Many people love the endorphin rush they get after a run, but sometimes it can be a challenge just to get started. Here are 5 pro tips to help you get into the mindset of a runner.
Running season is just around the corner! Do you want to participate but need help getting out the door or staying motivated to keep going?
Here, Ben shares 5 tips to get your brain and body on the same team.
1. Break it up
When you head out for a run, don’t think about the whole distance you have to cover. Break it down into manageable chunks and just focus on the next marker you must hit. For example when I am going for a 15km run, I tell myself I am heading out for 3 x 5km runs. All I need to focus on is making the next 5km in good form.
Disassociation is a tried and true mental running trick. Disassociation is basically taking your mind off your running and placing it elsewhere. A common disassociation technique is focusing on the external environment around you.
Concentrate on sights, sounds and smells surrounding you on your run. You will forget about any challenges or discomfort and will reach the finish line in no time.
Another useful running trick is association, which is the direct opposite of disassociation. One type of association is inner monitoring. Using this technique you focus closely on your breathing, stride mechanics, foot stride, posture, pace and the condition of your body and watch the kms fly by.
4. Banish negative thoughts
Do not allow those negative thoughts to creep in. Anytime you start to have a negative thought try to replace it with a positive mantra. Usually I just repeat something easy like, "You can do it, I feel strong." Don't laugh. It works. Feel free to try more creative mantras if you like.
Another important technique I use when I am running is visualisation. I visualise how this run I am doing is going to help me succeed on race day. I visualise how I want to look from the outside while I run and try to take that form. I also visualise how good I am going to feel at the end of this run (and what I am going to eat), so I stay strong all the way to the finish.
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