It’s “Guest Post Friday”! On Fridays, I feature thoughts from individuals who have strong input about the mental side of fitness, training and life. I select witty and honest articles, that give you practical tips and advice. This post is about running, but can easily be used for CrossFit or any other sport. Christine gives you 5 quick tips to become more resilient as an athlete.
Check out this post by Christine Luff, originally posted HERE
4 Ways To Be A More Resilient Runner
“We’ve all had those days when the answer to that question is, “I’m a wimp today.” It’s tempting to give into feelings of laziness and fear, but there are things you can do to make yourself more resistant to those urges. Here are a few ideas on how to be a more resilient runner:
1. Focus on your weaknesses.
It sounds counterintuitive, but paying attention to your weak spots can help you get tougher. If you always fade on the hills, work some hill repeats into your training. If your form falls apart when you get tired, do more core strengthening to prevent yourself from hunching over during the later miles. Not only will you become stronger physically, but facing your weaknesses head-on will improve your mental strength and confidence.
2. Run with a purpose.
If you’re running for the wrong reasons (like trying to impress someone) or for no reason at all, you’re more likely to give up when things get tough. Figure out your personal running motivation, such as improving your health, setting new personal records, reaching new distances, or getting some peaceful alone time. Having that inner motivation means you’ll care about what you’re fighting for and you’ll be more likely to tough it out.
3. Face your fears.
Are you scared to run in the rain? Do you worry about running in a crowded race? The best way to overcome your fears is to tackle them head-on. If you’re really nervous about taking on a new running challenge, ask a friend to do it with you. Get advice from fellow runners on how they manage those situations. You may discover there was no reason to be worried and come out stronger on the other side.
4. Be a grateful runner.
Whenever I reach a point in a run or race when I’m suffering, I remember times when I’ve been injured and devastated about not being able to run. I think about people who can’t run and I’m thankful that I’m strong, healthy and able to run. That usually gives me the emotional strength to dig a bit deeper and push through.”
About The Author: Christine Luff is the running expert on About.com where this article was originally posted. Her passion for the sport filters through all aspects of her life — as a fitness writer, avid runner, running coach, and mom of two very active kids. You can check out more of her tips HERE and connect with her on Twitter HERE.