As stated in my bio I have a love/ hate relationship with running! A lot of the time I am reluctant to get out and go on a run, but whilst I’m actually running and the feeling of achievement after every run is why I continue to run. The fact that I do enjoy running when I’ve got going, makes me think that the ‘hate’ relationship is more to do with mental aspects rather than physical ones. I am by no way an expert in running but I’d like to share my own experiences with you.
At school I used to hate everything about cross country, running through the mud in Winter, being cold and out of breath and I never felt any sense of self-motivation to run or like I’d achieved anything after I’d finished. It was only when I got to sixth form, and cross country was not compulsory, that I really discovered running. Now I’m at uni running is a great way of getting regular exercise and something that I enjoy a lot more, and I even ran a half marathon last year. Despite all this I still get the familiar feeling of not wanting to go outside when it’s cold and I’m all snuggled up in bed!
This morning I was torn between having a lie in and getting up to go to parkrun. I’m lucky enough to live close enough that I can walk to my local parkrun on Saturdays. Having stayed up late last night and considering that I had also run yesterday I was tempted to go back to sleep when my alarm went off. I have only been running twice since the Christmas holidays, and I felt finding the motivation to go running a lot harder as my fitness levels had considerably dropped! I also find that when I have a lot of work piling up I convince myself that I don’t have time to go running. It did not look like that I was going to go running today, but at the last minute I quickly grabbed my trainers and got ready before I could change my mind! As soon as I got out the door and saw the blue sky I immediately felt better, as it’s no fun running in the rain!
I enjoy parkrun as running with there people really pushes you and keeps you going at the times when you really want to stop and walk. Having walked a couple of times on my run yesterday I was determined to run the whole 5k. During the run I really pushed myself, constantly thinking ‘this is what I need to do’ if I want to get back to the fitness levels I was at last year. After I had completed the run I was very tired but felt that I had done much better than I had expected to!
One of the things I enjoy most about running is the elated feeling and sense of personal achievement I get afterwards which always makes me glad I decided to go for a run. I always think as nice as lie-ins are I never feel as happy as I do after a run! Despite being nearly a minute off my PB I am happy that I went and I know that this run will mentally make the next run easier.
I hope that this post has motivated you to just go for it the next time you’re debating over whether to go for a run or not! Please comment if you have any questions and do let me know your thoughts and if you have any other tips for motivating yourself to go running!