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No. More. Excuses.

Excuses are Like Opinions, & You Know What They Say About Opinions…

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”

~Arthur Ashe

How many times have you wanted to do something (running or otherwise), but didn’t because you weren’t ready to start today or didn’t have all of the tools/knowledge you’d need to get the job done or because the something just seemed to be too much?

You don’t have to publicly shame yourself today, but it’s worth thinking about all of the times we’ve made excuses to stop us from taking action towards our goals/dreams/desires.

Actions Trump Excuses. Every. Single. Time.

Since I talked to Gary Stotler for the podcast a few weeks ago, I’ve been thinking about some of the parts of his journey.

Remember how he said it took him 18 months to take his first running steps?

18 fricking months! Are you kidding me?

When he got started on his mission to turn his health around, he didn’t waste time making excuses.

No. More. Excuses.

No. More. Excuses.

Gary started where he was. Read more

Your Greatest Run...

Your Greatest Runs…

“Your Greatest Runs are Moments in Time When Running Allows You to See How Wonderful Your Life Is.”

~Kara Goucher

Is it just me, or is life a little crazy right now and only getting crazier?

Christmas is fast approaching and a New Year is right around the corner, and for many of us as the year winds down our stress levels rise up.

Holiday Stress Got You On Edge?

Holiday Stress Got You On Edge?

We stress out about getting the perfect Christmas presents for our friends and family.

We stress out about traveling to be with family for the holidays.

We stress out about the end of another year and all of the things that we didn’t do this year.

We stress out about the start of a new year and what the future holds.

We stress out about our rising level of stress!

We need to relax. We know we need to relax. And for some reason, getting ourself to relax is next to impossible.

Here’s a suggestion, go for a run. Read more

Kim Stemple

Kim Stemple on the Running Lifestyle Show

You may have seen the Runner’s World article that went viral in the past couple of weeks about Kim Stemple about running her last marathon at this year’s Marine Corps Marathon.

Kim recently appeared as a guest on the Running Lifestyle Show, which is a podcast hosted by my friend and past guest of my show Kari Gormley.

Here is a link to the post for Kari’s chat with Kim, and if you have a chance to check out their chat I’d definitely encourage it.

Kim Stemple

Kim Stemple on the Running Lifestyle Show

A Rough Day? Go for a Run!

When Life Gets in the Way, Find Time to Run

It’s been a day, y’all.

A Rough Day? Go for a Run!

The wife and I got new phones yesterday, which was a pain in the arse in and of itself, and earlier today I realized that my phone wasn’t working.

At least the phone part wasn’t working.

I could send and receive email, check twitter, and find out how cold it was outside, but if I wanted to make a call (and presumably receive a call) or send a text I was out of luck.

And while talking on the phone is something that I’m never in a hurry to do, this was a problem that needed to be solved.

Fast forward 2 hours, and I think my phone might work now, but I’m not passing judgement until the thing actually rings.

I know there is never a good time to try and troubleshoot with customer service for a solid 2 hours, but today was definitely convenient. But what else could I do? So I sat here relaying information, checking sim cards, and basically wasting time hoping I wouldn’t have to go back to the Sprint store again for another 2 years.

It seems like my problem has been solved, but now there is a new problem at hand, I’m not going to get everything done today that I had planned. I needed those 2+ hours in the worst way, and now they are officially gone.

So what am I going to do? I have some errands I need to run this afternoon. I have an appointment this evening. I need to try and get this post up and prep the podcast episode to be released tomorrow. I’ve got a dog that wants to go outside. And I’d like to get a run in.

On the surface, the easiest thing to axe from the list is the run.

But I can’t.

I Must Find Time to Run

Any time is a good time to run!

I need to run on a regular basis, and when I’m feeling overwhelmed, I need to find time to run even more.

There is something about burning lungs, being soaked with sweat, and having aching legs that allows me to think clearly and become laser focused.

And without question, that improved focus will improve my productivity enough that it will more than make up for the 30 minutes that I take out of the day to go for that run.

It’s Time to Run

I’ve sacrificed my runs more times than I care to admit recently, and last week I vowed I wouldn’t do that any more. Going for a run on a regular basis, no matter how crazy life gets, is something I have to do.

Running for me has become a need, and is no longer simply a want.

And by accepting this truth, I’m able to be more productive than ever.

Thanks for letting me be real with you guys today. But now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got to go get my running clothes on.

Pat Mulder Went From Fat & Lazy to Just Lazy–His Words Not Mine!


Pat Mulder has completely changed his life in the past few years, and running has played a big role in that change. At an estimated 330 lbs in April of 2012, he decided to get on the treadmill and attempt to simply walk. After 20 minutes, he was finished and felt like he was going to “throw up”.

But it was a start.

Pat Mulder, Floppy Hat Photos

Pat and His Trusty Running Partner

 

Fast forward to today, and he’s in the 160-170 lb range and is currently on a run streak of over a year. Read more