Seven Things That May be Holding You Back From A Successful Running Program

runner being held backHave you ever wondered what is holding you back from having a successful running program?  Some of you are just having a difficult time getting started, and today we are going to explore why.  Maybe you have recently started and just could not stick with the program, perhaps you are someone who has not able to get started at all, or maybe you are just learning about running, and testing the waters to learn what it takes to start a running program.  For those of you who are already running regularly, there maybe some good tips in here for you as well, to take your running to the next level.

Here are seven things that could be holding you back from having a successful running program:

  • Fear of failure – Some people do not start running, or other things, because they are simply afraid that they may fail.  I guess there are some ways you could justify failure – by not being very fast, not being able to run as far as you wish, or getting injured.  However, the reality is that you will only improve with time, and the benefits of running outweigh any potential ‘failure’ that you could have by running.
  • Fear of injury – Okay, so nobody ever desires to get hurt, right?  And, the reality is that if you run for a long enough period of time, then the possibility of injury does increase.  Of course, you can prevent many of the running injuries from happening by having good form and running with good shoes.  And, even if you do get injured, at least you will have benefited from being more healthy over the long term.  I would rather be a runner while enjoying the benefits of running, even if it means getting injured from time to time, than sitting on the couch and being unfit, but rarely injured.

  • Unsure where to start – Maybe the reason that you are unable to get started running is that you just do not have a clue where to start.  Well, if this is you, you are obviously doing what it takes to address this stopping point. You should continue to learn about running from blogs like this one asa well as other running blogs and podcasts.  There are also running books and magazines that will help educate you as well.  Talk to your friends that are runners, and ask them if they are willing to give you a few pointers.  Maybe they would run with you, and be an accountability partner as well.
  • Do not have a plan – I know I have mentioned this issue more than one time here, but not having a plan is a sure way to fade out as a runner.  Come up with a simple running schedule and go do it.
  • Cannot find time to run – We all live busy lives, and I know fitting in a run can be hard at times.  But even three times a week for thirty minutes watch run should not be too difficult for even the busiest executive.  If the president of our great country has time to exercise during the week, I think you can make an hour or two to do it as well.  After all, there are 168 hours in the week.  Don’t you think you can spend two of them to maintain your body?
  • It is Too Hard to Run – The fact is that running can be hard work.  If it were easy everyone would do it, right?  But, it also has many benefits that make it well worth the effort.  the good thing to remember is that you do not have to run a marathon the first time out.  You can start slowly and build up a little bit at a time. Just take it slow, and make a little bit of improvement each time you go out.
  • Fear of success – You may be someone who is actually afraid that you will encounter too much success, and you will not know how to deal with that success when you do achieve it.  Maybe you are scared that if lose 15 pounds men will look at you differently?  Do not be afraid of success, but rather embrace it. You are probably uncomfortable with the changes  that success brings, and this will be one way to learn to embrace change and success.

Whatever the thing is that is holding you back, I am sure that you can overcome it.  Hopefully one of these points will give you some idea of how to do just that, so that you can be a successful runner.
What do you think?
What do you think is the biggest thing that is holding you back from being a runner, or being more successful as a runner?

Also, what will you do to overcome that obstacle?

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