Motivation/ Running

20 Things I Could Have Done Instead of Running 20 Miles

Marathon training is no joke. Getting up early for a 20 mile long run is a huge mental struggle for anyone.  While I LOVE running and racing, I HATE doing LONG training runs.  Hate may even be putting my dislike for them mildly.  I dislike them so much that I skipped doing my long run last week entirely, then skipped the long run on Saturday due to rain, but finally got it done on Sunday morning.

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Happy to be done my run!

I spent my ENTIRE 20 mile run daydreaming about the amazing things I could be doing instead of running 20 miles:

  1. Sleeping in, go figure.
  2. Cuddling with my kids – the only thing better than sleeping in is a lazy morning of cuddling. 
  3. Relaxing by the pool with my morning coffee.
  4. A breakfast date with the family.
  5. Watch one of my kids play a sport: hockey, soccer, gymnastics, softball…
  6. Tackle mount laundry (yes – even laundry beats 20 solo miles).
  7. A relaxing bubble bath.
  8. Read a book.
  9. Mow the lawn – there never seems to be enough time to do this but I enjoy it so much!
  10. Take the kiddos to the park.
  11. Surf the web, read blogs, stalk people on Facebook. 
  12. Go grocery shopping.
  13. Pull weeds from my “garden”.
  14. Play catch with my girls.
  15. Clean the house.
  16. Go for a bike ride with the kids.
  17. Bridesmaid dress shopping with my fellow Bridesmaids in best friend Laura’s wedding.
  18. French braid Sierra’s hair.
  19. Put together puzzles with Amber.
  20. Cuddle up and help Brooke with her reading.

Training for a marathon is a trade-off, even though there are so many things to do other than working out or running, beating the “I don’t wannas” and getting out there will make you so glad that you did and come race or game day you will be rewarded for your efforts! 

What would you rather do than run 20 miles?


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  • Kim
    September 11, 2014 at 10:37 am

    It depends on the day – there are some days that I can’t think of anything I would rather do than run 20+ miles and other days….

    • Janice
      September 11, 2014 at 10:39 am

      Ha ha! You are so right, there are some days when a 20+ mile run seems so much better than work etc.

  • Marcia
    September 11, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    I think I’d rather just run the damn marathon! Haha!

    • Janice
      September 11, 2014 at 9:27 pm

      I tried running one after skipping pretty much every single long training run on my plan – it wasn’t pretty, but it can be done!

  • Running Hutch
    September 11, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    Well if my training requires running 20 miles I don’t find it so bad but yeah…right now I’d rather do pretty much anything than run 20 miles. lol. And not just because I know it would injure me if I did it. 😉

  • Axel (@ Iron Rogue)
    September 11, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    Every time I’m waiting in line, waiting for the kids to fall asleep, waiting for the meeting agenda to roll around to things that actually involve me… I think what else I could be doing, and running is always near the top of the list.

    • Janice
      September 11, 2014 at 9:29 pm

      I always think about what I could be organizing/cleaning, though admittedly the desire to clean/organize disappears the minute I walk into my house 🙂

  • Roz Batson
    September 11, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Hi Janice,
    It’s so interesting you say that. I absolutely adore the long runs. They are my favourite part of marathon training. You can take the intervals and any kind of speedwork, give me a long run any day. In fact, I am going to run 20km this morning just because I feel like it….. 🙂 Well done on getting your miles in. xx

    • Janice
      September 11, 2014 at 9:30 pm

      Thanks Roz! Any interest in running 20 miles for me this weekend? I’m not looking forward to doing it again.

      • Roz Batson
        September 12, 2014 at 8:38 pm

        Sure! No problem. When do you need it done? xx

        Hats off to you for getting those long runs done especially if you have to play mind games to get out there in the first place. Really inspiring.

        I love the long runs because of the solitude and time to think. I also have been streaming some of my favourite talk back radio so I get to listen to interesting topics while I am out there. Perhaps you could try listening to pod casts while you run?
        I also enjoy day dreaming about my perfect beach house which I will design one day….. 🙂

  • Heather @ Divas Run for Bling
    September 11, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    I would rather do just about anything than run 20 miles. I only run half marathons so I don’t have to do quite so many miles at once, but sometimes my long runs seem to drag on…

    • Janice
      September 11, 2014 at 9:33 pm

      Agreed! The half marathon is the PERFECT distance! This may very well be the last time I run a full marathon.

  • jill conyers
    September 12, 2014 at 4:58 am

    This is probably due to the fact that I’ve felt so time crunched lately. More often not if I have the time to run 20 miles that is what I prefer to do.

    Stopped by to find out if you chose a new name 🙂

    September 12, 2014 at 7:41 am

    GIRL Id rather help the ornery eight year old with homework 🙂

  • Abby @ BackAtSquareZero
    September 13, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    Sleep in for sure.
    But the way I feel after a 20 is so worth it.

  • Christine {dreamBIGrunner}
    September 15, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    Sleeping in, have a cup of coffee and read a book… only in my dreams 🙂


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