How To Keep Running When All You Wanna Do Is Stop…

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  1. nicola says:

    Hi, had the same problem myself today. Keep going is right: run, walk, drag, run, just keep going

  2. karen says:

    Just how i felt today started with a running group today 5k only yes i know still acrun .but i strughled like crao. But i just had to run walk to my dismay. So just reading your post made me think. Your right i need to try focus better on what i was doing. I was running with the tail runner and we talked more than run so next time i nerd to concentrate headohones on music and run like reading your post you give me redirection .good look in lisbon

  3. Ellie says:

    I’ve been running for 6 weeks now and I’m having more and more difficulty keeping going – this post pretty much covers everything. I did the first 5 weeks of c25k, which was ok for the most part but the hardest thing was always the point in the final running interval when the podcast woman chimed in to tell me I was half way through. I realise it is meant as encouragement but I, being a depressive and pessimistic type, would just feel defeated as I’d only made it half way, how could I possibly go on, etc. and then it would drag even more. I also do the ‘if I move more quickly, so will time’ thing, which never helps. As for walking breaks, I find it difficult to start again as my brain likes to tell me that I’ve failed as I’ve stopped running, and I might as well go home. It is a constant battle with the part of my brain that keeps making snide comments (‘you could probably walk faster than this, why are you even bothering?’ being a favourite).

    I bought a GPS watch last week as I though it’d be helpful to see how far I was going but it has made things worse – I now feel even more depressed as I see how slow I am and how little distance I can actually run. I’m going to leave it at home next run.

    • Bernie says:

      Hi Ellie, GPS is both a curse and a saviour isn’t it!
      If it is causing you negative thoughts when checking it, then I would suggest trying reframing your thoughts about it.

      It is your tool, you aren’t its slave!

      And what is “slow”? I bet you can run faster and further now then when you started! You are fast! Faster and stronger than your old self. The GPS is just there to confirm this for you.

      And another trick, one which I personally use. Try your GPS in kilometres. You cover a kilometre faster than a mile – positive thinking help number 1, and when you do look at your watch the numbers are higher – positive thinking help number 2.

      And if you still find your watch a downer during your run, put it in your pocket, or tie it to your energy belt. That way it’s recording your good efforts for later, but not affecting your mental focus when running.

      All the best with you running!

      • Ellie says:

        Thanks for the reply. I do like the idea of taking the watch with me but putting it somewhere I can’t see it. I’ll definitely give that a go.

  4. Bernie says:

    Hi Matt. I know how it feels on those long crappy runs where you are just looking at the GPS with that ‘oh my god how far until I finish’ feeling!

    Blocking out negative thoughts are hard, but I find positive thoughts can drown out negative thoughts very effectively.

    An additional tip you might want to consider when the going gets tough is ‘disassociation’. Instead of focussing on the pain, or the speed you are running, spend a few minutes doing something else with your mind that will disassociate your mind from the present.

    I personally do maths (with a positive perspective). How many calories have I saved by not eating pizza this week or skipping that dirty KFC burger after the pub on Friday night, how many have I burnt in my running this week. Whatever.

    The trick is to get your mind onto something else so you can stop the trickle of negative thoughts. Then after a ‘reset’ of disassociative thinking, focus back on your running, but only the good things you are doing, like your even breathing, how good your form is, that you are half way, 2/3, 3/4, 4/5 of the way through etc

    Good luck for Lisburn. With almost 3 halfs in as many days you well and truly have the base and mental toughness to do well!

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