11 Practical Reasons To Keep On Running When You Wanna Stop.
In this post I’ve highlighted 11 practical reasons to keep on running once you’ve started outside on a workout.
This is kinda ironic considering I didn’t run at all today. Wow. I really should take my own advice shouldn’t I?
- Once you give up once it’s easy to make it into a habit – My biggest regret from the Rock N Roll Las Vegas Marathon was stopping to walk at mile 13. Once I’d set that precedent I stopped every mile or so and every time I did it my morale dropped a little more. Sometimes It’s easier to just run through the discomfort.
- There are other options than stopping completely – You can slow down to a plod or even walk for a while. One of the best reasons to do speed work is that it gives your body more gears to grind through. If you’re running in fourth gear you can easily drop down to 2nd and ease yourself home if you start to struggle. If your two speeds are stop and plod then it’s harder to keep moving when you run out of steam.
- You’ll feel better later if you keep on running – You’ll still be on track with your training and you’ll have earned your rest period.
- The more you battle through your urge to stop the stronger your resolve becomes – When I first started running I wanted to stop on almost every single run. Nowadays I want to stop once a month and that’s usually when I have an awful hangover!
- Your run won’t be over any quicker if you give in – Whilst you could argue that your run is over immediately if you stop on your tracks, you’ll have to come back to it again at a later date. Giving in might sound like the easy answer but you’re just creating more work for yourself later.
- A lot of the time your body can continue and it’s only your mind that wants to stop – If you become overwhelmed with negativity then stopping can seem like your only recourse. Be sure to ask yourself if you really need to stop or whether or not this is simply a build up of mental noise. Most of the time my body will chugging along quite nicely and it will only be mind that’s thinking “shit I fucking hate this and want to stop now!”. Your mind can be a dick at times. Let it be a dick and keep on moving.
- Wanting to stop is a phase that will pass – If you battle through it for long enough you’ll catch your 2nd, 3rd or 4th wind.
- Stopping isn’t as alluring as it seems at the time – Every time I’ve stopped running in a marathon I’ve thought “aw fuck why did I do that?”. Yet when you’re running and very tired it seems like the best possible thing you could do. It never is.
- If you give up what will you do with your free time? – There have been occasions where I’ve stopped in the first few miles of a long run and turned back home only to sit around all day eating pizza and feeling sorry for myself. On those occasions I’ve never had peace of mind. I’ve spent hours thinking about the run that’s went wrong and always regret giving in so easily. It doesn’t have to be that way! You have the power to continue!
- Everyone wants to stop from time to time – You aren’t alone. When I first stopped on my opening training run for the Belfast Marathon I didn’t think I had it would it took to be a ‘proper’ runner. Real runners never had the urge to stop and even if they did they battled through it. Tenacity is a quality that you build with practice. Keep trying and you’ll become both mentally and physically stronger!
- Deciding to continue on for another 0.05 mile can lead to you running for another 5 – Repeating a mantra like “if I can just keep on running for a few more seconds then this will be great” tends to boost my spirit, leaving me with the positivity to continue on for longer. It’s better to have that mindset than to think “shit I’ve another hour of this left.”. Then you become overwhelmed and want to stop.