You're a busy person. You have enough to think about. So you can forget these 10 worries once and for all.
"I don't have time to squeeze in a run today."
As little as 10 minutes a day of continuous running can boost both your fitness and your mood.
"I might have to pee during the race."
Think you'll be the first? Any time a group of hydrated, nervous people gather, nature will call. It's a fact of life. Be discreet and no one will notice your pit stop.
"I'm eating the wrong food before my race."
If it works for you, there's no such thing as the wrong food.
"I'm breathing wrong."
Lots of runners believe there's a right way and a wrong way to breathe, but that's just a Iot of hot air. Just do what comes naturally to you.
"Running will make me too tired for sex."
If this is true, you're running too much. Moderate running - and you have to be the judge of what 'moderate' means - keeps you fit, energised and de-stressed, all of which can improve your sex life rather than ruin it.
"I look slow."
Slower than whom? The majority of the population who don't exercise at all? The 95 per cent who couldn't run a mile without stopping? As a slow runner, you're still the cream of the crop.
"I sweat too much."
Women sometimes worry about this more than men, because they think it's unfeminine to sweat. It's not. A fit woman is an attractive, confident woman. And to get fit, you have to sweat.
"I missed two days of running, so I'm out of shape."
Missing up to a week of running won't diminish your fitness. Cross-train vigorously once or twice during that period, and you may even improve your conditioning.
"I didn't cover the distance I'd set out to run."
Some days you're just not going to feel good on the run, if you're 10 minutes into it and it's going badly, be flexible enough to cut the run short, or simply walk for a while.
"I won't be able to sleep the night before my race."
Well, maybe not, but it won't matter. Concentrate on sleeping well two nights before your race, and you'll be okay. That's the night that counts.