I'm in running mode right now with 5 weeks to go so this subject caught my attention.....
If you want to run your best, there's no way around it: you're going to hurt. Whether you're racing the Mile or the marathon, the ability to push through pain is what translates your training into a great finish. And even if you run for fitness, you'll need to keep pushing your limits to see progress as your body adapts.
While we run, the brain weighs 'perception of effort with our motivation to succeed.'
When the former outweighs the latter, we slow or stop. So we need to change our effort perception and/or boost motivation to get more from our bodies. 3 strategies to try for mental stamina:
- RECALL SACRIFICES ... Recalling all the moments you've sacrificed when you're starting to suffer may take your mind off the discomfort and boost your drive.
- GIVE THANKS ...Be grateful for your good health that allows you to be out exercising. It's even more powerful when you verbally share your gratitude with others. Thank the volunteers at the aid stations:)
- MEDITATE....Meditating for just 8 weeks can induce structural changes in the part of the brain related to self-regulation. This helps manage our response to highly emotional stimuli, such as pain. Beginners start with one minute/day & gradually increase duration, working up to 15-20 min/day or more. Consistency is more important than timing. Set a timer & focus on the sensation of breathing. -Adapted from Runner's World