Monday Mental Notes: The Basics

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Mental training is a critical part of running your best and is an oft overlooked aspect of training. Today’s post I will highlight the basics of mental training.

The four main skills of mental training are:

  1. Relaxation
  2. Visualization
  3. Affirmation
  4. Concentration

Relaxation: This sounds obvious, but for many of us, running while relaxed is a hard skill to come by and will take lots of practice. There will be many posts outlining the benefits of relaxation and exercises to do to become a zen master on the run.

Visualization: This is the hardest to master of the mental skills I’ve outlined, but it’s a critical one. We must dream it to achieve it! We will post tutorials and exercises so by race day you’ll have already pictured yourself running every step to achieving your goal.

Affirmation: With our posts on affirmation we will teach you to become your own best cheerleader. Don’t fear being silly and Stuart-Smalley-esque, affirming your greatness is a must to achieving your potential.

Concentration: Running your best takes focus and that’s not always easy when there’s smack-talking or guys dressed in cow costumes passing you up Heartbreak Hill (true story!) Our posts on concentration will help you have the laser-like focus you need to run your best.

Salty Running boss and mother of 3 little ones with PRs of 3:10:15 (26.2), 1:25:59 (13.1) and 18:15 (5k). I love to write about running culture, mental training, and fitting in a serious running habit with the rest of a busy life.

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