How To Inspire Confidence Within Yourself As A Runner.
One of the most difficult things is to gain confidence as a runner. Your first few runs will always be a war of attrition where you’ll want to stop every minute or so.
Once you get over the initial hurdle and find a bit of confidence within your running, then you begin to feel great.
Then you start to run great!
I’m posting this tonight as I too have been short of self-belief this week. I cut my long run short on Monday as the weather was appalling.
I got to 5 miles and changed from a 10:30 min/mile pace into a sub 9 minute mile one until I got home.
I had to create a positive to work from. I can’t afford to have any more runs where I don’t achieve at least something, even if it is just a few sub 9 minute miles.
They all add up.
My diet has been dreadful this week too as my birthday was on Tuesday. On Wednesday I was nursing a bit of a headache and had a huge packet of Maoam Pinballs for lunch to try to shift the hangover.
I’m back on track as of today
I’ve returned to healthy eating and enjoyed a large punnet of grapes for lunch.
Today I went for a 13.6 mile run around the hills and it was great to get out again. I hadn’t ran since my aborted long run as I was dreading the thought of stepping outside again.
I’m now on 193 miles for January and I’m going out tomorrow again to run a hilly half marathon and make January my best month ever.
Here are some tips on how to inspire confidence within yourself as a runner.
- Your first run after a bad run will never be as bad as you think it’s gonna be – Just get outside, lower your expectations and celebrate running again.
- Start out slowly and finish with strength if you have anything left in the tank – The best way to ruin your confidence entirely is to start too quickly and then end up having to walk. Worse still, if you injure yourself then you’ll lose the momentum you’ve built on. If you finish quickly then you’re more likely to remember your run as a positive one and feel good after it.
- Keep yourself centred – Don’t compare yourself to any other runners. It’s so easy to feel insecure over better runners and to fall into negativity on the run. Don’t take compliments to heart as when someone tries to insult you then you’ll believe them too. Focus on incremental improvements day on day and you won’t go far wrong.
- Don’t worry too much about one bad run – They happen to everyone from time to time. You can always learn something from a negative experience. If you become too negative after a bad run you can easily talk yourself into a bad streak and that’s worse!
- Capitalise on a good run streak – The best way to avoid a bad streak with your running is to ride out a good streak as long as possible. In the past mine have ended with an epic celebration involving shit loads of alcohol, burgers and pizzas as a reward for finally being able to run properly. Guess how the next run felt?
- Confidence comes naturally from running well – That’s the beauty of running, when you start to notice an improvement you wanna keep improving. You then run more and have better and better runs. That’s why it’s important to keep moving forward. If you stop making progress you’ll start to doubt your training and will likely lose confidence in your abilities.
- Your future doesn’t have to be like your past – If you’ve tried running and given up in the past, then you don’t have to do that this time. Your legs can usually run for as long as they want to carry you. It’s your mind that can either be your greatest ally or enemy.