As we start to increase in mileage, some runners start to experience difficulty in keeping motivated and keeping on track mentally. Here are some tips to help with that issue:
1. Think positive.
Your mind believes what you tell it. So why not fill it up with positive thoughts about your running. Positive thoughts lead to positive results. This is especially important on race day. If you stand at the starting line telling yourself that you feel good and are ready to run well, more than likely, you will run well. The same goes for longer workouts, if you tell yourself you will do well during this longer run, you most likely will.
2. Believe in yourself.
If you train hard and get yourself into good shape, your body will be capable of running to it's potential. Believe in what you have accomplished so far and what you are capable of, and you will see good results. Many of you have stepped up to training for a 10K from a 5K program and that's fantastic !! Tell yourself what you are capable of doing, believe in it and then go out and do it !!
Imagine what it would look like, feel like and sound like to run comfortably relaxed and in total control. Finishing your run with a personal best (which many of you are doing every week as we increase the mileage !!) and feeling refreshed and good about it.
4. Fantasize on the run.
Go out on your next run and find yourself running the perfect race and finishing in a personal best time. Or running in the Olympics and finding yourself fighting for a top three finish. Fantasizing during a run has several benefits. First, you are giving your mind positive thoughts of feeling good and running within or beyond yourself. Second, you are distracting your mind from rigors of running. You may be feeling tired from the run, but your mind is fantasizing running so well that it ignores your negative thoughts. Finally, you are giving yourself a moment in time that feels so good that you will work even harder to make your fantasy come true.
The more you think positive, the more you believe in yourself, the more you imagine, and the more you fantasize, the more your mind will accept what you are giving it and make running as you want to run, more obtainable.
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