Coaching Yourself

Hello Little Peeps Smile How’s your day? (Side note: There is nothing cuter than calling my mom and my little bro answering and asking “Howz your day?”)

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After my boot camp class I came home craving a Lean Cuisine. Random right. Well, that’s how I roll. I bulked it up with tons of veggies because I also roll with a lot of food.IMG_0802 (800x533)

But, I needed dessert. PB&carob chips on a sandwich thin. IMG_0803 (800x533)Oh but, carob chips suck so I ended up breaking open Ben’s Cadbury egg, peeling off the chocolate and adding it to the 2nd sandwich thin. Shameless. cadbury creme egg(source)

Now that I’ve been coaching my running group for a couple of weeks I keep thinking about how I talk to them during a run versus how I talk to myself. IMG_0784 (800x600)

I try and run with different clusters of runners each time and as we pass each other I yell, “Good job!”

The thing is, I feel like when I’m dragging on my solo runs my inner coach (read: brain) tells myself, “Ugh. It’s hot. This sucks. I feel so slow…”mean sign

I would NEVER talk to my personal training clients or running group like that. I know the mental aspects can make or break a work out so it’s important to stay positive and moving forward.

I’m going to make an effort to coach myself more like I coach my team.

Instead of telling myself, “You can cut this one short.”

I’ll say, “Hang in there, you can do it!”

and when I want to say, “That girl/guy is so much faster than you…”

I’ll bring myself back to my run with, “Make this a good run!”

What positive things do you (or should you) tell yourself during a run?


  1. says

    I LOVE the new header! I usually read RER in GoogleReader so I hadn’t seen it yet, but it looks awesome. When I’m having a tough run, I always say to myself, “Come on, Gavi! YOU CAN DO IT!” (in all caps…just like that…). I also rap the lyrics to the song from “8 Mile.” For some reason that makes me feel badass and strong.

  2. says

    i have to remind myself that i’m just as good as the next person. we all start somewhere, everybody has rough days, and as you said, if i would NEVER speak to others as i speak to myself, and i don’t deserve that!

  3. Amanda says

    I love the new header!!!!!

    I went running outside for the first time since november the other day….. it was tough. Maybe a more positive mindset would’ve helped….

  4. says

    I was thinking the same thing while I was running the other day; I would NEVER say the things I think to myself while I am running out loud to another person! We all need to be more gentle with ourselves :)

  5. says

    i think it’s cute having a younger brother to talk to as well. He makes my day when we talk.

    I love the coaching yourself like you coach your team. That is awesome!

  6. says

    I love this – I realize that I say things to myself when running (and in life) that I’d never say to anyone else! Totally something I’m working on – and coaching has helped me to realize that as well!

  7. says

    We are always so much harder on ourselves than we are on the people we coach. It’s so true but a great idea to start coaching ourselves they way we would others. Love this!

  8. says

    I like to tell myself that I look sexy, even if my hair is a frizzy mane around my face, my face is red like a tomato, my arms are slightly flailing because I’m exhausted, and i have sweat stains in the least flattering places.

  9. says

    Love the new blog look!

    Yes, I agree that it’s much easier to cheer for others than to cheer for yourself. I’m working on that too! If I need to pick up the pace, I try to imagine myself running the best race of my life, and I’ll imagine people are watching and cheering me from the sides.

    As for running mantras, I often use Emeril’s saying, let’s “kick it up a notch.”

  10. says

    I feel that way at work all the time (I’m a high school teacher). I guess it means we’re nice :) Speaking of nice, I’m loving the blog’s new look!

  11. says

    This was a realization I had when I first started training clients myself too. Also, one thing I tell myself a lot when things get tough is “I’m doing this because it’s FUN! This is supposed to be fun, remember Cat?” And it kind of makes me giggle, which makes me smile, which makes it fun, which makes all the negativity go away. Okay, most of the time anyway!

  12. Glenn Jones says

    “There’s a cold one in the fridge at home with your name on it.” usually comes into my head about a mile from the finish…

  13. says

    My last run was a complete fail. I let my mind get the best of me.. I didn’t have any energy, and my legs felt tight. I kept trying to tell myself that I could beat it, but it beat me. I think I just need to keep telling myself that it’s just a block I can pass. That I can run. That it will feel better.

  14. says

    I’ve been reading your blog this past week and I totally thought about this post while I was on my long run yesterday! I started feeling crabby and not wanting to run and I was negative talking the whole first half until I remembered what you said about positive coaching yourself! Even though I still didn’t feel like running it was way more enjoyable when I was being nice to and encouraging myself :) Thanks!

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