Tackling a Mental Block to Start Running Again
Since I was a young girl, I had a love of athletics and fitness. In high school, I loved cross-country, winning numerous medals and competing in various events. Although, like many teenagers, as I got older, my enthusiasm for fitness faded away. After all, life moved on, college, work and numerous responsibilities.
But something kept tugging at me on the inside, constantly reminding me of my love for running and athletics in general. Running had always been the one activity that I loved the most, and it became increasingly difficult to ignore the feeling. For years, I had tried to ignore it, but in midlife something inside me changed, and I decided that it was time for me to grab back my love for running and tackle all the mental blocks preventing me from doing so.
Tackling a Mental Block: I Followed These Steps
Looking back now, tackling my mental blocks wasn’t as difficult as it seemed initially. All that was needed was a little push and the right mindset to get started. Here is what helped me start running again:
1. Setting Goals & Having an Accountability Partner:
Before I got started with running, I set realistic goals and marked them on my calendar. I also asked one of my friends to be an accountability partner where we checked in with each other regularly on our progress. This helped keep me motivated and made sure that I was hitting my targets without fail.
2. Joining a Run Club or Fitness Group:
What helped me stay motivated the most was joining a local running club where I could share experiences with fellow runners or fitness enthusiasts like me. It was also a great way to make new friends, as well as get access to new running routes and tips that I wouldn’t find otherwise.
3. Investing in Good Running Gear:
Having comfortable clothes suitable for running made a huge difference in my runs as well as helped keep up my motivation levels much higher than they were before. Buying good quality running clothes made me feel confident while running out in public and gave the extra oomph that I needed to move beyond my mental blocks in order to become an effective runner once again. Of course, looking the part always helps you feel better!
4. Choosing the Right Time & Place for Running:
One of the biggest obstacles that stands between people starting a new exercise routine is finding the time and place for working out, which happened to be one of my problems too initially, when trying to get back into running after such an extended period of time away from it. To avoid this problem altogether, I set aside specific days during the week when I could go out for a run without any pressures from outside sources or commitments from friends or family members getting in the way of it.
Running is one of the best ways to de-stress
By following these steps, I slowly began to see some improvements in my runs over time as well as gained more confidence while doing so, which eventually helped me break free from all my mental blocks and regain my love of running again! Nowadays, whenever I feel overwhelmed by life’s pressures or need some alone time with myself, going out for a run is one of the best ways for me to de-stress and get back into my groove!
Not only has this new passion brought joy into my life, but it has also significantly improved my physical health too! And although running remains one of my favourite activities today, it wasn’t always easy getting here; It took hard work, dedication, accountability and some ‘me-time’ commitment as well!
Running Clubs in the UK
- London Fields Runners is a friendly and welcoming club for runners of all abilities, based in Hackney, East London. They offer a variety of runs throughout the week, including a beginner’s group, a women’s only group, and a social run.
- Parkrun is a free, weekly 5k event that takes place in parks all over the UK. It’s a great way to get started with running, or to improve your times.
- RunTogether is a network of running groups all over the UK. They offer a variety of runs, from beginner to experienced, and they’re a great way to meet other runners.
- The North Face Running Club is a running club for members of The North Face. They offer a variety of runs, from beginner to experienced, and they’re a great way to get involved with The North Face community.
- Virgin Active Running Club is a running club for members of Virgin Active gyms. They offer a variety of runs, from beginner to experienced, and they’re a great way to get involved with the Virgin Active community.
These are just a few of the many running clubs in the UK. You can find a list of clubs in your area by visiting the British Athletics website.
Tips for Finding a Good Running Club
Here are some tips for finding a running club:
- Think about your goals. What are you hoping to achieve by joining a running club? Do you want to improve your times, make new friends, or just have fun?
- Consider your fitness level. Some clubs cater to runners of all abilities, while others are more competitive.
- Look for a club that’s convenient for you. Make sure the club meets at a time and place that works for you.
- Check out the club’s website or social media pages. This will give you a good idea of the club’s vibe and what kind of runners they attract.
Running Clubs in the US
- Nike Run Club is a global running community with clubs all over the US. They offer a variety of runs, from beginner to experienced, and they’re a great way to meet other runners.
- Tracksmith is a running club and apparel brand based in Boston. They offer a variety of runs, from beginner to experienced, and they’re a great way to meet other runners who are passionate about running.
- Fleet Feet is a running speciality store with clubs all over the US. They offer a variety of runs, from beginner to experienced, and they’re a great way to get fitted for shoes and learn about running.
- New York Road Runners is a running club and non-profit organization based in New York City. They offer a variety of runs, from beginner to experienced, and they’re a great way to get involved with the New York running community.
- Rabbit is a running club and apparel brand based in San Francisco. They offer a variety of runs, from beginner to experienced, and they’re a great way to meet other runners who are serious about running.
These are just a few of the many running clubs in the US. You can find a list of clubs in your area by visiting the Road Runners Club of America website.