I find myself getting stuck half reminsicing about the old days as better days and the old days as worse. Sometimes I critisize myself and think ” I could be as good as I used to but am not” or ” I was so bad back then”
Stop Aspen, Stop.
I have learned from these habits that one should never think this way. The main motivation of running should be because you enjoy it and you feel good. So instead of continuing thr cycle I decided to use that energy and apply it to some positive motivation and advice for you wonderful readers!
Tip 1: Do not get involved with crash diets
I know most people assume to run a half marathon you need a “runner’s body” or to slim down, but let me tell you, if you are serious about getting to a certain level of fitness make sure you are doing it for the correct reasons. Basically feeling and not asthetics. I know people of all shapes and sizes who can run wonderfully and are trained in their own way to.One rookie mistake is thinking you must compare yourself to someone else and assuming what is fit for them is fit for you. This often leads to unhealthy and short lived diet choices. Listen to your body, find out what it needs and what you feel most comfortable with.If you are training regularly your body will tell you what it wants and needs and the results of your health will show. But if you find you are needing to reach a certain goal, look up long lasting lifestyle changes in dietary choices.
Tip 2: Avoid over indulgence
Another common food myth new half marathon runners believe is that because they are training then this means they can eat anything they want. Big big problem, no matter how much you are running if you constantly are choosing to treat yo self then your body will not be very happy.
Tip 3: Plans are not always accurate
Alot of places I see people posting specific running schedules to follow and saying they should be strictly followed in order to achieve ones running goals. This is reletively false. Everyones body is a little different and requires different training schedules. It is a good idea to make a loose plan-I like to be able to plan and track my progress- but remain aware what your body can handle. If today is supposed to be a long run on your schedule but you are feeling not 100% then modify the distance to what fits you best.
Tip 4: Over training is a real possibility
This I am living proof of. I pushed my self way too hard and fractured my knee..but don’t worry its not to say every over training case is so dramatic, but it is true it can be a hazard for your health and running well being. The most important thing to do is listen to your body. If you feel like it then do it, but if you dont then take a break. And always always have a good rest day!
Tip 5: Your ego is not your amigo
Above all, remember this is supposed to be fun! Don’t go comparing yourself to other or even to another version of yourself. There will always be good days and bad days, people who are faster or better or more in shape than you. Focus on what you want, work towards it and enjoy the small things on the way. Enjoy the present the look back at the progress youve already made on your goal.
Hopefully these little tid bits of information Ive learned along the way can help you keep on going, or start your journey well! I’ll continuinly add more, because there always is so much to learn as you add to your experiences.