marathon motivation

We have all had those spurts of energy that last one or two or even three days where we feel on top of our workout routine and we are full of sticktoitiveness. However, they are usually just that- spurts. What do you do when that feeling has worn off? You are training for a marathon! And you need to keep training. I teamed up with my friends over at Marathon Rookie to bring you some tips to keep you motivated and help you cross that finish line.
Set aside a few minutes each day, or at least a few times each week, to relax and picture in your mind the runner you want to be. Picture yourself making a great training run or running the actual race. As you are creating that image, try to get other senses involved by trying to feel what it will feel like to achieve your goal or push through any obstacles you envision.

Flood your mind with positive thoughts by talking to yourself every day. Tell yourself that you are a marathon runner. Our minds operate in the present so the more we tell ourselves something, even if it is not yet true, the faster our mind believes it and begins working now to make that affirmation a reality. Also, put an affirmation, race brochure, or inspiring quote somewhere you will see it every day like on your desk or bathroom mirror.

Block the Negative
Be aware of negative thoughts creeping into your mind. When you catch them, stop them cold in their tracks by telling yourself the opposite. For instance, if you catch yourself thinking you are tired during a run, tell yourself several times, with emphasis, that you feel great or feel strong. Do the same for any pain during a run. By telling yourself the opposite, you are diverting your focus from the negative to the positive.

Change into that Running Gear
Sometimes simply changing into your workout gear can get you in the mood to work out!

Get a Dog
OK, by now you all know I am practically obsessed with getting a dog sometime in my near future. Make a promise to your dog that you will take him/her on a walk daily. You will play fetch with him/her every other day… which is a great workout especially if your dog has not learned the step of bringing the thrown object back to you.

A Little Friendly Competition
Link up withe friends/co-workers/people online and start a little competition! Keep in mind everyone has different levels of running/exercising skills. But it isn’t about comparing apples to apples. It is about the improvement and progression! Knowing other people are going through similar challenges can help keep you motivated.

Over the course of training, you may find yourself lacking motivation at some point. This is very common. Maybe you get discouraged because unexpected events have caused you to miss a run, a few runs, or even a week or more of runs. Maybe something in your life diverts your focus from training and your goal. Whatever the case, do not let it stop you from achieving your goal!
Think of supporters cheering you on as you run with ease through the marathon or half marathon. Think about how rewarding it will be when you cross the finish line and reflect on what you have just accomplished.
Surround yourself with positive, motivating things. Watching running movies is great for marathon motivation. Find something that connects with you emotionally and you will find that your intensity and desire will grow to where you don’t just want to achieve your goal, you have to achieve your goal.
Take a step back and think about why you have set this monster goal for yourself and see yourself enjoying all the benefits you expect to have once you accomplish your goal.