It always boggled my mind when I saw people people effortlessly run past me. They made it seem so easy. In my mind it was impossible for me to do. That train of thought unfortunately impeded my progress when I started running. For months, I would hit the pavement wanting to accomplish what others did, but never got the desired result. As my training stalled, I grew more and more frustrated.
You might wonder where I’m going with this… Well if any of you know my story, you’ll know that I took on running last year, but as I was getting close to my 1 year running anniversary, I realized that I wasn’t making any significant progress. I always asked myself how can people run for so long without stopping, when I can’t even run for 2 minutes without being out of breath, and ready to pass out. I started questioning myself and started looking for answers. You can read: Am I Really A Runner If I can’t run 1 mile nonstop. I must tell you, it is amazing what can happen when we change our mindset and our attitude.
When I finally realized last month (with some help) what my problem was, I changed my attitude about my running. My main issue was that I approached running with fear and negativity. I was being stopped by barriers that I had built in my mind. So I decided to stop telling myself it was hard and I couldn’t do it. My “I can’t” turned into, “I will”. I set running goals, and I told myself no matter how hard it gets, I will push past my comfort zone.
My first goal was to run a full mile without stopping. I did that. Then I set new goals to push to 1.25 mile, then 1.5 mile etc… For the month of May, I wanted to make it to 2 miles nonstop. I’m very glad to say I was able to meet that goal and even went the extra mile by adding 0.4 mile. Now I’m able to run for 30 minutes without stopping (who would’ve thought?). Yeap… I… this girl, who 1 month ago was struggling to run for 2 minutes without taking a walk break, is now able to run for a full 30 minutes.
The moral of the story guys: Anything you set your mind to, you can accomplish. Your body achieves what mind your mind believes. You will first need to have a clear goal in mind. When I was running without a goal, I did not accomplish much. Once I set some running goals, it quickly paid off, I started seeing progress.
My future in running is now looking mighty bright, and I now feel more confident saying I am a runner. A few more miles to run this month, and I’m ready to set new goals for the month of June. Stay tuned guys…
Your turn… What roadblocks did you encounter at the beginning of your running career? Where they mental or physical? Don’t forget to share your stories below guys. I love to hear from you!
In the meantime, Stay Healthy and Keep Running!