I think it is fairly obvious the amount of physical toughness that is required to run a marathon, but over the past few weeks, I’ve been thinking about the mental preparation and strength required to run for 26.2 straight miles.
Mental Toughness Is…
Making plans and schedules for training runs and then rearranging your life around them.
Going to bed before the party is over.
Drinking so much water that you are up numerous times in the night to pee.
Running with a sinus infection.
Early morning wake ups.
Boring dinners with good protein/carb ratios (when your boyfriend always wants to order pizza).
Sore legs every time you squat down at work.
Returning to a run after a set back.
Passing on all of the amazing fall brews coming out.
Remembering the end goal.
Recovering from disappointing performances.
Going to work with wet hair.
Missing fun times and adventures with your friends.
Wearing compression socks with shorts to the grocery store.
Having your weekends booked until mid October.
Running 20 miles and then driving down to St. Louis for a girls weekend. I leave in 1 hour!
For me, this is all practice. Because mental toughness begins at mile 21. And if you want to know what motivates me at that point, you can read all about it in this post.
Although that doesn’t mean that this morning’s 20 miler was a breeze. Luckily, I had my trusty side kick and support vehicle (aka Mom on a bike) to wind her way up north with me for 10 miles and then back again.
I had one mishap with my Garmin in which I forgot to turn it back on and then stopped it but it was back on and missed about .80 miles of my run. My mom’s bike computer was able to come through for us, but I don’t have a time for this morning’s run. Which is okay because I had no time goal. This is my first 20 miler and for the my second one, I am planning to push the pace some more. For this morning, I just wanted to finish, which I did, and then enjoyed a homemade smoothie with my Mom.
Where do you find mental toughness??
Weekly Running Update
I was rewarded this week for my early AM wake up calls with beautiful running weather and strong runs!
Thursday-5 miles pace run
Total Weekly Mileage: 38 miles
Race Day Countdown: 36 days!