Carrie's Countdown: Week Nine

So this summer has definitely had its share of physical roadblocks when it comes to working out or running, but some major roadblocks people including myself forget about are mental roadblocks. Your body is physically able to do amazing feats, however more often than not than not it is that little voice in your head that tells you no you can’t do this. That little voice especially post surgery has really been difficult for me to silence so naturally I wanted to figure out how to overcome these mental roadblocks. Especially for my half marathon I want to finish to the best of my ability and ignore the little voice that is telling me I can’t. Athletes especially runners are going to perform their best when their whole body from head to toe is working in sync.


There are some pretty common mental hurdles that I will discuss and then I would love to hear how you get over mental roadblocks. Negative thinking and doubt are very common mental roadblocks people come up against. The key to these is to realize you have the power to silence the negative thoughts and to go public with your doubt. Another roadblock is comparing yourself to others. Everyone is different and are in different places when it comes to running. The only person you can control is yourself and to over come this you need to focus on doing the best you can do and owning that.


One of the main roadblocks people can come against is you start your training program off strong but then within a few weeks lacing up and going for a run feels like a chore. Being excited is great however the key is to maintain that feeling and divide it throughout the plan. It is easy to lose motivation when the end goal of running a half marathon is 16 weeks or four months away. To help with this you can do things like find a race during your training plan to keep you invested. There is also no shame in bribing yourself to stay focused and motivated throughout the four months.


Another common mental roadblock is dealing with so much anxiety before the race that you can’t enjoy the race experience. This generally happens if you are too focused on time goals. If you are so fixated on time goals you can risk disappointment and not enjoy the experience. To overcome this roadblock it is important to think about all of the reasons you run such as health or a sense of accomplishment. You want to make sure your goal range is realistic. Along with realistic goal setting you can set yourself up with 3 goals: your ideal scenario, results you are happy about, and an outcome you can live with. The secret with this one is keeping your ideal goal a secret so well meaning friends and family do not add more pressure.


Another common mental roadblock is that you are locked in a training plan. A regimented running routine can be very beneficial especially if you have a fair amount of chaos in your life however you have to listen to your body and know when enough is enough. Runners tend to be harder on themselves than a coach would be so asking yourself would a coach approve may be enough to beat this block. A final roadblock is about balancing work running and friends and family which I won’t cover in this post so tune in next week to see how to overcome this J This may sound very easy and a little silly, but the best way to overcome any mental roadblock is really to believe you can do or meet whatever goal you have.


What is a mental roadblock you struggle with? How do you hurdle these roadblocks? Where are you in training? Share your story with us through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram from now until the High Bridge Half Marathon and 5k on September 6th. Connect with other runners and see where running has led them. Use the hashtag #runfarmvilledowntown to participate.

If you have any questions or want a workout buddy I will be around all summer running and working out so don’t hesitate to say hi or ask me anything. Be sure to tune in on Tuesdays for my weekly blog entry about training and anything running related!

Happy Running!