I was told the other day that my use of the hashtag #lazyrunner was a contradiction in terms. This got me thinking; can you train regularly and still be considered lazy? Are the two mutually exclusive? Does one cancel out the other?
Well, let me just say that I am most definitely both lazy and a runner. That would make me a #lazyrunner. Here’s why:
I run for food. Literally. Some days I only run so I can stuff my face with cheese on toast later and still call that day a success. (Because calcium?)
I’m tired and hungry. All the time. My idea of a perfect Sunday is a long run with my club, followed by a donut and an afternoon spent passed out in front of the most vapid series can find on Netflix.
I almost never look nice. I only make a real effort if my career or my love life depend on it. I own so much workout kit that I wear it at every opportunity. It’s colourful and so so comfy. And as a bonus, it makes me look like a hyper-efficient bad bitch who’s rushing from netball to brunch to a manicure appointment before a dinner date with bae. #winning.
I can sleep all day. My 2pm weekend lie-ins are stuff of legend. And even though there’s a certain prestige to being a morning person, thanks to its association with success and efficiency, I bloody love a good kip. And why not?
I never stretch. Okay, sometimes I stretch. But never as much as I should. I’m usually more excited for a shower and some food when I get in from a run. This is actually why I’m injured, so I’m learning my lesson the hard way.
I’ll run 10 miles but will still get the bus home from the shops. It seems like a contradiction in terms, but it’s all about preserving energy, right? Right?! The same goes for taking the lift the day after long run day or a particularly heavy leg workout.
I spend all my free time on running blogs. Or shopping online for running kit. Shamelessly. And I wonder why I’m broke.
So there you have it. I am, and will forever remain, a #lazyrunner. But I’m okay that. Because ultimately, I put the effort in where it counts. I prioritize my fitness even when I can’t be bothered. I show up, I put in the miles, and I am consistent if nothing else. I obsess over training plans and pace runs. I research VO2 max and Heart Rate Training since I’m still not 100% sure how they apply to my training. I try to pay attention to proper nutrition and injury prevention. And even though I’m injured right now, I still try to find a way to do something active.
Fitness has enhanced my life immeasurably, but after all, doesn’t everyone deserve a lazy day?
What do you think? Are you with me in the #lazyrunner camp?
Lots of love