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Mental Strategies for Conquering the Long Run

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Your body will not be prepared to go the distance unless it has the full support and encouragement of your mind and will. mentalstategies

Having an arsenal of mental tools is vital because the race is at least 50% physical and 50% mental.

Training the mind is vitally important and can be attained through visualizing success, affirmations, and blocking the negative.

Here are some keys to unlock your mental motivation for getting through the long runs.

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My Running Story

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This is the story about how a regular everyday mom found the discipline and determination to complete a marathon.  In the quick tip segment, I talk about how to prevent and deal with shin splints.

100_3600I never thought of myself as an athlete. 

I didn’t play team sports and was more comfortable with my nose in a book.  How did I go from an introverted teenager to a confident marathoner? 

This is my journey. . .

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How to Find the Right Mental Motivation to Run Your First Marathon

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Are you training for the right reasons?  A study by Jacob M. Havenar PhD reveals the right and wrong reasons for wanting to run a marathon.

motivationsignAccording to the study, 106 people embarked on a 20 week marathon training program for the first time.  When it was over, 31 completed the training and finished their first marathon successfully.  But 75 people dropped out before week 10 of the program.  

The difference between the finishers and the quitters was their differing mental motivational factors

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The Mystique of the Marathon

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It seems like every time you hear the news lately there is a report of a celebrity running a marathon. 

In 2009, 500,000 people ran a marathon, almost half of those were first timers.  Some famous people who have completed marathons include Lance Armstrong, (2:59:36) Will Ferrell (3:56:12), Katie Holmes (5:29:58), Oprah Winfrey (4:29:20), P. Diddy (4:14:54), Al Gore (4:58:25), Sarah Palin (3:59:36), and George W. Bush (3:44:52).

Somehow the marathon has become the new way to challenge yourself personally and change your life.   Whether you blend in with the crowd or are on the cover of magazines the marathon is an amazing achievement. 

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Why Run a Marathon?

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People decide to run marathons for many different reasons. Some people are looking for a new challenge in their life. Some people are inspired by others who have done a marathon, and think “I could do that too!” Some just want to be part of a community of long distance runners who have dare to master the 26.2 mark .  The best reason to run a marathon is because IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE!

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Mental Motivation

mentalmotivationWhy do you want to run a marathon?  Why do you want to take this challenge on now?  What is the payoff factor for you?  Each person is on an individual journey and something has brought you to the place where you want to run a marathon and change your life.  Now it is time to use your most powerful muscle to propel you forward.  YOUR MIND 

The whole purpose of the Marathon Training Academy is to empower you to run a marathon and change your life.  Think back to when you first started running…  what were those first months like?  They were tough.  Sometimes you wondered why you even pushed yourself to run at all.  But, you kept going because you found a payoff.  You probably started noticing positive physical changes like weight loss, better posture, and more energy.  You also noticed more confidence and better self-esteem from pushing yourself to do the hard thing.  Continue Reading →

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