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
- Body Signals
- Defining success and failure
- Long Run Routine
- Lucky Socks
- Race Day Goals
- Feel Good Fuel
- Accepting Bad Runs
- Visualization (an updated version coming)
- Running Form
- 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.
I am grateful for vacation days
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