Hello 😀 😀
-I have not run a marathon YET… I will in 13 weeks. And I am scared, anxious, afraid… but also excited and looking forward to it. All the things I am writing here is just what I do to get through, is tips and hacks and advice that might help fellow marathoners-to-be who are at the same boat with me. As for all of you my fellow marathoners ANY advice, anything you might want to add to share the wisdom you’ve gain through that 26.2 miles…is more than welcome 🙂 –
As my coach always says: “Visualise! If you can see it, think of it and dream it then you have already done it!”
So we all know that “mental training” is just as important as physical training when it comes to running a marathon. But it is quite hard to do – getting sucked into training runs, tempo runs, speed work…Numbers, numbers, numbers… How long did I run for? How fast did I go? Is that enough? These are only a few of the questions we ask ourselves after (or during) EVERY training run.
But sometimes, dropping it down a notch is what our mind needs! Our minds need as much (if not more) training as our bodies. Because as most of very successful runners have said in the past, a marathon is the last 10km of the distance. Then and there, when your physical reserves are depleted and your MENTAL strength and training has to kick in to to keep you going…
- This is what my coach told me when I asked how.SET YOUR GOAL AND SEE IT EVERY DAY… THIS IS WHEN YOU’LL NEVER FEEL TIRED.
- Study the route.Find a video of the route or even better visit a part or all of it if you are local. Know what’s ahead and leave NO room for surprises. There is nothing worse (I know from my last half) thinking you are almost there and then wondering where the heck did this 1km steep uphill came from during your last few miles.
Visualise yourself crossing the finish line! It means you believe in YOU
- Find what motivates you 🙂 Is it a quote? A picture? A person? Display it somewhere where you can see it and be reminded of it constantly! For me is a little bracelet with out team’s moto on it! NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE! Given to me by my coach.
- Cross-train. Not only for the physical benefits of it but to also give your brain a rest from running. To get the chance to do something else you love and to avoid a mental burnt out.
So these are my hacks whenever things get tough during my training cycle!
What do you guys do to mentally prep for your race?