Wednesday, March 02, 2011
I journal off and on about life, but my running journals have always been facts and just the facts. The when, where, how far and how fast. Recently while reading Running Within, I am beginning to focus on the mental aspect of running. In the later miles of my marathons, I begin to lose focus and the race is no longer a physical pursuit, but a mental one. I realize that to ever really succeed at longer races I need to train my mental endurance. I am now adding that information to my running log. The question remains. How do I continue to retrain my mind to the positive? How to I hold that positive mental state when I am pushing myself? How do I convince myself that I am able to do more than I think I can?
Amanda over at Runninghood opened my eyes to an entirely different type of running journal. This post in particular got me thinking. I love the creativity of adding that brain training to my journal. Increasing the positive flow so that every time I open it I remember why I run and what I want from my running. Finally, today I began my own journal. I had a Title Nine catalogue and used photos that I believed showed strength. This is not to focus on how I want to look, but how I want to be--strong and balanced. Here goes to a new adventure in running!
How do you train your brain? How do you maintain focus during long races?