In today’s podcast, I answer a listener question from the RunBuzz Facebook group. Our member is struggling with feeling self conscious when she runs.
Hi Steve,I have 2 running related challenges that are related and are tied for the #1 spot. I am roughly 80-100 pounds overweight. I joined a boot camp fitness group at the beginning of the year. It’s a great group of supportive people who are in all different stages of fitness. Most have struggled or are struggling with weight. There are spin off groups to the boot camps, one being running clubs.I joined a running club mostly because I like the health benefits of running and secondarily because I don’t like running, but I want to love it. Someday.My first running challenge is that I’m too self-conscious when I run alone – not so in the club, only when I’m alone. And I want to run when I am not in the group, too, but I’m just about too embarrassed to do it.My related challenge to that is that I am so slow and the interval training is so hard that a small part of me wants to give in. I guess I’m angry and frustrated with myself that I allowed myself to get so out of shape that even running continuously for 2 minutes and 30 seconds is tough.I am running in the Princess Half-Marathon at Disney in February, but it seems so daunting right now I wonder how I’m going to get from here to there.I’m not giving up. The mental part is so much of my barrier right now that it’s interfering with the physical part.How do I overcome these roadblocks???
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