I didn’t join cross country until my junior year and the lack of experience caused me to be self-conscious and lack motivation. I was slower than everyone else and believed I was a bad runner when in reality I was just an inexperienced one. Over this past year, I have learned a few things to keep me motivated even when I am not feeling like my best self.
The first thing is don’t compare yourself to other runners. I know this is easier said than done but trust me it helps a lot. Nothing good ever comes out of this. You should strive to be a better version of yourself instead.
Set goals for yourself and create a plan to reach those goals. Whether it be P.R-ing in distance or time when you reach your goals it will make you feel so much better and make you want to run more so you can do more.
Finally, have a positive attitude. Running is what you make it. If you go into a run with a negative mindset it’s not going to be a good run. However, if you go into a run with a positive mindset it will be much more enjoyable.
After learning and practicing these things, Cross Country has been a much more positive experience in my life and I am glad that I joined.