Since today is Tuesday, I’m linking up with these wonderful ladies:
Today’s Topic is: Mental Tips and Tricks
I don’t pretend to have all the answers but here is some advice to make yourself a “happier” runner:
- Don’t compare yourself to another runner.
Pace is such an individual thing. To some runners, I may appear fast and yet to others, I am a turtle. That’s one of the great things of running. You are competing with yourself.
- Find something good in every race/run.
Let’s face it, some runs/races just suck. But either you got it done or the scenery was awesome or whatever. Focus on the good and try to forget about the bad.
- Surround yourself with other runners. They get you.
It’s great to have non-running friends but they won’t sympathize with your positive split times, sore feet, hilly course experiences, stomach issues, DNSes, etc.
- Every race will not be a PR.
Even if you run on the same course, you may finish 20 minutes slower. Just sayin’.
- A bad run is better than no run.
Tough one to remember when we wanted or expected it to be a good one. More often than not, it isn’t.
- Take rest days.
We feel lazy when we don’t run. We are tempted to run everyday. But our body needs time off. We often don’t realize it until it’s too late.
- Stay active when you can’t run.
You will feel better about your fitness if you do something else besides running to keep moving…biking, walking, yoga, swimming, tennis, crossfit, dancing, etc.
- You don’t have to look like a runner to be a runner.
Runners some in all sizes. All you have to do is run to be a runner.
Happy Running! Do you have any other Mental Tips and Tricks to share?