As promised here is part 2 of my mental marathon plan.
In reading about how to prepare mentally for a full marathon, a lot of people mention their why. Why do you want to run a marathon? Or why are you doing this?
I have been asked this many times through training and I ask myself this question all the time. When it gets tough that is the first thing that comes into my mind. Why am I doing this??? So here is my why.
First I want to prove to myself that I can complete a marathon. If you don’t know a few years ago I thought I would never be able to run again. I have a fracture in my back that doesn’t heal and I thought well there goes my fun… Fast forward and obviously I am able to run again. So I want to be able to part of that 1% that says I finished a freaking marathon.
Second and probably my bigger reason is to show others that you can do hard things and things that seem impossible. You can achieve what you put your mind to, work hard for, and try. I work with students that give up all the time. I want to show them that if you put your mind to something and put in the effort, then you can achieve it. My students are constantly saying they can’t do it or they aren’t good enough. The quit before they even start. I want to do this for all the people who believe they can’t and hopefully give them reasons to believe that they can!
The last part of my mental plan is using my mantras or positive affirmations. I have a few different ones and honestly I just plan to use all of them when I need them.
Just keep going…. (like Dory just keep swimming)
You can do this, you are already doing it!
You are strong
And of course my life phrase NO REGRETS
I am viewing this like I coach a woman through labor. So all the things that I would say to them, I am saying to myself.
What are your mantras? What is your why?