Whether you're just getting started, or you're an advanced runner, there will be times when running becomes difficult. Whether its because of bad weather conditions, an emotional crisis, or something else entirely, sometimes our bodies need some extra motivation to keep going. And that's where positive self-talk can come in handy. In this article I'll show you how I use positive self-talk as a source of encouragement as I run and how you can do the same!
When the going gets tough, it's easy to allow negative thoughts to creep in. You may think "I can't do this" or "I'm going to fail." These thoughts can negatively impact your performance and cause you to give up before you've even given yourself a chance. So what can you do?
It's not just your body that can get tired during a run. Your mind can also tire out, which is why it's important to keep it in check. When we talk about the “mind-body connection," we mean that our thoughts and feelings influence the way we feel physically, and vice versa. For example, if you're feeling nervous before a race or an intense workout because of what other people think of you as an athlete (or non-athlete), then this will probably make your body tense up too — making it harder for you to perform at full strength.
So if you have trouble keeping focused while running laps around an indoor track or on grassy fields, try these strategies:
When running gets tough, it’s important to remember to breathe. Breathing helps you relax and focus as well as keeping your body moving and recovering between runs. Taking deep breaths whilst running will help you relax. It will also increase the amount of oxygen in your blood, which is essential for providing energy and recovery after exercise. This can also help clear the mind of distractions so that it is ready for whatever comes next.
Remember that running is a mental game as much as it is a physical one. You can use positive self-talk to help you through difficult moments, but it also takes some practice before you feel confident in your ability to do so. In other words, don't beat yourself up if the first few times aren't perfect - just keep working until they are!