The Art Of Discouraging Yourself From Running.
Looking for more excuses for chickening out of your next run? Then look no further than this list.
- Promise that you’ll run tomorrow. When tomorrow comes you’ll want to run tomorrow. Yesterday is stacked high with your own failed dreams and broken promises. It’s impossible to punch anyone you hate in the face tomorrow. That has to be done now.
- Lie in bed for an extra hour in the morning instead of going for a run. You will wake up feeling an hour worse off.
- Turn running into a way of punishing yourself (because you don’t punish yourself enough with your hectic lifestyle and your shit diet. Flog yourself until your another dead donkey)
- Beat yourself up about having run so little in recent months. That’ll be the first thing that will make you take your shoes off and to make you feel sorry for yourself.
- Worry too much about how far you’re gonna run. Thinking about running 10 miles is hard enough for anyone. The first 10 steps will lead to another 10 steps. Unless you step on a fucking land mine.
- Worry about how other people will react to you running and let it stop you from doing what you love. You’re in control of your own limbs so just keep pounding them forward (unless of course you have WI-FI enabled bionic legs and some fucker has just cracked your WEP key.)
- Compare yourself negatively to other runners. They may be able to run faster and for longer distances but this has absolutely nothing to do with you and everything to do with them. Focus on what you’ve got to. Laying around in jealousy isn’t an answer.
- Let yesterday’s bad choices get in the way of a better today. You may have eaten 5 Big Macs, a bucket of chicken and next door neighbour’s cat yesterday but that was yesterday. Start again today. The worst that will happen is that you shit yourself or you get a little out of breath.
- Impose meaningless limits/rules on your run. For many years I refused to run any slower than a 10 minute mile as I thought people would judge me negatively for it. In my first 6 months running I could only complete runs where the course was a circle. A run is a run.