I know, many of you are just starting, and your saying, I just want to be able to run a mile. You know, it is always the hardest mile. I feel like if I run one or three, the first is always the hardest. I think it’s my mind isn’t always geared with the rest of my body. Yeah, I’m there saying it’s time to run, but really it just wants to sit on the couch. I also think I’m never really warmed up, so my body wants to drag and stomp it’s feet and say, no I won’t go.
The first mile is really like pulling teeth. It’s like pushing myself to go. Sometimes, that mile drags into the first 2 miles. Just slow, hard to get moving. That feeling of I just want to stop and walk. For me, it’s that first 15 minutes. Therefore, if you are a beginner and just out run/walking and working your way up to the mile, it maybe the first 15 minutes for you too. Those dreaded 15. I honestly almost always struggle with my first mile. It’s like a mind game, yes you must run. I will not stop to walk, I will not turn back. If you keep going, you will feel like running. These are just some of the thoughts that go through my head.
See, it’s like any workout I do. I get up, really don’t want to do it. I put in my video, push play. It’s that first 15 minutes. My body screams at me. What are you doing? I don’t want any part of this. Stop now. Funny, when I am working out at home with a video, it can be so tempting to turn off the DVD and just quit. But, just like when I run, I say- you must continue. You must get past this mindset of I don’t want to, my legs don’t want to,… and just do it. Because, soon – I will be flying and bringing it. I will get that wind that will excite me. I will get the thoughts of yes, this is just what I needed. I will push myself a little harder, I will go.
Then, just as I am psyched about getting into my run or my exercise program, I suddenly realize, it’s about time to stop. That finish line is just ahead, or that cool down is coming up. How did I go from dreading the first mile or first 15 minutes, to suddenly not wanting it to be over. To feeling good for accomplishing my goal for the day.
It really is all mindset. Can you make it past the first 15 minutes? Can you push yourself to go that first mile. Can you allow yourself the ability to see what is around the next corner without giving in and just stopping? Pushing yourself a little when your body says no is what will make you a winner. It’s what will drive you forward. It’s what will get you results. Giving into that mindset, of I’m done, will probably allow you to give into other things throughout the day. Hmm, want a cookie? Your mind is saying YES. What if you waited 15 minutes and asked yourself again, do I still want that cookie? In that 15 minutes, think of how hard it is to get moving and get into your groove. Think of the results you really want. Now, think of how easy it is to quit. How easy it is to say, I just don’t want to. Same with that cookie. Yup, giving in right when you want it, that is the easy part. It takes the thought out of what you are doing. It makes you forget your goals. But, pushing through that mindset, and allowing your body to get use to the idea- yes, I will be exercising today. Yes, I will be fueling my body with good stuff today. That is what makes you a winner.
Now, push through that first mile. Push through that first 15 minutes. Know that once you do that, you are well on your way to success and reaching your goals.
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