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Help with the mental part of running

So I have been able to run 6 out 7 planned 30 minute jogs. The reason why I missed one was all mental. I have only been able to make it this far with using music to distract me but a few days ago it just didn't work and the mental barrier got to me so I gave up (I have since done the full 30 min).

What are your tips for getting over the mental hurdle?

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Re: Help with the mental part of running

  • Maybe your body was really telling you you needed the day off.

    A day off isn't a bad thing, and listening to your body isn't something to be looked down upon. 

    Rest is just as important as the work. 

    As for getting over mental hurdles, even 15 min of exercise has benefits of improving mood, so I tell myself that even if I get to 15 min then it's better than nothing. 

     

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    As for getting over mental hurdles, even 15 min of exercise has benefits of improving mood, so I tell myself that even if I get to 15 min then it's better than nothing. 

     

     

    I do this too.  if I don't feel like working out, I'll tell myself that I only have to do 15-20 minutes and then can go home if I want.  typically, once I've gone that far, I'll finish my workout.  But once in a while, I do quit after 15 minutes and I don't feel bad about it.  something's better than nothing :) 

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  • Are you set on running as your form of exercise? I've never been a "runner", as in couldn't make it a quarter mile, but did the c25k program and felt really proud of myself. But then, I just got bored. I tried races, ran full 5Ks, but still was bored. I just decided running isn't my thing. I don't enjoy it, I did it because I felt like I needed to, or had to, or something. 

    Then I found weightlifting. It keeps my attention. I feel like I see results from one workout to the next. It changes all the time. It's exciting to me.

    Don't get me wrong, I'll still run a race here or there, and I do run on half my workout days. But I never set a distance or length of time. I run what my body feels up to, whether it's 10 minutes or an hour. The only time I have run for an hour was recently when I was caught up in a basketball game on tv.

    And I have ALWAYS had to use music like you. Like I said, I just get bored with running. 

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  • image foundmylazybum:

    Maybe your body was really telling you you needed the day off.

    A day off isn't a bad thing, and listening to your body isn't something to be looked down upon. 

    Rest is just as important as the work. 

    As for getting over mental hurdles, even 15 min of exercise has benefits of improving mood, so I tell myself that even if I get to 15 min then it's better than nothing. 

     

    This.  I have been learning to not beat myself up if there are days that just suck.  Yesterday for example, I got all dressed and ready for an easy three miler.  I made it around the block and my legs were just dead from my long run on Wednesday, so I went home.  I ran a grand total of 1/2 mile...Normally I would have beaten myself up about not pushing through it, but the reality was I needed the day off.  It happens.  Maybe I'll tack on a couple extra miles on my run today if I feel good.  Or maybe I'll just have less miles than I planned this week.

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  • Try changing your scenery. When I run indoors, I choose different treadmills in the gym to overlook different things. When I run outdoors, I often change my route so I don't get bored. I have found that when I run outdoors, I don't even need my ipod.

    I also agree with PP, maybe running isn't for you. Try cycling, swimming, rowing, get into a sport, lift weights, etc. There are so many different types of cardio, find one the suits you better.

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    As for getting over mental hurdles, even 15 min of exercise has benefits of improving mood, so I tell myself that even if I get to 15 min then it's better than nothing. 

     

     

    I do this too.  if I don't feel like working out, I'll tell myself that I only have to do 15-20 minutes and then can go home if I want.  typically, once I've gone that far, I'll finish my workout.  But once in a while, I do quit after 15 minutes and I don't feel bad about it.  something's better than nothing :) 

    I do this too!  More often than not I finish the workout. 

    I also count my strides.  It occupies my mind and blocks any negative thoughts.  I'll commit to 100 strides and then re-evaluate.  By the time I get to 100 I've made progress and helps to keep me going.

    Sometimes you just have a bad run.  It happens to everyone and it's no big deal. 

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