Race number 16068
The corral will more than likely change. I am running with team Wear Blue Run to Remember
so I'm pretty sure we will all be starting together. I need to find out the details still.
So yesterday I went onto the Boise Ironman website to see where the course was. Not cause I ever plan to enter one, I'm not a swimmer, but because I thought it would be fun to watch part of it and cheer on some amazing athletes!
When I was browsing around I saw a link to an article titled "Ironman Mental Strength: The Fifth Discipline"
While the focus of this article was only about Ironman racing I thought it was very helpful for any kind of endurance event.
It talked about the connection between the mind and the body and how the mind can have a powerful influence over the body. It listed some mental exercises to help an athlete get through training and race day.
These are the ones that I liked. You can check out the article HERE
- Self-talk - Getting rid of the negative thoughts of "I can't or I'm not" and replacing them with "I can or I will"
- Checking-In - performing a self assessment of your body, your form, any aches and pains.
- This to shall pass - During some point in a race you are going to feel bad but the key is to keep moving forward and take breaks.
- Misery Loves Company - Talk to people when you are racing. This can help distract you from negative self talk or pain.
- Have A Reason - Have a reason, not just a goal, to focus on and keep driving forward. "Some make the commitment for a charitable cause, a friend or family member, or some other deeply personal reason."
And last but not least...
- Have fun - Enjoy the process and be proud of all your hard work and training! Smile! It can result in positive thoughts, emotions and energy!
My first marathon Oct 2010. Still smiling even though it's pouring down rain!
Taking time to be silly and have fun after my second marathon on May 14th.
Check out the article it definitely is a good read no matter what distance you train for.
I think mental strength is very important in long distance running. It's something I'm always trying to improve on.