8 Tips to Overcome Embarrassment of Running in Public

5. Sign up for a race.

Signing up for a race puts a date and distance on your calendar. It helps to motivate you, and will get you past any embarrassment you may feel. It is easier to overcome embarrassment, fear or any other road blocks when you have a tangible goal.

6. Remember that the running community is very inclusive.

Every single runner on the road was once a new runner. Many of them started running much later than you realize. They remember what it felt like to be a new runner, and will have sympathy for what you are going through. It is the rare runner who does not enthusiastically support other runners, especially ones just getting started.

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7. Use mantras.

If you start to feel uncomfortable or embarrassed out on the roads, remind yourself that you're not sitting on the coach. You're running! Use simple mantras like, "I can do this" or "I'm awesome" to keep yourself moving forward. Seriously, you've got this!

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8. Run on a treadmill.

If you are really struggling with running in public, then use a treadmill in your home until you feel more comfortable. A treadmill can help you build up your endurance; this will make you feel more confident. When you transition to outside, you won't be as self-conscious.

Hopefully these tips will help you lace up your shoes and hit the pavement. Do you have any others tips to get new runners outside; please leave them in the comments section below.

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