Introduction to “It’s All Mental”

Hi everyone! I am Elizabeth, a freshman here at Washington College. Through this blog, I am going to give some advice and share my thoughts on running and the challenges and joys surrounding it. Running has been a big part of my life for a long time, first with watching my older brother and sister in their track and cross country meets, and then running in meets myself. Here at WAC, I joined the Running Club, which has been a great experience to motivate myself to run and to meet others who love running as much as I do. My goal is to share with you the advice and strategies that I have learned about training my brain to enjoy running and be an asset rather than a roadblock.  

Throughout my experience with running, I have found that positive thinking and mental strength are vital to having a successful and favorable running career. For some people, the mental aspect of running is harder than the physical aspect. You can be in great shape but still be held down by negative thinking. It can be difficult to get past the nerves that may accompany a race, the negative attitude towards going for a run, and the rationalizations for skipping a run or workout. It is just as important to train your brain as it is to train your body in order to achieve your running goals.

I have experienced nerves, negativity, and just about every other mental block associated with running, as I’m sure most have. I would like to provide insight into overcoming these mental blocks with this blog. I have learned to accept and expect that I will have off days, and that I will have days when running isn’t enjoyable. On these days especially, it is important to remember the goals you have set for yourself and the improvements that you have already made.

With this blog, I will share with you the advice that I have received from my coaches, parents, and siblings, along with personal insight. I hope to help you to achieve your goals and channel positive thinking into your exercise routine.

No matter how long you have been running, how fast or slow, old or young, everyone struggles at some point with their own mind. As George Sheehan, famous author known for his books about running, once said, “It’s very hard in the beginning to understand that the whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants you to quit.” I look forward to starting this journey with you!

Feel free to contact me, via the contact page on this website, with with any questions or advice for future blog posts!!

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