Thursday, September 6, 2012

EricG's Running Tips #35 Getting Back On The Horse

It has been days, weeks, months or even years since you last ran, rode, swam, practiced or worked out in any fashion. I don't know what it is that makes it so tough to get back on that horse and we all know how hard it can be sometimes not to get thrown.  There are a number of things we can do to get over that initial mental hurdle and stick with it.
  1. Don't dwell on the past. What you did or rather did not do is over and there is nothing you can do about it so stop beating yourself up.
  2. Focus on what you are going to do tomorrow. Commit to it, do it and be positive about your effort no matter how tough it is getting through those first few work outs. 
  3. Set a long term goal with lots of smaller goals to get you there. If you want to run a 5k or even a marathon that's great but break it down into smaller short term goals to get you there. Yes a schedule.
  4. Setting challenging yet attainable short term goals with an eye on the bigger goal will give you something positive to look back on and feed off of going forward. 
  5. If you hit a bump in the road along the way forget it and move on. Shit happens
  6. Most importantly commit to yourself that you will do what you say you will do. Each time you come through for yourself it will make it that much easier the next time because you know you can do it. Success breeds success as the saying goes.
I am a firm believer in setting numerous short term goals with an eye on a bigger prize. I use this to get me through my training all the time. If I look too far ahead it can be overwhelming and feel like the mountain is way too big to climb.  I hope you find success in whatever methods you use to stay on that horse.

Peace and Have A Great Day!


  1. great topic...great ideas. Am I ready for another goal? Not sure yet, but will be soon one way or another.

    1. Thanks Will, No doubt you will be writing about your next adventure soon.


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