Beyond its obvious physical aspect, running has an undeniable mental component. Training is as much a mental discipline as it is a physical act. Your mindset can either make or break a workout or a race.
We often believe that it’s physical skills that are the hardest to master and spend the majority of our time developing our form, building up our physical strength and cardiovascular endurance. We don’t invest much time in developing our mental game even though it’s just as influential to our success.
Because we don’t learn to flex our mental muscles, we end up not knowing what to do; we end up losing motivation, get discouraged because of injuries, or talk ourselves out of doing that hard workout.
If you’re a new runner, you’re often even more confused about what to do, about how to even BE a runner.
In this brief series, we’re going to take a look at some of the common mental traps that runners fall into and give you concrete tools and advice to help you develop your own mental reflexes. We’re going to show you actionable skills that you can use to build your own mental toolkit.