Did you see the marathon World Record fell?!?is now the new record, which is just so inspiring. With that in mind, I want to talk about your mind! You think that we run on our legs? Well, thats part of it, but the real motor that gets us through the marathon and the training is not just our bodies.
Here are some tips for dealing with the struggles that often happen above your shoulders.
First, try to engage in positive self-talk. The body follows the mind, so if you can, stay positive and let the conversation inside your mind pick you up, rather than pull you down. Its okay to force this. Some athletes have a song lyric, or saying that they can go to when, mentally, things get tough. Find that ahead of time and use it.
Second, bring your awareness to the good, ignore the bad. Look around and find what makes you happy and focus on it. There is always something. Maybe its the pretty sky, or the other runners, or the volunteers, or people cheering. Use that to distract you, or motivate you. It's called, BEING PRESENT.
Third, set mini-goals along the way. Know in advance where friends or family will be or look forward to a certain spot on course that inspires you. Also, if you have a place that has been a challenge, focus extra hard on it and own that place so when you rock it you feel like you had a mini-victory.
Fourth, focus on all of the training you have under your belt. You can have confidence going into the race that you can do it! Confidence isn't isn't something that you have or don't have. Confidence is something that you always have, you just choose when to use it.
In training it helps to keep it fresh and fun. Try to explore new routes and run with people.
Run for your lives,