How to Hack the Overwhelm of Running

Are you overwhelmed with running

Are you overwhelmed or afraid of the unknown associated with running.  Starting anything new can have that effect, so you are not alone if you are a bit scared or overwhelmed as you start a new running program.  Today, I will give you three ways to hack the overwhelm of running so you can start running and stick with it.

Baby Step It
One movie that I have enjoyed watching is ‘What About Bob’.  In the movie, the Bob becomes addicted to a psychologist and his family.  The psychologist has a new book that he wrote called ‘Baby Steps’, and Bob tries to get better by taking one small step at a time.  He actually takes the idea of small steps literally at one point as he shuffles off from the Psychologist’s office to the elevator.  Now I certainly do not want you to run like Bob walks here, but there is a lesson to be learned.  The idea of taking your running one step at a time can help you stick with your running.

Mark Twain has a good quote that touches on this same subject.  I actually shared this in another post, but I thought it is quite relevant to this one as well:

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.”

In other words, you need to create a running plan, and follow it.  Then you can just follow the plan one step at a time.  You do not need to worry that you have to run three times a week;  you just need to go run today.  Then tomorrow you can worry about what is on your schedule tomorrow.  Jesus himself addresses this subject of worry in this quote from the famous Sermon on the Mount:

“So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
–Jesus (Matthew 6:34; NAS)

Create a Habit of Running
I have heard that if you do something for 30 days, eventually you create a habit.  So, try to stick with it 30 days, and hopefully you will have established a routine by that time.  Once you reach this point, exercise is just a part of your normal day, and you do it regularly.

Try to do some form of physical activity every day, with one or two days off.  You can even have an easy day of walking two or three times a week, with a running day two or three times a week.  At least with this kind of routine, which I also use in the running schedule for beginners, you can always increase the duration and intensity of the easy days later.  And, the good thing is that you are burning extra calories six times a week, which helps with weight loss.

Have Some Support
There are several ways you can get the support from others.  Many times the support you get from others can be just the thing you need to keep you on the path of hacking the overwhelm.

  • Run with a Friend – I have talked about getting a running buddy and regularly going running together every week or so.
  • Online Support – You could go online to forums such as, or other running blogs such as this one or those posted in the link provided.  You could just tell your friends and family what you are doing, and what your goals are.
  • Share with Friends and Family – By sharing your goals with others, it gives you motivation to share with them how you are doing.

What Do You Think?

What are some things that overwhelm you with running?

How have you overcome those things?

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