Training Tip Tuesday – Remember Your "Why"

We all have reasons why we started running. Perhaps it was because we wanted to lose weight. Maybe we just wanted to get in shape. Or it is possible that a friend or family member encouraged us to start. Maybe we were just looking for a way to get out of the house. Or maybe you just wanted to see if you could!

Whatever the reason, try to remember what it was. Sure, it is possible that as our journey proceeds our reasons change or morph into something else. And that is fine. In fact, it is expected. Afterall, there will come a time when you reach that goal weight, or you run that goal distance, or you’ve just proved to yourself that you can, in fact, run. It almost seems necessary to revamp your “why”. You “why” may become “to get faster” or “to run longer” or “to find out what I’m really made of.”

These are all great! But when the going gets tough, and more than likely, it will get tough, it is always good to go back and remember “why” you started this journey in the first place. It is always better to focus on accomplishments rather than failures…or near failures.

Think about it this way. You are running. In fact, you are running poorly. You are having a bad day. Or a bad race. Or you are just having a sucky run. This is when I want you to remember your “why”. And not your new and improved “why”, but your initial “why”. Why? Well, this is why. Because at this particular moment in time, during this particularly bad day or bad run, you are working on your new “why” and it would seem that at this particularly bad time you are not succeeding in reaching your goals. You are at a roadblock, a stand still…or perhaps even taking a step backward. This isn’t always a bad thing, mind you, but at this particular time, it would be bad for YOU. It would almost be like accepting failure because suddenly your goal seems hopelessly out of reach. By refocusing your attention on your original “why”, your brain and your body will realize “Hey! I already did that. I already proved I could do that. I already know what I am capable of.” So what is happening now? I’m just having a bad day or a bad run or a bad race. It means nothing. It represents nothing. Because you already know how far you have come. And you’ve come a long way, baby.

Always concentrate on how far you've come rather than how far you have left to go. -Unknown

So, the next time this happens, go back to that “why”. Who knows? It might be all you need to turn a bad run into a good run. But who are we fooling? Every run is a good run.

Do you remember your “why”? Share it with me in the comments below!

Disclaimer: These training tips are based on my opinion and what has worked for me. I am not a doctor, or a trainer, or a professional athlete. This blog purely represents observations I have made in my 4 years as a runner. Always consult a medical professional before beginning a running or workout program. I am not liable, either expressly or in an implied manner, nor claim any responsibility for any emotional or physical problems that may occur directly or indirectly from reading this blog.

2 Responses to Training Tip Tuesday – Remember Your "Why"

  1. My “why” happened 15 years ago – I wanted to lose weight and running seemed to be the easiest thing for me to do (no gym membership required). I lost the weight and as the years passed, my goals changed and my mindset changed. I’ve gotten to the point in my running where I know there are going to be bad runs and sure, I may not like them but they are always a learning experience. 😀

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