One of the members of the Beginner’s Luck Facebook group posted something yesterday that really jumped out at me.
She had just completed her first 5k non-stop run and mentioned in her comments the importance of perseverance.
She’s been plugging away at the program for a while now, taking time to progress gradually and confidently through the different stages and it’s paid off.
It’s easy to fall into the trap of wanting results instantly.
In the early stages of the program fast progress is often made but when this rate slows down it can be frustrating.
But when you consider the difference in the amount of running you’re doing now compared with how much you had done in the 10 or 20 years prior to starting the program, you can see how much progress is actually being made.
Perseverance is your ability to continue to move forwards despite occasional set backs.
But the other key quality you really need when learning how to run, is patience.
Patience within each workout, and patience with your progress.
I’ve been running since I was 8 years old but at the start of every run I still find myself checking my watch every 30 seconds, wondering why it seems to be taking so long.
But then I remind myself about the importance of patience and am able to relax and start to enjoy the process.
I even have a little mantra that I use on my long runs.
I lightly hold my thumb and forefinger together in each hand and repeat over and over “Relax, Have Patience. Relax, Have Patience”.
It works like a champ every time and I instantly feel myself settling into a rhythm.
The beautiful thing about running is that you make progress EVERY TIME you set foot out the door for a run.
Whether you’re run / walking or running non-stop, progress is all about getting out and doing it.
Have perseverance and have patience, and you’ll always get to where you’re going.
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