- I'm too slow
- I'll never catch up
- I'll never reach that pace or go that distance
- I have no muscle
- I could never eat/drink/do that
We've all said them...admit it. We've all had negative thoughts shoot through our minds. Whether you are just starting out or are a seasoned veteran, at some point negativity has reared it's ugly head...and it has won. Plan and simple, you became defeated and a vicious cycle happened.
I'm here to say SNAP OUT OF IT!!!! As a gymnastics coach for many years, the words "I can't" would send shivers down my spine. I would say over and over, change those words to "I will try" and before you know it, those words will become "I can."
Self doubt happens to all of us but the key is to recognize it and squash it before it takes over. The power of positive thinking really does work!
How do you incorporate it into your training?? Come up with a mantra, a saying that gets you through those tough times. For example, when I don't think I could possibly put one foot in front of the other because my legs feel like tree trunks, I say "Pain is Temporary, Quitting is Forever." This reminds me that some things are surmountable. (know the difference between pain, pain and just stupid pain). I also have a go-to song that I will blast on repeat that pushes me when I feel like walking. A quick search on google for running mantras give you thousands of examples....some of my favorites are:
- Run Fast, go Past
- One mile at a time
- It's not easier, you're better
- The faster you run, the faster you're done.
- Completing is Succeeding
- All miles are good miles
You can check out this site from Runner's World to help you make you own. Who has a mantra? Share it with me!
Above mantra's and songs, have a support system...be it a friend, a family member, or a group. The TTP have done wonders for me - pushing negative thoughts out of my head as well as helping me keep positive thoughts in others. Sometimes having someone to remind you of how far you have come is enough!
There will be crappy runs - GUARANTEED! The important thing is to remember that tomorrow is another new day to tackle another run. It is 80% mental and we all hope that our legs give out before out mind does!!!!
Share your mantra with me!
Does anyone have other ways to get over the negative talk?