Sunday, September 19, 2010

How to beat the mental game of running

16 Week Marathon Training Plan - Week 5 - Day 7

This has been a good week of running. I took an extra day of rest on Friday and I'm thinking I might continue to do the same thing at least the next couple of weeks. I like having the extra day off before my long run, and next week's long run is set at 16 miles so that extra day might be just what I need.

Today I ran 6 miles with 6 x 100 meter sprints. I took the sprints hard and took the recovery very easy. It was good to shake the legs out during those 6 miles, even when the first mile was very sluggish.

The 2010 Dallas White Rock Marathon is now 11 weeks away and I am happy with the way the training is going. The coming week will be packed with easy miles, some faster than others.

Just like today's run, it seems like a week of quality training can start of slow. The key to excelling is to push through the sluggishness of the first couple of weekly training days so that by the end of the week you are in good form and strong enough to go farther and faster than the training schedule dictates.

Some have said the marathon is 80% mental and 20% physical. Realizing training runs will suck from time to time is a good place to start getting past the mental aspect. Getting out there and running even when it sucks will help you get through the physical.

Triathlon Training Log Image from Dailymile

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  Sunday run in the rain.