One of the biggest challenges for runners (beginner or experienced) is getting or staying motivated to train. This can be a particularly big obstacle for runners when the right frame of mind is needed to patiently deal with rehab after an injury. The author of the following (linked) article discusses proven strategies to develop mental toughness and mental training activities that will help you overcome both of these common obstacles.
As a coach and marathoner, myself, we love to speak about the importance of patience, focus and determination as traits that are developed and practiced while we train and run long distances. These virtues not only help us to achieve our athletic goals, but also with everyday challenges in life. When we commit to training over a long period, after setting realistic goals and developing a plan to achieve them, we gain confidence and maintain motivation.
The author reveals the results of accumulating miles week after week during your training and also the benefits of rest and recovery for your confidence.
However, the easy part of training is when things are going well and you can see/feel improvement. It’s when you have to deal with pain, fatigue or even more serious complications where the concept of “mind over matter” comes into play.
The health benefits from exercise are well know, but to consistently train (which is absolutely necessary to finish a marathon) all runners should employ some mental training strategies to stay motivated. Treating exercise as a habit, almost like eating and sleeping should be the goal. The author discusses her thoughts to maintain a positive mindset, even if you aren’t training for a race or your rehabbing from a injury.
I like the strategies of using running groups & the services of an online coach as a means of support. Runners are now able to train better and with peer support. More details are discussed in this recent article.