23 Mar Top Secret Ninja Tip… Get out running when you don’t want to!
Yep, I may have totally over glorified this tip.
But it works.
When you have those days where you just don’t want to go out.
You might have just come back from illness and dreading that “First Run Back”
Or you might just be having a bad day.
We all get them, no matter how experienced we are. Its 100% normal.
And the number one factor that stops us.
Fear of Failure.
We get these thoughts in ours heads… “I can’t possibly run X miles today”.
“I’m going to be slower than last weeks run”
“I’m not going to enjoy it”
In fact we start to determine the outcome before we’ve even started.
Imagine how the world would be if we did this for everything?
In fact we do, however with most daily activities, we know that we either HAVE to do them, or the risk of failure is that small we don’t even think about it.
So one solution is to reduce the risk of failure.
This is an exact from an email I sent to one of my runners over the weekend who had just got over an illness:
On their Online Coaching Plan was to run 12 miles.
At a steady pace, as part of their build up to the London Marathon.
I KNOW that this runner can do more, they’d done it in previous weeks. They’d done marathons in the past. But as a result of being ill, they thought they’d lost their fitness.
Years of hard work gone in a week.
It won’t happen, you’ll carry your fitness through your illness, you head might not think it, but you won’t have lost “everything” in a couple of weeks…
Post run, this was the response:
So, feeling rubbish… don’t want to run.
Try switching off/ignoring everything and just run.
Go back to basics. Forget the targets for one week and just head out the door.
I guarantee, you’ll feel better about it afterwards, and if you don’t…
Well, at least you will still have ran 😉
P.S. Spaces are rapidly disappearing for the new Level One (Technique and Strength courses) in April.
Tuesday 6:30pm-7:30pm in Southampton
Wednesday 6:30pm-7:30pm in Gosport
Friday 6:30am-7:30pm in Southampton.
Everyone will also grab a FREE spot on the Friday night Interval Training Session too for each week of the 12 plus some other bits like a free training t-shirt.
Get involved here: https://runcamp.co.uk/home/level-one-technique-and-strength-course/
Ant is the creator of RunCamp. Everyday his goals are to educate, motivate and inspire runners and triathletes to make themselves better than they were yesterday.
Running in his eyes is a journey, and through his coaching he aims to make everyone’s journeys more enjoyable.
As well as running, you’ll find Ant regularly taking part in triathlons, from sprint distance up to full Ironmans.
He also has a big weakness in the forms of Papa John’s pizza and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, so if you ever want to get an easier session, thats one way to get one!