I love to run. But don’t get me wrong, there are times where I struggle to make it to mile three. Even when I am running often, there are some runs where I feel like my feet are too heavy to pick up off the pavement and pick up the pace. But, other times I can go weeks without running and one day when I crave a good one, it’s usually one of my best. I feel great. Run at an exceptionally faster pace than normal and finish strong. You would think it would take some getting used to after a few weeks off to get back up to my average pace again, let alone run faster. But that’s the case sometimes. And that is why I completely believe that running is not only a physical activity, but a mental one.
A lot of times I hear people who aren’t runners say they could never. If you are just starting to run and don’t think you could ever do it, you are wrong. If you want to do it, you absolutely can, you just have to think. Think and know that you can do it. Write down a goal and say it back to yourself. One mile. Run just one mile and you should feel an accomplishment. Then, the next week, run two and you will feel great. Find something that motivates you to keep the pace up. For me it’s a great playlist that’s upbeat and energizing. I even get excited to run when I’ve just added a few new songs to my list.
Training for a race is also a great way to get yourself in the mindset of running. For the first timers, a 5k is a great distance to shoot for. It gives you a set goal and a reason to get out and run. Once you’ve made up your mind and paid an entry fee to a race, you’ve committed to a goal for yourself and are already one step closer to becoming a runner, even if you haven’t set a foot on the trail yet. And for more experienced runners, a race give you the opportunity for you to push yourself and run faster or longer. Plus, most races are for charity, so you can feel extra good about it.
If you are hesitating to try running, or just starting to get back into it, remember, running is just as mental as it is physical. Tell yourself you can do it. You will do it. And I guarantee, you’ll be on your way to hitting your running goals.