One reason why many aspiring runners never actualise their running goals is they set themselves unrealistic running goals. Saying I want to finish a 42K marathon in under 3 hours when you have never finished a marathon before is setting yourself up for disappointment.
Set small goals that are concrete, attainable, realistic.
Decide to go three miles, regardless how many times you walk, how many you run. Or go out for 15 minutes. Or set one lap around the block as your starting goal.
Set a Time Limit
Set dates for achieving your running goals. Do your first 5K in six months; your first marathon next year. This will prevent you from the curse of procrastination.
Set an Incentive
Make running a means to a higher purpose. Is it losing weight? Fitting into your wedding dress? Running a Full Under 4 hours? Set a goal, and suddenly you have incentive.
Your stomach gets cold when you work out because you are burning calories/losing weight. The fats and carbohydrates get digested much quicker and the blood begins to rush to other organs at a faster rate. Fermetation then kicks in and replaces the oxygen being lost from your blood going elsewhere in your body with lactic acid. The lactic acid will cause both a buring in you abdominales along with a colder feeling on the surface of you stomach.
Just before 2010 NYC Triathlon, CNN Dr Sanjay Gupta gave an interview about how he had prepared for the triathlon. In that interview the Doctor made some interesting comments on why running alone may not help someone to lose weight.
I’ve been a runner for a long time, for over 20 years. If changing your body shape or dropping some pounds is one of your goals, simply doing something like running every day and not really changing anything else about your life is probably not going to make much of a difference – it’s offset by eating a bowl of ice cream. During this training I’ve probably lost 20 pounds – with running alone I never got those results. I’m a big fan of running, but if you’re trying to change your body in a significant way, I think you need to add other sports.