You control your mind, your mind does not control you. Think positive thoughts. This may be challenging at first. Negative self-talk has been known to creep in to all runners. “It’s too early,” I’m too tired,” “I don’t have the time,” “I’m not a fast as them”, etc. Avoid thoughts about work or any stressors. This is a good time to call on your mantra and other positive self talk. Use upbeat mood music to get you going. Start the play-list as early as getting up out of bed and lacing up your shoes! Visualize yourself succeeding. What is your goal? Finishing a race? Losing weight? Improving your personal record? What will that look like, feel like? Imagine yourself already there!
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