For most people when they think about a big goal, something that will take years and require sacrifice in some way, the courage to start is difficult to summon. We often talk ourselves out of even starting with a myriad of excuses.
When I first started running that first step outside was tough. I felt like an idiot! I was convinced that I would pass everyone I knew on my 3 minute run and that they would all know what a complete phony I was. I was not a runner. Why in the world would I kid myself?
I kept running even though I told myself constantly that I wasn’t a runner because I knew I needed to do something for myself to relieve stress. I knew that I was being short tempered with my family and I didn’t like that. I didn’t want to be the mom or wife that yelled at everything. I was holding onto the idea that I would experience that mysterious endorphin rush if I just kept at it. I was also using running as a way to have a small amount of time for myself, with no kids asking for anything. Then when I thought about running a marathon the first thought in my mind was, “Training for a marathon would take too long and I’m not a runner!”
If you are thinking about running a 5K or a 10K or even a marathon, you must find a way to fight these thoughts. If you don’t, it is unlikely that you will stick to a plan and keep going. So how do you fight these thoughts and impulses that tell you that you can’t do it, you can’t reach your goals, it will take way too long?
First, write down your goal and repeat it to yourself at least twice a day. Do your best to make it an obsession. Next, find positive things to tell yourself. Don’t repeat in your own mind, “I’m not a runner.” Tell yourself over and over that you are getting better and stronger with each and every step you take. Tell yourself that you can do this! Tell yourself that if other people who started from Step 1 can do it then you can too. Find something positive that works for you and keep it up!
When someone well meaning tells you that you can’t do it, go back to your positive statements and don’t let that person influence you. You are stronger than you think and you can do this! Remember, you had the courage to start. They did not.