Let’s start this week’s post with a great quote from Henry Ford – “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t- you’re right.”
This is true when it comes to ‘Running’ – How many times have you heard someone or even said it to yourself – ‘Oh I wish I could do that’ or ‘I’m not a real Runner!’. How do we overcome these negative thoughts that make us doubt our own abilities?
Here are some simple points to keep your head and legs moving in the same direction.
1. Have No Fear! Don’t be afraid to take chances with your training and push yourself. Find a local running group with runners who are faster and more experienced than you. Our Local Sports Partnerships provide ‘meet and train’ groups nationwide. Ask lots of questions, commit to improving your distance and speed and have confidence in your abilities.
2. Rome Wasn’t Built in A Day. Trying to run a marathon after a few weeks of running just won’t happen. Build up your experience and confidence over time to achieve greatness.
3. Don’t Let Setbacks Stop You. Not every Run will be a ‘Walk in the Park’ (pun intended!). The goal here is not to let this knock your confidence. Mentally bounce back and focus your energy on being positive for your next outing.
4. Don’t Make Excuses. Even if you work a full-time job, have kids, go to college or have all the other trappings of daily life – you must make time for your own physical and mental well-being. Be prepared, always take your running gear with you, as you never know when you will get thirty minutes free for a quick adventure!
So there you have it guys – short, simple and sweet this week. Believe in yourself, set goals and work towards them.
Saturday, February 22nd marks the Irish Sports Council/Operation Transformation 5k Fun Runs – not long left to test your newly acquired running skills!
In next week’s blog we will cover race day preparation, until then Keep On Moving!