Post #4: “I Don’t Have Time”

Last week, we covered the “I can’t” excuse. Also included are the common “I could never run that far,” “There’s no way I can do that,” and my favorite…”Not me.”

This week, we tackle another behemoth obstacle for fat guys (and others)…time.

No, we aren’t talking about the time it takes you to run a mile or a marathon. We also aren’t talking about the number of times you ate pizza this week (three so far for me).

We are talking about “I don’t have time.” Variations may also include:

“I don’t have time to workout.”

“I don’t have time to get a run in.”

“I don’t’ have time to learn something new.”

“I don’t have time to cook myself.”

“I don’t have time to write a blog post.”

“I don’t have time to work toward my goal.”

Or my personal favorite…”Sorry…I don’t have time to clean the apartment.”

Bologna. All of them. (Pardon me while I grab a sandwich now)

The Stone Cold Steve Austin truth is that “I don’t have time” really means “I don’t want to” or “I would rather be doing x, y, or z.”

In many cases, this is very true. Meals, family, work, sleep, oh and of course more meals could be some of the hours already accounted for in a normal 24-hour day, but let’s see how much time we really “don’t have” to run, workout, or follow another dream.

One “Typical” 24-Hour Day:

Sleep – 8 Hours
Getting Ready in the Morning – 30 Minutes
Work/School – 8 Hours
Meals – 2 Hours (I know…probably too conservative here)
Commute – 1 Hour

Total – 19.5 hours
Time Remaining – 4.5 hours

Obviously, this is an incredibly generic example. Your day likely includes a wide array of other routine activities and the time spent likely varies. Parental duties, side jobs, studying, and working out, for instance, may have a major impact on the math.

That being said, this “typical” example highlights that we may have more discretionary time than we realize. Maybe that time is used for socializing with friends and family, social media, surfing the internet, shopping, watching television, reading, or another hobby.

So the question is…what is more important?

In my experience, running and working out were at the very bottom of that discretionary list. Television, video games, work, and of course karaoke were much higher on the priority list. It wasn’t that I “didn’t have time” to run or workout, it was that I simply “didn’t want” to run or workout. The decision to “want” to run was the biggest turning point in becoming one of the fat guys running marathons.

Of course…there were a few additional things I had to overcome. An honest assessment of our daily schedule will likely show that a certain percentage of our day is simply wasted. Here are some ways that I have identified as likely causes for fat guys like me.

The Top 6 Ways Fat Guys Waste Time

#1 Fourthmeal

#2 Waiting on dessert

#3 Mastering the foot grab on the television remote

#4 Time in a food coma

#5 Standing still on the airport’s moving walkways

#6 The couch

Fat Guys Running Marathons would love to hear your story of overcoming excuses or any other comments about the blog. Feel free to comment on the site or send an email to fatguysrunningmarathons@gmail.com.

Attitude and Effort Award

This section is dedicated to acknowledging someone or something that has displayed incredible attitude and effort. If you have ever worked with me, you likely are dumbfounded by how long it took me to use these words on this blog. Attitude and Effort is a motivating concept focused on controlling the controllable aspects of a person’s life. People have the opportunity to learn and improve at any skill, but attitude and effort are two intangibles that must come from the heart and mind of each individual to be successful.

Humans are pretty incredible. Maybe some more than others, but Karl Meltzer? Incredible is merely an understatement.

On September 18th of last year, Karl completed a record-breaking trek…err…hike…err….really damn long run. After 45 days, 22 hours, and 38 minutes, Karl successfully completed the fastest thru-hike on record of the Appalachian Trail.

You might be thinking…the Appalachian Trail? Don’t a lot of people finish that? 46 days seems like a long time. Must have been a casual pace. Lots of mountain photos, butterfly encounters, and campfire s’mores along the way.

Not quite.

For 45+ days in a row, Karl averaged a distance of 47 miles traveled. That’s close to two marathons a day. He averaged 3.7 miles per hour over the entire journey (that includes his sleep time). You may be proud of your 10,000 steps a day. Heck, maybe you get to 20,000 just to beat your friends and win a t-shirt. This guy averaged 92,300 a day and wore through 20 pairs of shoes along the way…all he got was blisters for his trouble.

Attitude and Effort is about choosing a positive mindset and giving maximum effort. If you have ever run (or walked) a long distance, you know the pain of soreness and weakness can last for days. Imagine fighting through the pain of 47 miles on your legs to get up tomorrow and do it all again, and the next day, and the next 45 days after that.

Cheers to you Karl.

You can read more about Karl’s journey here…including his trail diet which included pizza, fried chicken, Spree, Red Bull, and nightly beers. Hmm…this may need to be my next challenge.

Training Time

In this section each week, I will provide updates on my training for the Boston Marathon qualifying race. If you are looking for tips on heart-rate zones or the physiology of running, you may want to look elsewhere. If you want some content on chafing prevention and pre-race Pop Tarts, you’ve found your place!

Damn, it’s hot.

I’m not sure what happened to Spring, but I miss it already. Training this week included three six-mile runs at various paces and a half-marathon training run on Saturday in the dead heat of the afternoon. This was the longest and toughest run of 2017 for me thus far.

I know what you runners out there are saying…you should run in the morning…it’s cooler then.

It may be, but I’m sleeping. Leave me alone.

You will hear lots of different philosophies on heat training. My philosophy is pretty simple…just go run. Generally, I tend to do long weekend runs in the early afternoons in the spring/summer and in the late mornings in the fall (have to get done in time to set my fantasy football lineup). Despite my best efforts, I can’t control the weather. I can, however, control whether I lace up my running shoes and step out the front door.

Bring on the heat. It’ll just make you stronger.

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