It’s a common reflex for runners to beat themselves up if they don’t reach their goals. But no one is perfect. Skipping a workout or missing out on a PR doesn’t make you any less of a runner. It’s important to be patient and give yourself grace as you pursue this new and exciting habit.
Instead of getting caught up in self-criticism and judgment, use these opportunities to practice self-compassion. Rather than thinking about what you could or should have done differently, think about how you’ll overcome these challenges in the future. And don’t forget to be proud of your efforts so far.