Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Feeling Like a Beginner Again

Lately, I have been feeling like a beginner again with my running. I think this tends to happen now and then after races during that in-between period.  I'm not training for my next race quite yet, but I'm still running to keep my endurance up.  I have been getting this feeling a lot lately with running. I'm not a marathon runner, I don't even have a super fast 5k (something I'm working on) and even though I've been doing this for 2/3 of my life, I still feel like a beginner at it. Usually, this thought or feeling makes me a little self-conscious or inadequate in (especially as I blog about running and other things that I still feel like a beginner at--motherhood). 

It's not that I'm not seeing improvements right now or that I'm discouraged about how my running is going because I'm not, it's going pretty well. I'm healthy and running what I want to run at the moment. Some days I just wonder how I've been doing this for so long when I am still learning so much about my self and my running. But feeling like a beginner again isn't a bad thing. When you're a beginner at something, you're moldable and ready for change. 

Having a beginner mindset means that you're willing to accept the mistakes you make and learn from them instead of blaming it on something that you don't have control over. Like the weather or the time of day or the location etc. Making mistakes is a part of the journey and if we didn't make them, we would never grow. When you're new at running (or at anything else) you have the tendency to say "I had a bad race. Next time I'm going to prepare differently... Next time I'll learn from this and come back better."

Being a beginner means you are willing to take someone else's word for it once in a while or look for new avenues to try. Sometimes you get stuck in a routine that may not really be working for you but you don't know what else to do. Or you can't figure out why you're not improving or what you could be doing better. When we have the mindset that we know everything because we've been doing something for so long, we close the door to improvement for ourselves because we aren't willing to take someone else's advice or try something new.  When you're new at something, you're usually looking for a way to learn more and to improve in your new hobby.  

Being a beginner runner means you're more humble and open to all the different options for training. 
While I'm not a new runner, I embrace the times that I feel like I'm a beginner because I like the mindset as a newer runner. It helps keep you humble and it helps you be more flexible in your running abilities. Being a beginner may not last forever, but sometimes the feeling of being a beginner--the mindset of a beginner, is better than someone who feels like they have learned everything there is to know about something. It's that humbling moment of a hard run, a slow (for you) race, someone who has a faster time running with you, those things that keep us grounded and help us remember that there's always room for learning and improvement. 

What is something you've been doing a while but still feel like a beginner at?

What makes you feel like a newbie again?


  1. Running takes a minute to learn and a lifetime to master. Beginner's Club for life!

    1. So so true. There's always something to work on and always something to learn :)