One thing I’ve found over the past few years is that there is plenty of information about preparing your body to run a half-marathon or marathon.
There are daily training plans that include scheduled runs, such as distance, pace, amount of effort and more.
The tricky part about running a marathon is that the challenge is mental as much as it is physical. Preparing your mind for the challenge is as big, if not bigger, than the physical preparation.
There’s less information out there about training your mind for a marathon. Many are so focused on the physical training, they forget about the mental aspect.
The trouble with training for a marathon is that it’s almost impossible to replicate the physical and mental toll you will face. With two under my belt, I have a good idea what to expect.
So as I head into my third marathon on June 1, I have some ideas how I can be better mentally prepared this time around. Here’s how:
These concepts, of course, can be used no matter your fitness plan or goals. Have a plan, be happy, visualize success. This can be used whether you’re running a marathon, 5K or are doing cross-fit or aerobics.
Being physically and mentally fit come hand in hand. Keep working toward your goal and you will get there.