What’s up goal crushers! Today we’re going to be taking a step back from the physical side of running and look at it from another angle altogether.
Now I know what you’re gonna say – “Martinus, what are you talking about? There’s nothing but physical when it comes to running!” However, you couldn’t be more wrong. When it comes to running, it’s nearly as mental as it is physical.
That’s why keeping in the right mindset is so important. Unless you can master the runner mindset you’re going to have some serious problems staying motivated on your path from your couch to your first 5K. Here’s some things to think about when it comes to mastering your mind as well as your body.
You’re a Runner, So See Yourself That Way
The first thing you need to keep in mind is that if you’ve strapped those running shoes on, you’re a runner. Thinking of yourself as a beginner or someone who just runs for a hobby is fine, but you’ve got to classify yourself as a runner from the very beginning, no matter your current proficiency or health level. Not doing so gives you an excuse to quit whenever you hit an obstacle: “well I wasn’t really a runner anyhow.” You’re better than that, so don’t think that way!
Stay in the Present
Whether you’re running on a treadmill or you’re jogging down the street, running gives you a lot of time in your own head. This can lead to your mind wandering, often to negative places – you can easily start thinking about things you wished you’d done differently in the past, or feelings of being unable to achieve your goals in the future. Instead, you’ve got to stay in the present. Stop those negative thoughts in their tracks and concentrate on putting one foot in front of the other.
Pay Attention to Your Body
If you’re having trouble staying in the moment while you run, consider shifting your attention to your body. Feel the pavement or the treadmill under your feet through the soles of your running shoes. Listen to the rasp of your breath. Count your heartbeats. Additionally, pay attention to any minor aches and pains you might feel beyond the usual fatigue of running. If you find yourself experiencing a sharp or persistent pain, consider taking a day off from your running regime or going to the doctor. Mastering the runner’s mindset is all about keeping yourself healthy enough to run!
Be Confident and Proud
Whether you’re walking into the gym for the first time or you’re stepping up to the starting line of your first 5K, walk with purpose and pride. You’re a runner, so hold your head up high with confidence, even if you feel like you haven’t earned it. Studies have shown that presenting yourself as powerful and confident can have positive physiological effects, and that in turn will make your runs more enjoyable and more productive!
So there you have it – just a few ways to master that all-important runner’s mindset. Do you have any tips or tricks that work for you? Leave them in the comments section below!
Until next time – keep crushing those goals!