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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.

Don’t I look like I have my shit together?

I spend all my time and money on fitness. And some weeks, frankly, I don’t have the energy (or budget) for anything else.

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


23 thoughts on “#Lazyrunner”

  1. Oh my goodness, I am SO lazy. Sometimes I think about how utterly bizarre it is that I can train for and complete marathons but I’m too lazy to keep my house tidy, or get up early in the morning, or even take the stairs most days. Now that I’m not really training for anything, I’ve become lazy about my workout schedule too. I’m just so tired of holding myself to such a strict schedule. I still get my workouts in but not as much as I’d like. The incentive to resist skipping just isn’t as strong these days.

    We call ourselves “lazy”, but I think what it really comes down to is that people will make time for what’s important to them. We don’t give 100% effort at every single thing in our lives. Your fitness is important to you; fashion and appearance aren’t. Certainly we can be lazy sometimes, but really I think we’re all just prioritizing. I don’t know anyone who gives it their all every minute of every day at every single little thing they do.

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    1. Thank you for always writing such lovely thoughtful comments! You’re entirely right, it’s all about priorities. Like I haven’t had so much time to read this year, but that’s because running became a priority and we only have so much time and energy! So I guess I’m okay with that. Maybe I could combine the two with audiobooks on LSRs?


  2. I am so with you! Saturdays are my long runs but sunday I pretty much dont move from the couch binge watching Doctor Who and Supernatural 🙂 I run 10 miles but want the closest parking spot at the store as possible. Its silly 🙂

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  3. I am so jealous of your ability to sleep in so late… no matter what, I am up by 7AM … even when I’m out late the night before… which usually means mid-afternoon crash and nap!

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  4. I’m with you all the way! I, too, run just so I can justify eating mostly whatever I want. Also, I run to justify being lazy the rest of the day! I dare anyone to say anything to me about it, too! “I ran 3 miles before the sun came up today – what were YOU doing?”

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  5. I think you are my running twin! I consider myself completely lazy, but I also run. It’s a means to an end a lot of the time. Ultimately I started running this year to lose weight, but sometimes I run so I can eat a hamburger and not feel guilty. I’m with you on this one!

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  6. Sooo with you on the #lazyrunner camp! I love your point about vapid Netflix. The more vapid the better in my option, to the point where I sometimes watch kids shows (…my little pony) to space out to. And yeah I get so grumpy about walking extra throughout the day cos I would rather spend that time running! 🙂

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