Those who prefer a sport for their fitness and health needs often look at runners in the wonder of how they manage to stay focused in monotony. The truth is that when you look at running a marathon, it requires a unique mindset. A mind that tells the runner to keep pushing on despite pain or tiredness. Yes, running a marathon requires mental strength which doesn’t fade quickly. Most often, runners can translate the same mindset into their strong personalities outside of the marathon as well. The feeling of being able to achieve anything if they can complete a strenuous physically draining, mentally exhausting and psychologically challenging run, makes marathon believers that they can achieve anything else in life. To be able to succeed in running, a beginner will need to master some of the techniques accomplished runners use to get to their all-powerful stage.
Planning and Visualization
When you look at a marathon, start visualizing how the trail will be. Imagine the things that will happen on the road and how your body will react. Visualizing and planning will help you focus on ways to overcome any obstacles that you will endure during the marathon. Imagine that you have to be faster on a particular stretch or you need to slow down on a specific stretch so that you can speed up at the next. While planning the scenarios that you will face, look at both the good as well as the bad. This visualization comes only from having completed several marathon races; therefore, use the experience to learn about how you could do better. When you apply your past experiences as visualized scenarios for your new one, you will see success.
Pain is an unavoidable byproduct of any strenuous activity. However, how you handle the pain is what will help you get through your marathon. Prepare ahead with food and healthy practices to strengthen your body to manage the pain. When the marathon day comes around, use your mind to block out any pain you are feeling. Instead, when you are in pain, you need to come up with strategies that will distract you from the pain. Once you master this, it becomes second nature to block pain effectively. Experienced runners have shown to have an extremely high tolerance for pain. Therefore, if research says you can, it’s a possibility you can explore as well.
There is a handful of methods you can use to make your mind feel less overwhelmed. It is the same as trying to sit through an entire day of boring lectures and classes. Break them down to flexible portions. It is easy to trick the mind to accomplish something when it is smaller and manageable. Tell your mind that you can slow down at the next tree you reach or break down a 10k race into manageable 2kms or 5kms in your mind. Research conducted on this theory showed that when the goals are manageable, the mind can push forward. Runners have even reported having a replenished gush of energy from reserves in their body to start the next portion of the race.