Log in
Couch to 5K
81,716 members113,012 posts

Why so nervous before each run?

I feel so nervous about going out on my training runs it is getting rediculous. What am I scared of, well can I do the 5k route? Or will I find it tough or ok? Now my c25k is over will I keep it going?

Anyone else feel this was or am I the only fruitcake on here?

11 Replies
oldestnewest

Oh thank the Lord, its not just me!

3 likes
Reply

No, even now I still wake up sometimes and worry that I've forgotten how to run!

As soon as I put the kit on and take those first few steps that all melts away though.

We are weird aren't we - this running is such a mental thing!

2 likes
Reply

Negative thinking and anxiety can be such a habit, can't it :) You are not your thoughts, no more than we are anything that we do at night when we are dreaming. Just choose to run...and run :)

3 likes
Reply

I think of it more like.. eager nervous anticipation..like Christmas morning.. I get excited and have tummy butterflies :) Maybe think nice nervous, instead of nasty nervous:)

Thing is.. you can always go really slowly and if needs be stop! :)

1 like
Reply

I like the idea of eager nervousness. I do have low confidence and some anxieties which i hoped running would improve. So you are right, that I also feel better once dressed for the occasion! I went out this morning with hubs and we did 5k in 31.12min which is my fastest but it was hard work. I have just completed c25k but he is ex army with 22 yrs running etc. He makes me feel very inadequate as he stops for me to catch up.......another thread needed on running partners lol.

Reply

But that's an excellent time for a new graduate! you should be proud!

1 like
Reply

Thank you, I have been trying so hard to get pace and distance during the last 9 weeks.

Reply

Nope, I'm like that too.

This morning was my first post-graduation run and it felt quite different. A bit like that first drive by yourself after you've passed your driving test!

I had lovely music, quiet roads and a long sleeve top because it was cold but still my gremlins were with me. 'You're going too fast', 'you're going to slow',' you need a wee', 'you'll trip over',' what happens if you trip over into the traffic', 'traffic's very heavy, you should be running this bit in the other direction'. You name it, they had an opinion on it.

Happily though, amongst others, Taylor Swift was Shaking It Out, The Eagles wanted me to Take It Easy and Olly Murs wanted to Dance with Me so I didn't take much notice of the gremlins.

Will they give up and go away in the end?

4 likes
Reply

I'm no fruitcake ! But I do think I am stark raving bonkers sometimes ! I regularly run between 5K and 6K now but do sometimes as others have said especially in first few minutes as my body says to me "what's going on I was on the couch this time yesterday".

But then fades away as I get into sort of daydream and rhythm. Even if you only do a practice run where you don't even go as far as planned it's all preparation for the next run.

I could not give it up because I am reminded of all the benefits in health and well being and sense of achievement I get from my running.

I am doing more running on roads and lakes which are more populated than my quite lake I used to run and it passes my mind sometimes imagine what others are thinking "look at that silly old sod running" . They probably are not but imagination can run away with you.

But now it doesn't bother me. I'm not sure if we are winning but I do see more people out and about running than I used to .

Well done for getting out there every run is progress !

2 likes
Reply

I think the only thing that worries me is the people that I'll bump into - am a bit of an introvert -I live in a small place and know most folks who wave madly or smile or both! But those who I don't know unnerves me a bit. That said,smile - it confuses people! :) They don't expect it from me!

2 likes
Reply

I still get it sometimes, when I am going further or trying to go faster. To me its nervous excitement and I now really like the feeling. Its that child-like feeling you get from the unknown, for me it reminds me no matter how old I get life can still be new and exciting if I'm brave enough to give it a go,the difference between now and before graduation is if it doesn't go to plan its a sit down work out what to do different next time rather than feeling like I failed. Embrace it I say😀

2 likes
Reply

You may also like...