There comes that time in your marathon training program when you begin to doubt yourself.
All sorts of negative thoughts begin to come to mind. There are only a few weeks left and you are getting tired. You just want to run for fun again. Set out on a run for how ever many miles you want, at whatever pace you want, and without looking at any schedule or required weekly miles.
Oh let me run for fun again!
What kind of self talk can you do to push through this tough time in your training?
First, you need to get some motivational messages written down to keep yourself going. For example:
"This is such a short time in the rest of my life, I can do this". "I'm strong. I'm powerful. I'm healthy. I'm a marathon runner". "I made it to the start, I'll make it to the finish".
Second, you need to trust in your training. You put in the miles, you're ready. Go for it. Just do it.
Fourth, drive the marathon course. Become familiar with the course you will run. As suggested in number three, read about the course. You may even be able to find a video that takes you along the course route.
Fifth, be calm. You're getting tired. You're still training to the max. Once you hit the taper phase, in that last week, your legs will have renewed energy.
Sixth, make a race week plan, most importantly, the last couple of days and day of your race. Plan out your exercise, your eating, your race clothes. Make sure you know what you need before, during and after the race by way of nutrition, clothing, and gear. There are sites that will offer a check list for marathon race day. Down load it and go through it. Suggestion: http://www.therunnersguide.com/checklist/
Keep calm. Keep it fun. Run so you want to run again. Don't be cruel to yourself. Run on friend and enjoy!
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