The Runner’s Mind – Pt I

Running is 80% mental and 20% physical.  Well, maybe more physical than that, but you get my point.  It’s so tough to just get out there when there are so many reasons why NOT to.

Your family, your job, your vacations, your health, the weather – what excuse have you used in the past?  Come on…. really?  Unless there is a severe illness or death or dangerous running conditions, all of which I never wish upon anyone, there is time to run.  It is portable, lightweight (even 4 layers of sweats are lighter than football gear) and can be even as short as 20 minutes for a massive speed workout.

Your mind is always working against you – “I’m training and not getting faster”, “I was injured 3 yrs. ago”, “I’m scared to race – what if I come in last?”, “I don’t have time”, “my mom says it’s too cold”….

I’ve heard them all and, yes, I’ve used them also.  But, more often than not, I’ve gone out there and done it.  You can also – make it a priority.  At 1 job, I’d put a meeting on my calendar so that no one could take that spot.  I always had a gym bag with sneakers and running clothes in my trunk – you never know when a spontaneous group run might happen.  Make yourself accountable!  Run with friends, family – your dog!

This topic is huge – so I’m going to spit it.  The next section will be about balance, stress and pressure and the last piece will be about health and nutrition.

Your mind is very powerful – use it to your advantage!

#running #runningtips #NCRC

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