Marathon training: More mental than physical
By arungupta on Aug 16, 2006
I love running and have been self motivated so far. I found a running buddy few weeks ago but that's only 2-3 days a week. Mostly it's me running alone on rest of the days and all my long runs, for instance, are alone only. I have approx 8 more weeks of intense training and then the taper down starts. Having run slightly over 400 miles in past 11 weeks, I'm hoping to stay motivated all through out.
This article (Getting the MOST Out of Training) accurately summarizes the importance of mental training for a race. Here is a great quote from the article:
"Far too often runners look at mental and physical training separately and this disconnect is usually most evident during training."
Here are some other articles on staying motivated through the training:
- Marathon Motivation (poem)
- 25 reasons to run
- Running motivation tips and techniques - Great quote from the article "Seek motivation first and the desire to run, and run successfully, will surely follow."
- 10 Guaranteed Ways To Burst With Motivation
- Psychology - 4Cs (Concentration, Confidence, Control and Commitment)
George W Bush is the only president to have run a marathon. He completed 1993 Houston Marathon in 3:44:52 for a pace of about 8:36/mile. Now that's another source of inspiration for some