This week I made a return to Ashton Court Parkrun after a few weeks of feeling sluggish in the gym. After the last visit where I ran faster than I had planned to I went into this run hoping to beat my time. I ended up getting my latest PB. I will discuss the run in a separate blog shortly.
What I wanted to speak about was ‘self talk’. When I go on longer runs I often try to distract myself with certain questions, thoughts or continuous mile split calculations. I find this helps distract from the pain and boredom that can sometimes appear. This week as I was running the first half of my 5K I had to use it for different reasons.
Normally I like to push on towards the person in front of me and work hard to not let people go past me. However, I found myself trying to to use self talk to keep me focused on the end goal. As a couple of people started to gain on my shoulder I had to say to myself ‘do not worry about them. I am not racing them. Keep my pace and we will push it near the end. Keep working for a good time, not a position’.
I cannot remember so vividly a time when I have thought like this and told myself these things. Perhaps this is something I need to do more often when running at a good effort level to not go too hard too soon.
If you haven’t got anything that you normally say to yourself the. I would suggest trying to think of something positive. It really helped me so I would recommend it.
Does anyone use self talk in a similar way? Do you have any mantras for when you run? I would love to hear some.