THE JOY OF FLEX

Runner's World (UK) - - Warm-ups -

Got a new run­ning goal in mind? ‘It’s great to have a goal and a pro­gramme,’ says men­tal-per­for­mance coach Midgie Thomp­son, author of the Win­ning Strate­gies Work­book (Gabrielle Lea Pub­lish­ing). ‘But there’s a tip­ping point be­tween com­mit­ment and ob­ses­sive­ness. Some­times, pur­su­ing your goal will put you in con­flict with other things, such as spend­ing time with your fam­ily or safe­guard­ing your health.’ So how do you know when to do, ditch or de­fer?

PUT IT IN CON­TEXT

‘Ask your­self where pur­suit of your goal ranks among your val­ues,’ says Thomp­son. ‘If you’re clear on what’s im­por­tant to you, it’s eas­ier to make a de­ci­sion when it comes to the crunch.’

PRESS FAST FOR­WARD

Imag­ine your­self in the fu­ture. ‘What will the con­se­quences be if you run and if you do not run? In each case, how will you feel?’ asks Thomp­son.

USE YOUR EX­PE­RI­ENCE

Think of an oc­ca­sion when you faced a sim­i­lar tricky de­ci­sion. What did you do that time, and did you make the right call?

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