Mental Marathon Training

Mental Marathon Training is a series I started…then took a long hiatus on, but I now have my topics set and I’m ready to get rolling again!

Most marathon plans are laid out to give you a gradual progression of speed work, tempo runs and long runs that will train your body to handle the rigors of 26.2 miles. A few of the plans will also spend a little time talking about mantra’s or visualization, but I don’t think any of them really tell you how finishing a marathon is nearly 50% mental and 50% physical.

I know a lot of athletes who could run 26.2 miles, but cannot mentally make the leap. So they either never try, start a plan then quit, or commit and then find themselves in a world of anguish on race day. In all of my reading and personal experiences over the last 9 years, I have whittled it down to 10 essential Mental Marathon Training areas:

If for some reason one of the blow podcasts will not load you can access them here

  1. Body Signals

  2. Defining success and failure

  3. Long Run Routine

  4. Lucky Socks

  5. Race Day Goals

  6. Feel Good Fuel

  7. Accepting Bad Runs

  8. Visualization (an updated version coming)

  9. Running Form

  10. Overcoming Beliefs

Those episodes which have been previously recorded are linked in the list above and additional episodes are coming soon. I hope with the many races coming up that even one of these will help give you a little more pep in your step on race day. I know that a recent post by Emily about digging deep has stuck with me for weeks now and truly made a difference in my own efforts.

Happy Friday! Hope you have taken advantage of the many giveaways I have going right now…there are more coming because I’m just in the mood to give back and say thank you for being such loyal readers! See links in the right hand bar and yesterday’s post on all natural hair care.
Gratitude Journal
April 8
I am grateful for vacation dayssig
I am grateful for new running shoes
I am grateful for non-stinky running clothes
I am grateful for beach runs
I am grateful for pleasantly sore muscles


  1. Loving the giveaways and can't wait for more "episodes"

  2. I only have one marathon under my belt. The 10 things you mentioned are so right on the money. Thank you. The giveaways are awesome. Love following

  3. Yay! Looking forward to more Mental Marathoning podcasts!

  4. I'm so glad you're bringing this back! I've really enjoyed them in the past. It really is so much more mental than I would have ever imagined!

  5. Oh, and I love the new banner! It's really nice looking!

  6. I totally believe that running a marathon is half mental. But if you can get over that part the rest is totally doable. And this comes from a girl who declared she was going to run a marathon with barely having a 10k under my belt. And love the new look!

  7. The marathon is so mental. I'm more freaked out by the fact that I don't FEEL ready than by the actual number of miles run which is a little on the low side this time around. I'm hoping for a confidence boosting long run this weekend to improve my mental state. It's funny that I'm not even thinking about the miles!

  8. Anonymous2:14 PM

    We are bringing back the Marathon to The Woodlands Tx! All proceeds go to the Hall Steps Foundation, and Ryan Hall will be there!

    Check us out: https://www.facebook.com/TheWoodlandsMarathon

  9. This is a great list! Thank you for sharing!

  10. So glad you're bringing this segment back!! Marathon training has definitely been 50/50 for me. Just thinking about it brings on anxiety. But I'm ready! :)

  11. Many runners I know would put "lucky socks" at #1 or #2 on the list ;)

  12. My mental training is full force over the next few weeks as my last long runs happens. This is the toughest part of training....

  13. Yeah, that pleasantly sore muscle feeling is a good one.

  14. Glad you are starting this up again- I'll make sure my sister checks it out since she is going to be training for her first marathon soon!

  15. This is a great list and will be helpful as I train for my first half marathon

  16. I have this post saved on my computer!

  17. Great post. I am totally using this as I train for my half.


Join the conversation!