Tuesday’s Tips – Staying Positive During Training
I’ve put together a list of tips for staying positive during your training for your next running event or the tips could be used for any event. This post was inspired by my need to stay positive during my training. I hope you find it helpful to you as well.
You’ve made up your mind you want to do it, whatever that IT is. Your mind will play dirty, nasty tricks on you trying to get you to thinking you can’t do something. It’s mean, rotten and deceptive and if you let it, it will win. See, a part of it does NOT want you to succeed. That little voice that says you can’t, you won’t. Kick that thing to the curb! YOU CAN! I use examples of running, well because I RUN you replace that with what you see fit.
- Replace negative thoughts with positive ones. It’s not a matter of if but when it will happen. When thoughts of things you can’t do come into your mind replace them immediately with but I can do this. Ok so you can’t physically go another mile but I bet you could go another 1/2 a mile.
- Find the best in every situation. You have X amount of miles to do today on your training schedule and it’s hot or cold, instead of thinking how bad it is think of things that are good about it. I’m not hurting, it may be cold but not raining…I have on my favorite running tights and it makes me look 10lbs lighter!!! Find something good in everything and focus on that.
- Surround yourself with positive people. Maybe that running buddy that you like is actually bringing you down, they complain all the time, you don’t have to be mean just distance yourself, get a game plan and try and motivate them to turning away from the complaining but to gratitude.
- Reset and regroup. No one is perfect and we all have short comings. Some days we just can not do what is expected or planned. Know this and move on. Getting in one mile is better than nothing at all and chances are once you get out there and start you’ll be able to finish what you set out to do.
- Write down positive quotes or bible verses. I have this written down and I love chanting it when I think my legs will not go another step. I take the focus off them and repeat this over and over and over. You may want to have a post-it with positive sayings and look at them before a run and try and remember them while you run.
- Think about things you are are grateful for. When the negative thoughts come, think about those things. After being hurt and could not run I was grateful for any time after that I was able to run. Remember what YOU take for granted someone else is praying for.
- Coach yourself. Put someone else in your place, someone who is struggling and wanting to quit. Talk them through it, encourage them, only one more mile, you can do it. You are doing awesome, just look how far you’ve gone, except say this to yourself.
How do you stay positive when you going through tough training? I’d love to hear some more tips you might have.
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