Wednesday Word: Being an Optimistic Runner

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This week’s Word is Optimism.

Optimism is defined as “hopefulness and confidence about the future or the successful outcome of something” or this definition which I like better:

For the most part, I think runners are optimists.  We wouldn’t be out there day after day if we weren’t.

As runners, how can we be more optimistic?

  • Take risks.

Run in a place where you’ve never run before.  Don’t use excuses such as “I may get lost,” “I’m not good on hills, “It’s too far,” “Trails are too hard,”I’m too slow to run with them,” “Tracks are boring,”etc.  Take a chance. This new place could become your new favorite route. An optimistic runner will seize new opportunities with an open mind.

  • Don’t be afraid to fail.

Sign up for a new distance.  Join a running group. Try a new race.  You never know how you’ll do until you try.  Running is hard.  So yes, you may fail.  An optimistic runner will try and expect to cross that finish line.

  • Focus on the positive in a run or race.

Runners will have bad runs. There will be awful races. We will get injured. But an optimistic runner will see value in each running experience and is able find something positive:

-I ran my fastest mile
-I didn’t get injured
-I crossed the finish line
-It was faster than my last race
-I had negative splits
-I ran at an even pace
-I ran up the hills
-I did it inspite of….
-I had fun
-I made a new friend
-Great bling.
-Pretty course

  • Make new goals.

Don’t give up if you don’t succeed. You’re not too slow.Maybe the course was hard.  Maybe the weather was the culprit. If you didn’t meet your goal, just sign up for another race. Keep trying.

Am I an optimistic runner?

Sometimes I am not.  I whine about how I wish I could run faster.  I complain that I didn’t have the race time that I wanted. I sulk when my training runs suck. I don’t like to run when it’s too cold, too hot, too humid, too windy, etc.  I hate the treadmill. Blah blah blah.

So this post is therapeutic.

I have a half marathon in 11 days!!

I am going to be an optimist:

  • I will have fun.
  • I will enjoy the beautiful course.
  • I will cross the finish line with smile.
  • I will give it my best shot.
  • If it is not up to my expectations, I will still look at its positive outcomes.
  • I will continue running half marathons as long as I can.

this race is going to be a blast!!

Happy Running! Are you an optimist?



17 thoughts on “Wednesday Word: Being an Optimistic Runner

  1. All of your (excellent) points lead to one thing: improvement. By taking risks, trying new things, even failing a little bit, we grow stronger/faster/better. You need the belief in a better future that comes with optimism if you ever want to improve!


  2. I’m waiting for you to take that risk…to sign up for that new distance…to not be afraid to fail. Like you said, you’ll never know until you try. As much as you run and as many HMs as you’ve done, you CAN do a full.

    No pressure though! LOL. I’m just messing with you.


  3. These are great tips. I especially like the first one – try something new! And I would add — without expectations. Doing new things just for fun makes them, well, more fun!


  4. I love that pic with the quote about the crayons ion the box 😉 I totally agree with the try something new…..that damn comfort zone we all like to hibernate in does us NO good! Even if you don’t like each new experience, it’s better than not taking the risk.


    • Sometimes when I run a new route. I say why didn’t I run here before? Same thing happened when I joined a running group. It took me years to have the confidence. Now I do it without thinking.


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