I want to love running, I really do. I love the way I feel after a run, but I always stop so soon. Why? I think my biggest obstacle is self doubt. Instead of encouraging myself to keep going, I’m instantly telling myself, “I don’t think I can go any further” or “I’m already out of breath.” At that point I resort to walking and rarely start running again. My knee’s don’t hurt anymore, so I can’t use that excuse. The weather has been pretty much perfect for running, unlike the 90+ temps in the summer. Logically, I know that if I keep going, I’m not going to die, but there’s a voice deep down that tries to convince me otherwise.
Like anything, I’m pretty sure the only way to get over this hump is to JUST DO IT. Dane got me a Garmin for Christmas, I have great running shoes and I have an iPod Nano. I should be all set, right? I just need to grab my confidence and hit the road!
I’ve only done one 5k (in October) and ended up finishing in 42:33. I walked WAY more than I planned to and I don’t really have a good excuse as to why.
I know that walking is good exercise too, but I want to run!!
Do you talk yourself out of things you know you can do?