I'm looking for some mental fitness advice before my big race next month. I've got a game plan for the run itself but I need to keep my mind-chatter at bay for this 10+ hour day in the hot August sun. Any words of wisdom from the wise?
Hi Toby, the best advice I can give is to practice shutting out any negative thoughts. If you are confident and prepared for your race, the positive thoughts will flow. If the negative start to creep in (i.e. "today does not feel like my day, I am running slow, etc.), it will make the run seem a lot longer and more difficult. I speak from experience on this- I used to be so hard on myself, and when I learned to just lighten up and stay positive- I had more fun and my times really improved. I even picture myself as the type of runner I want to be during races. Use the long runs as an opportunity to let your mind think freely and to reflect. The long runs in training will prepare you for the mental aspects of the race. You are already a very positive person- so I believe you will do GREAT in this race and should have no worries on the mental aspect.