If it was easy, everyone would do it! This was the mantra running through my mind as I plodded out my five miles on the treadmill. I am training for various running events scheduled in early summer and it doesn’t appear to be getting any easier. So now that physical training is done for the day I decided I needed to do some work on training my brain so the physical part will become easier.
“A bad attitude is like a flat tire; you can’t go anywhere until you change it.”* I don’t necessarily have a bad attitude about running, but it definitely isn’t a positive attitude so that has to change. I started out correctly by setting my goal at the beginning of the year. I listed out the steps I needed to address in order to meet my goal and I even assigned dates to those steps. Even more importantly, I vocally committed myself to the goal by communicating it to other people. So where is the problem?
Excuses! I get bored during my training so I need to train my brain to realize that during that particular time of the day, I am working. The treadmill, or the country back roads needs to be considered as my worksite during my training period. Various body parts hurt while I am training so I need to remember that at least I can walk and run whereas some people don’t have that capability. Retraining the brain is no easier than the workout itself but here are some of things I have implemented along the way:
• I listen to music or watch a movie to avoid boredom
• I tape my foot and apply liniment before I start
• I use the bathroom before I start
• I make sure I wear the right socks with the right shoes (this is harder than it sounds)
• I make my towel is handy to wipe the sweat out of my eyes
• I don’t talk myself into a shorter workout (this one is REALLY hard)
Running does not come by me naturally and I don’t necessarily enjoy it. However, running gives me the means to stay in shape and it gives me something to do with my daughter and my husband (even though they run too fast for me). I will never be fast but I don’t need to be. I am fifty-two years old and I don’t need to prove anything to anyone. Perhaps the way to make running fun is to challenge any of my four sisters to a race. I know I could win that event.
As hard as running is for me, I really enjoy the finish and I keep reminding myself if it way easy it wouldn’t be as rewarding.