Finding the confidence to start if you're feeling anxious
If you're new to running, the thought of starting a running programme, for some people, may feel quite daunting. But remember it's perfectly normal to feel
apprehensive about heading out the door for the first time and runners of all levels experience some self doubt now and again.
Use positive self talk to silence any negative thoughts, picture yourself achieving your goals. Feel proud of yourself for embarking on a running programme,
with each workout your confidence will build. Everyone has their own personal reasons for why they want to start running. You may be wanting to lead a
healthier lifestyle, improve your fitness levels, lose weight, or improve your mental health, so focus on these positive reasons and believe in yourself.
If you happen to have any worries about being seen running, remember it's more likely that people will be impressed by your motivation, and many of them
may wish they could have the same determination. Focus on the positives that running will provide to both your physical and mental health, if you are feeling
anxious. Whilst you're still gaining confidence you could aim to go running early in the morning, late at night or drive to a quiet location.
Ensure that you wear kit that you feel comfortable in and doesn't make you feel self conscious.
Remember that the great thing about running is that it is such an inclusive sport. You only have to take a look at the brilliant parkruns that go on around
the country, to see so many runners of different abilities running together and sharing their passion whilst encouraging each other.
Your first few times out the door may feel slightly daunting, but persevere and give yourself time to gain confidence. You'll soon be wondering what you were
worried about, and your sense of achievement will outweigh any worries you had.