I’ve been training for this weekend’s marathon for three months. Some runs were good, some were bad. I skipped some because of travels. I rocked some because I felt great.
I regret that I failed to complete any legitimate speed work even though I wrote it into my plan. But what’s done is done.
The mental aspects of running a marathon are huge. I’ve heard some people say it’s just as much mental as physical and I can believe it. There are days when I go into a run knowing it’s going to be a good one – and it is. And other are other times when I am feeling negative and my run is bad because of it.
When I step outside for a long run 90% of the time I know whether it’s going to be a good or bad run within a few minutes.
I’ve been really psyching myself out these last few days. My last few long runs were slower than my goal pace. My legs have felt heavy. Overall, I just don’t feel fast – or confident.
With 4 days until the race I can’t add any runs to boost my confidence. Now it’s all about positive thoughts and good mantras. All I can do now is get my head in the race.
Run The Planet offers some positive thoughts to tell yourself during the tough parts of a run and suggests imagery too:
Examples of mental strategies during your training
Self-talk thoughts Think and say to yourself…
- "If this was easy, then everybody could complete a marathon"
- "Keep running… Maybe I will feel better when I have some drink"
- "If I quit now, I will be very disappointed in myself later this afternoon"
- "I am not really physically tired; I am more fatigued mentally"
- "Completing this important training run will give me confidence and enable me to finish the marathon comfortably"
- "In just one more hour this run will be finished and I will be in at home… showering, relaxing, eating, etc."
- Imagine that you are a world-class runner and are in the lead of the Boston or Olympic marathon.
- Imagine that your running form is smooth and graceful.
- Imagine that your a running effortlessly and very relaxed.
This morning I drank a cup of coffee to make sure it was okay in my stomach – I plan on drinking some on race day and wanted to be sure. Then, I set off on my last 6 miler before Long Beach. I wish I would have been faster, but I’ve got to talk myself up now.
Today is Waffle Wednesday. Does anyone else think Waffle Wednesday sounds like Awful Wednesday? Tragic.
Question: What do you tell yourself when you want to quit?
What do you tell yourself to get pumped up?
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