Building Confidence

As most of you know, I’ve spent the past couple of months training for my next big challenge: running my first ultramarathon at the North Face DC Endurance Challenge 50K in April. I’m about halfway through training right now, and there’s still a lot ahead of me. There are definitely a lot of physical gains to be had during training. But a big part of the training is also mental, and it’s just as important to build up your confidence during this process.

The cornerstone, and biggest confidence booster, of most long distance training plans is the long run. It’s the workout each week (or two workouts, in the case of a back to back weekend) where you push yourself further, increase your endurance, and become stronger. There are a lot of physiological benefits to these runs, but there are also mental gains to be had. There’s a big difference between finishing a long run feeling horrible versus finishing feeling good. If you can set yourself up to finish feeling good, I think it has a profound effect on your overall strength as a distance runner. It’s a huge confidence boost, which is important.

There are both physical and mental aspects to confidence. When you toe the start line on race day, you may be physically confident based on your training. But you also have to feel mentally confident about the task at hand. All that work you did during training helps prepare you for that. At some point, it’s going to get tough on race day. Looking back on your accomplishments during training can be one implement in your toolbox to help keep you mentally strong.

Confidence

I think that some types of confidence are in our nature – either you’re born with it or not. But others come from putting in the work to know that you can realize your dreams. You train for confidence. Trust in your training, and prove to yourself that your goals are achievable.

Today’s post is part of Debbie’s Wednesday Word link up. Each week she provides us with a word prompt and this week’s word, of course, is confident. This link up is great, and it definitely gets me writing about things I probably wouldn’t otherwise think to write about. Be sure to click on the button below to join in and see who else is linking up today!

Deb Runs

How do you build your confidence when facing a challenge?

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  1. I definitely was not born with confidence. But the one thing I learned as a child and playing the piano for many years is that practice makes “perfect”. To be good at something, you really have to work at it. And even at 53, working on confidence never ends!
    Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home recently posted…Confidence: The Best Benefit of RunningMy Profile

  2. I am training for my first marathon and those long runs DEFINITELY build confidence.

  3. You have always been willing to put in the work to achieve your goals, and that in itself builds confidence.

    Train on.

    LUD,

  4. I had not thought about confidence as being part of the mental training that goes into a long race, but of course it is! I have great confidence that you will do fabulously with this challenge.

  5. I think you’re right, you’re either born with confidence or not. But I think it can be learned too! Especially with running. After your body has proved itself to you several times, you start to learn that you CAN do the harder runs and the longer runs.
    Alison recently posted…Wednesday WordMy Profile

  6. 50k….AMAZING!!!! One has to have great confidence to acomplishg that and I know you will ROCK it!!

    When facing a challenge, I face it head on with a set plan of action!

  7. “come from putting in the work to know that you can realize your dreams. You train for confidence. Trust in your training, and prove to yourself that your goals are achievable.”

    So well written! Yes, that is one of the gifts running gives me. Some runs are such confidence boosters!
    Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy recently posted…Confident: sometimes you need to just do itMy Profile

  8. Good point about either being born with confidence or not. I think first borns are probably more confident, but that doesn’t fit with me since I’m the youngest, yet pretty confident.

    Thanks for linking up!
    Debbie @ Deb Runs recently posted…Is It Bedtime Yet?My Profile

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