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A Running Guide for the Overweight Runner

There is a man that runs around my town all of the time carrying himself with no evidence of being tired. You may see him out at the park r...

9.30.2010

It's all in your head...my own running cartoon.

During my run yesterday, I spent some time thinking.

Isn't that what you do when you run? I guess it wasn't like that in the beginning when I was running. It was more like a...

"huff, cough, clear throat, cough, stop, walk, cough, pant, and stop again"



but that changed after a little while. I eventually was able to at least make it to my goal of finishing...despite how beat up I felt.



...but at some point - it all changed in my head from "when does this end - I can't do this - running isn't my thing" to...

...who knew?

we constantly tell ourselves that we can't do it, that it won't happen, that we don't deserve it...but you can, it will, and you do.

Running, weight loss, fitness - much of it is in our heads on whether or not we can succeed. At some point, if you stick with it (and sticking with it is a key to success), you'll have a point in time where you'll think to youself...

"oh, i did it."

Success is around the corner - are you willing to work for it?

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's funny that you post this today. I'm a full believer in it all being in your head.

-Margaret

*Whitney* said...

I agree it's absolutely a head game. That's why it's so hard some days!

Patrick said...

You sir are an artist! Artist of motivation, very nicely done.

MargieAnne said...

Little by little, step upon step and things look better and brighter.

I guess if nothing else comes from this determination to be fitter and healthier we have learned the value of never giving up. You can't win if you give-up so it;s not an option.

You really are inspiring. Have a good house move. Busy times as you re-settle.

Julie @ "Hotlegs Runner" said...

One thing I learned during my first few months of running, is to never underestimate myself.

Great post! New follower here =)

SeattleRunnerGirl said...

BIG Amen here. This whole process is 95% about what goes on in our head/heart. Once you conquer THAT part, the rest is ... okay, not EASY, but you know.

Lisa said...

Great topic! The first time I ran I thought it meant "to run as fast as you can for as long as you can." Um....no. That's not running. LOL Then I got a heart rate monitor for my birthday. I learned how to use it and learned how to run smart and RIGHT. I learned so much since then. 2.5 years later...I'm an efficient runner who just completed the Hood to Coast Relay Race (197 miles).

Margie M. said...

I'm not a runner (old, bad knees) but I am a walker. We try to get at least 100 miles per month in with our walking exercise. We have just incorporated a daily walk (6 days a week) into our early morning routine for about 20 years. Stick with it is right!

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