11 running lies we tell ourselves

You have, you know you have, you have definitely told yourself a little porkie to get yourself out of bed and out onto the trails on one of those days that you just don’t want to go. I do it all the time. I suspect I would not run at all if I didn’t have the comfort of deceit to carry me through the hard times.

Here are my top 11

  1. The first 20 minutes are the worst.
  2. What was that inspirational running quote again? That will make me feel better.
  3. I’ve only got 10km to go – that’s not far.
  4. Running in the hills is less tiring than running on the flat because you use different muscles to go up and down.
  5. It’s only a shower, it’ll pass.
  6. I look good in lycra.
  7. I know I haven’t done the training, but I’ll be fine.
  8. I like headwinds, they are extra training without extra miles.
  9. I may be slow but I am definitely not going to come last.
  10. My feet hurt, my legs hurt, my chest hurts, I’m panting like someone with advanced lung disease and sweating like a polar bear in a steam bath, at least it can’t get any worse.
  11. I’ve run 2km so I definitely deserve a slice of carrot cake, no, hold it, two slices.


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7 comments on “11 running lies we tell ourselves

  1. Sarah Lockwood on

    So that’s why you are so hardcore Alice, that’s where I’m going wrong – I need to get me some Alice lies, might get a bit further! All power to you, truth seeking has it’s obvious limitations. You are an inspiration, thanks for sharing. Xx

  2. nathan lee on

    Mine as I get older are worse, including:
    1. Doing it is better than not doing it
    2. The pain will ease as soon as I warm up
    3. If I don’t do this I won’t be able to run those lovely long runs i enjoy in New places
    4. The dogs need a run (as opposed to a walk that they would much prefer)


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