Los Angeles, CA –
Individuals run for differentreasons: for some, it’s the workout of choice in their quest for better health,for others it’s a hobby or a competitive sport. But there are those in the population who fear running, or avoid itbecause they feel their performance lacks, or other runners will consider themslow. But in the long run, performanceand speed matter less in health than those who run races for competitivereasons. Fitness can often be a state ofmind, as can considering oneself a “slow” runner. If a person wishes to change their physicalperformance, sometimes all that takes is changing the way they think ofthemselves.
Numerous studies into sports psychologyhave proven that positive thinking and self-talk can be powerful motivators ordetractors when it comes to fitness and health. The way we frame the context of a workout or a race in our mind cantranslate into physical performance. Athletes who go into a race with more positive thoughts have betteroutcomes in performance, and those who run for fitness have better results whenthey believe in themselves. Reframingself-talk and praising accomplishments no matter how small are important formental and physical growth.
And physically, there isn’t muchdifference between a “slow” runner and someone who is faster. The feelings of satisfaction, the adrenalinerush, the disappointment of a poor time or the feeling of freedom that’s achievedwhen we’re out on the trails are the same no matter the running speed. A person who runs a 5K in 15 minutesaccomplished the same distance as someone who ran it in 30 – both worked hardand sacrificed, and experienced individual challenges they had toovercome. Both are successful, speeddoesn’t matter.
As with other physicalactivities, it’s bad to compare individual goals with the accomplishments ofothers. There’s always going to besomeone stronger, or faster, or more fit than the rest of the crowd. What we should focus on is individualaccomplishments that we persevered through rather than what another person isdoing with their physical fitness.
Finally, the running crowd isnotoriously friendly and supportive to individuals of all fitness levels andspeed. They support and cheer on allrace participants, and are simply glad a person has joined the club rather thanobsessed and concerned with the speed of their pace. If running is something an individual wishesto try, speed should not be the focus. Work on building endurance and stamina, and accomplishing short termgoals for long term benefits.
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