun until you’re good at it. To get good at anything you have to work.” It was a huge revelation for me! I’ve never heard that before, but it is so true. So I’ve been keeping that in the back of my mind lately and it’s been motivating me to keep working out, to keep doing that horribly boring research at work, to keep reading the New Yorker when I’d rather be reading trashy celebrity gossip…

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl) January 12, 2011, 8:41 pm

    First of all, I just must tell you that whenever you post crusty bread and hummus, it makes me want to run out to the store and buy immediately- looks yummy!

    Good for you for trying to keep your motivation up- you can do it! Cold weather DEF affects my working out though- I run because I love it, and for me it’s just not enjoyable while it’s cold outside. As a new D.C. resident from the west coast originally, I’m seeing the annoyingness of this “winter” thing. 😉

  • Amanda January 12, 2011, 8:41 pm

    Caitlin! Why do you eat raw oats? Just wondering

    • Caitlin January 12, 2011, 10:24 pm

      Because its:

      Less processed than sugary granola and I’m too lazy to make my own healthy granola.

      But laziness is one of the big reasons.

  • Ali January 12, 2011, 8:48 pm

    I have the same problems when it comes to running sometimes. I am a full time grad student taking more than the recommended amount of classes, plus am about to receive my first client. I’m freaking out! But I know that training will all be worth it. 🙂 My favorite line during the training for my first marathon was, “If it were easy, everyone would do it.” –and it really is so true! Good luck with your training 🙂

  • Raya January 12, 2011, 8:52 pm

    Ironically, I’m reading this post while sitting at a coffee shop in Scottsdale, AZ. Just thought I’d share that 🙂

    • Caitlin January 12, 2011, 10:26 pm


  • Jacquelyn January 12, 2011, 9:32 pm

    I was on and came across this:

    I thought it was a fun motivator 🙂

    I generally only have a hard time motivating myself in the winter (ie now!). it’s so cold out but, luckily, I have a membership to my university’s gym as part of tuition. This semester, I also have breaks between classes that are too short to go home but too long to just sit there – so, that guarantees 3x a week at the gym!

  • Corrie January 12, 2011, 9:50 pm

    I LIVE IN SCOTTSDALE!! You should stop by the PF Chang’s Marathon and Half-marathon while you are here:) Hope you enjoy your time here!

    • Caitlin January 12, 2011, 10:24 pm

      I know! I wish I was there for Saturday because I totally would’ve done it!!

      • Corrie January 12, 2011, 11:47 pm

        The race is actually on Sunday :)But you have the GOTR anyways… I really admire you and your husband for doing it- so awesome! And here are some of the BEST veg restaurants around: Tru Food, Pita Junge, and Green. Enjoy!

        • Caitlin January 13, 2011, 8:18 am

          Oh I thought the half was Sat and the full was Sun! We don’t get into the city until 2 PM sunday anyway 🙁

          Thanks for all the recs!

  • Jennie @ Designed To Be Fit January 13, 2011, 8:38 am

    I got into this rut between my second and third race. There was a wind and cold snap in FL and I hate running on treadmills.

    The good thing is my husband and I were on the same training plan, so it made it harder to “cancel” a run because I wasn’t just hurting myself, I was hurting his training as well.

  • Kristina January 13, 2011, 9:56 am

    I’m jumping on a little late but I wanted to add something that helps me tremendously. I see running/training as total ME time – I can decompress from the day (I usually run after school/work) and I don’t have to focus on anything except the run. It also lets my mind wander which I find very healthy.
    Finally, I’m back to running after a multi-year hiatus because of knee issues, so I appreciate every time that I get out the door to run, and that is something that seriously motivates me.

    • Caitlin January 13, 2011, 12:06 pm

      This is an awesome way to think about it… thanks!

  • Joy January 13, 2011, 10:01 am

    I am not a cold weather runner AT ALL and living in Boston means I have to find ways around it. Either a gym (which I’d have to drive to – and really who wants to do that daily?) or home workouts I got the bike trainer (love) but for a long time before that I had this:
    I love an hour on the tramp and the great thing is it’s foldable so I can put it away if company is coming. I got mine at the thrift store for $5 (though I was happy to get rid of the bar)

  • Carol January 13, 2011, 11:59 am

    I focus on how nice and toned my whole body feels and looks! Yes it’s hard, but it’s kinda like tearing off a bandaid! I have to tell myself to suck it up and do it!
    It’s all mental!

  • January 13, 2011, 1:48 pm

    I really try not to think about my long runs that much, especially in comparison to my shorter training runs or else I get discouraged.

    When I get tired, I focus on listening to my body, controlling my breathing, and on remembering how strong my body actually is!

  • MelanieF January 13, 2011, 6:33 pm

    I would love to run the Disney half-marathon either in 2012 or 2013. So, when I’m working out on my eliptical, and concentrating on my weight loss (I still have 51 pounds to lose), I try to visualise myself at the finish line and how pround I would be of myself for having accomplished something so big (to me anyway).

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