Negative thoughts about running keep many people from ever giving the sport a try–particularly self-sabotaging thoughts about how fast or slow we run. The good news? Running is relative! There will always be someone faster or slower, so if you run slow, who cares? We sought some advice from Women’s Running, the Official Magazine of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, to help boost your confidence both on and off the track. Don’t let crummy thoughts about your running speed keep you from lacing up and hitting the pavement.
Don’t Underestimate the Power of Positive Thinking
There are many sports psychology studies that prove the power of positive thinking and self-talk. “Athletes that go into a workout or race with positive thoughts perform significantly better and more consistently than those who approach workouts with and races with a negative attitude.” You have to refocus your will and your belief in yourself. Mental preparation is crucial to not only getting you off the couch and out the door to run, but it will also carry you through your run.
Your Running Speed is Relative
Unless you find yourself in the ranks of a professional athlete, there is always going to be someone that runs faster or slower than you. Fast or slow–it’s all relative. Some people are embarrassed by double digit mile speeds, be it 10 or 15-mile paces. Just remember, even fast runners fall victim to negative thoughts comparing their speeds to others. Break the habit and remember there are runners that sport a 15-minute 5K and still feel “embarrassed” by their times when compared to peers. Stop the comparison and remember your running speed is relative.
You’re Already Lapping 80% of Americans
A 2013 study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention found that only one in five U.S. adults get the recommended level of exercise. Translation: 80% of Americans don’t get enough exercise! This statistic should serve as a motivation to get into the 20% of Americans that do meet the recommended exercise guidelines. It doesn’t matter how slow you go, just keep running–you’re already lapping 80% of the nation.
For more tips or to read the full article, visit WomensRunning.com here and now that you know slow-running (and fast-running) is a-ok, make sure you sign up to run Savannah this November!