Although I may not be running those crazy distances as of late — that doesn’t mean I don’t remember what its like! When you’re training for a fun marathon, even for a half marathon, mental blocks can be the ultimate enemy that stand in the way of reaching your goals. Feeling bored or discouraged can be a set back — and even make you feel like you don’t want to run anymore! We have all felt this way at some point, but here are some simple ways to get past those mental hurdles and get back on track.
disclaimer: this is a sponsored posts with affiliated links; but my advice is still true and I’d tell ya the same in person. thanks!
stay entertained. If you’re stuck on the treadmill or running the same, old route everyday, you get bored! Not being focused or getting bored can make it more difficult to push yourself — push yourself to run farther — push yourself to run faster — push yourself to train harder. Think of your normal entertainment method, and switch it up. If you normally listen to music, switch it up to a podcast; following a story or listening to a book can easily take your mind off of the exercise, an maybe into another world. Can’t get away from your tunes? Make a simple switch in musical genre to spice it up. While it’s safer to you limit the items you carry while running, a phone like the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge can be the perfect companion; it has plenty of storage space for your music, podcasts and it is also lightweight and water resistant.
find social support. Now this one is a gimme — having a network is the best. Whether it’s sharing the same interests, sharing goals, sharing brain-storming sessions, or sharing coffee — they’re there for you, thick or thin. Plus, having your squad is amazing, I know you feel me. New to town or what to expand your crew? I used to always use Meetup.com to find local running groups, along with other local event too! Surround yourself with people who want to see your best … happen!
don’t compare yourself. We all know comparison is the devil! Don’t forget to do a healthy, mental check and don’t get caught up in competition. Remember, it’s you against you — you know what your goals! And even though we already chatted about goals, don’t forget to have them posted somewhere, make them visible! But instead of comparing yourself to others, use your squad for inspiration, a high five, or even a pep talk. Or, even better, just look to yourself! If you are solely focused on your goals, it will be easier to get over those nasty mental blocks or thoughts of comparison.
have flexible goals. I could chat about goals for days!! Goals are great for self-improvement, but always consider making them SMART, Specific Measurable Attainable Realistic & Timely. If a goal is too crazy, not realistic, or not achievable in a certain time frame, we can easily get discouraged and that’s no fun! Big or small, take an extra moment and consider if your goal is SMART — overall it will mean you’re crushing those goals and doing it the healthy way. Along side of being SMART, I also like to make some back-up goals, or secondary goals. For example, if I was setting out for speed training, I would set two goal times — the ‘need to hit’ and the ‘would be awesome if I hit’ for my run. Always give yourself something to be proud of, even if it isn’t the exact place you want to be. We all know there will be good days and bad days, so accept that the hard times will come and anticipate ways to still be happy with your performance and outcome.
While running is majority physical, take it from me, don’t underestimate the mental aspect. It requires strength to run — push yourself — cross that finish line, in your brain, your lungs, and of course your legs!
What are some of your tricks to overcoming mental blocks? Running…or just life!