“Feed your faith, and your doubts will starve to death.” – Unknown
I think running is probably one of the most difficult forms of exercise. It’s extremely physically draining; a beginner may run for two minutes and feel as though their heart & lungs are on fire. Running is also the only exercise that I’m afraid of. Every morning on my ‘run days’ I experience moments of fear: will I be able to run for the specified time? My legs are going to get heavy and hurt, and I will get tired too quickly and have to stop. Clearly, I am concerned about my ability to run!
If I set out on a run with that mindset, it will inevitably be bad, my confidence in myself & the sport will be knocked and I’ll dread the next time I decide to go for a run. However, I have found that the difference between a good run and a bad one, is faith.
I’m on week 7 of a 10 week 10K training plan, and I have never been able to follow any running plan to this point before. I sincerely believe this is because I realised, that when I told myself before, during and after that I could and would do this run, running became incredibly rewarding. I’ve begun to enjoy running, and looked forward to each week and increased distance. By having faith in my body, but more importantly by believing in my mind that I could complete the training runs, my running improved. I’m not a fast runner – my average pace is probably closer to a 10 min/mile, but my endurance is improving. The other day I ran 9K and I didn’t even know it!
It may sound cliche, but that’s because the best advice usually is the simplest: by having faith, and believing in myself that I could run…I have been able to! Next time you head out for a run – squash any doubts & tell yourself that you got this, and repeat if necessary.