As a longtime runner, I've heard plenty of excuses and smart remarks when others find out about my distance running hobby. One of the classics I've heard multiple times is: "I only run if someone is chasing me." Oh really? Well, consider the following situations:
It's early spring. On the ranch, that means it's time to round up the cattle from the feedlot and take them to pasture. While the "take them to pasture" part is the near-celebratory end to a winter of feeding and calving in brutal weather conditions like we had last winter, the "round up" part never fails to create excitement. There are gates to open, vehicles of all types to drive, and at the end of it, hopefully some 80+ cow/calf pairs and their calves end up in the loading pen for preventive medication before being hauled to pasture for the next 4-5 months. During our last roundup, we had several cows with no desire of going where they needed to be. At one point, after an hour of fruitless attempts to bring them into the loading pen, we were close to completing the task. Then, without warning, the "crazy one" turned around and bolted for the open pasture, with 10 more cows trailing behind. There was no time to jump in a pickup, turn it around, and give chase. There was only time to run. I may not have set a world record for "fastest 3/8 mile across a rutted pasture in jeans and work shoes," but I like to think I came close. I barely beat the leader to the open gate on the other side of the pasture, and we managed to get the job done shortly thereafter.
I travel for my career, and frequently have tight connections between flights. Most of the time, I am able to get to my gate in plenty of time by utilizing a brisk walking pace. However, when I'm trying to catch the last flight home that day and I have 20 minutes to get to the train, go up and down 6 different escalators, and walk at least 1/2 mile with my carry on in tow...well, it's not really a walk anymore. While I haven't always "made it," I know my family is appreciative when I do get home on time.
When it comes to helping out on the ranch or getting home to see my family, there's no time for flimsy excuses. Do I enjoy training for my next race? Not usually, because it takes a lot of time and effort to stay in shape! But I often fall back on my training when life calls for a little extra speed, endurance, or adventure, and that is invaluable to me.
Along the same lines, flimsy excuses have no place in your nutritional plan. I hear how unhealthy "red meat" is from my colleagues frequently...but what is their basis for this? And have they considered how using beef as a lean source of protein compares with other animal and plant protein sources? Nothing else comes close! I also hear "I don't eat red meat because of the hormones they put in it." First off, if hormones are a problem for you, you can find plenty of non-hormone beef out there. Second, the hormones in a typical serving of beef are far, far less than are found in many common vegetables that make up a huge part of healthy diets nowadays...not to mention the elevated amount of hormones found in many human medications taken daily!
Find the truth. Ditch the excuses. Then, go outrun everyone that still thinks you're crazy, and celebrate your victory by refueling with lean beef!