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Mental Strength in running with simple tricks

22 Apr, 2019 • by Admin

What I struggle the most as of right now is the constant reminder of how many miles I have left on my watch while I’m running.

“It all starts in your mind” – We all heard this phrase before. But have you ever thought about how much your mind really affects your running performance? Marathoners know the mental strength in running. There is no such thing than a great mindset. Heading to a race with all positive thoughts means you’re half way through the race. It’s that simple.

I’m a strong believer of the fact that when you want to accomplish something and you truly believe in yourself, you’ll make it eventually. But how do you train your mind as a runner?

Train 13.1 on treadmill

Believe it or not, but I run half marathons on treadmills every now and then. It sounds horrible and boring (and yes that’s exactly what it is), but it’s such a great help to strengthen your mind while you’re training for a long distance race.

Running for hours can get extremely boring if you don’t know what to do with yourself. Running long on a treadmill teaches you to stay mentally occupied. It builds confidence for future long runs outside. Like “Hey I ran the same distance on a treadmill, no way I’m getting bored here right now. Let’s focus on my surroundings and enjoy this run”.

Fix your own insecurities

Talking about confidence: Another great way to train a strong mind is to actually build confidence. I know this is easier said than done especially when you’re not the most confident person in the first place. But think about your own success stories. Races you crushed, personal bests you ran. Isn’t that something you can be proud of? It totally is. Whatever your story is, your transformation and journey, you have a million reasons to be amazed by yourself.

Now picture yourself struggling in a race or during a training run. Focus on your own accomplishments. Use this energy and emotions that come with it to get back on track in that moment.

Simple tricks

What I struggle the most as of right now is the constant reminder of how many miles I have left on my watch while I’m running.

It’s a bad habit of knowing and remembering every single part of my running route. Switching things up is the easiest way to stop this, but it won’t serve the purpose of building a stronger mind. If you actually want to work on your mindset and be stronger than your well working memory just start to distract yourself when your mind starts playing with you again.

Look around you. Watch the people. Enjoy the city, the sunrise, an amazing sunset or the beautiful nature. There is so much to explore while running, but most of the times we torture ourselves by constantly checking the time, pace or distance that we completely forget how blessed we are to be able to experience the moment of the run.

Fix your attitude

Also learn to look at your watch with a positive attitude. Let’s say you have 6 miles on your schedule for the day and you’re looking at your watch at mile 2. Tell yourself it’s only 4 more miles to go not “Oh my good I only been running for two miles – this is awful”. A positive attitude fixes the fact that your mind wants to mess with you again.

Especially during your long run which sure can become boring after a while this positive attitude make you enjoy the run so much more. While running a race this trick will push you through much easier as well. “I’m half way there. Only 3 miles to the finish.” … And so on. Try it. You’ll be surprised.

Of course training your mind takes time and it won’t happen overnight. I encourage you to focus on mental training as much as your regular running training. Without a strong mind you won’t be able to give your best.

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