During last Sunday’s #runchat on Twitter, I found many that many runners have trouble getting into the correct mindset during their training or even before a race. The question read, “What would you say is your biggest weakness as a runner now? How are you pushing through it to get better?”
Finish First Sports states that, “Mental preparation is the key to preparing or unlocking the mind to achieve success.” One solution in particular that has helped me have a healthy mind: Visualize yourself dominating a race from start to finish 2-3 days per week for 15-30 minutes during training. Analyze every scenario you may face during an event. That way when a situation arises, you will have the tools to dominate a potential setback. After these exercises, I feel as if I can conquer any race at any moment in time. Negative thoughts never creep into my head on race day, because I shut them down months before it even starts.
While competing in any long distance race, the mind plays a vital role in the success of an athlete. If you can’t see yourself doing well or never mentally prepare, you may end up starting with a disadvantage. During the race, you may hit a point where it is difficult to put one foot in front of the other. The mind may tell you to quit, but with the proper mental preparation, it doesn’t phase you because YOU ARE A CHAMPION!! You are confident, excited, and relentless.
“It’s not the will to win that matters—everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.” – Paul “Bear” Bryant
“What the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” - Napoleon Hill
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