Running can be a very individual pursuit and one of the great things about it is that it’s meditative and you can really zone out. Everyone has their methods of pushing through the mental and physical barriers, here’s a few of mine:
- Don’t set yourself an unrealistic time to do it in or feel you have to beat your previous time. Each course is different and can take longer or shorter depending on terrain and weather. That old adage that at least you are going faster than the person sitting on the couch is true here.
- Positive Affirmations! When I was running across the Tasman Bridge, at every cat eye on the road I told myself that I was winning because each cat eye was a step closer to the finish. I was also consciously grateful for having access to something usually restricted to cars.
- Focus on the moment. While that feeling of relief at the end is tantalising, you won’t get there until you get there. So think about where you are right now. Look around you. Chat to the people around you (if they don’t look too serious!) Wave to the guy that is taking your photo for the newspaper.
- Be grateful. Yes! You read that right. As I was somewhere between the 7-8km mark of the Run Across The Bridge my mind started to think about reasons why I wasn’t happy to be doing what I was doing. Is that a blister forming on my foot? How long until the end? Who’s idea was this anyway?Think about the people that through illness, injury or misfortune aren’t able to participate in a Fun Run. You’ll be glad you earned that blister!
- Reward yourself along the way. I like to give myself little challenges along the way so that I’m a winner, despite not having crossed the line first. I usually choose one person I want to ‘beat’. Usually someone who I’ve seen walking!
Bonus Tip: Choose somewhere beautiful so the scenery distracts you from what you are doing which pretty much means any race in Tasmania (biased, yes!)
Check out the Tasmanian Running Calendar for your next run.