Running The Mind

Running The Mind
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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

4 Ways To Train Your Mind For Better Running Performance

1. Think Positive. Your mind believes what you tell it. So why not fill it with positive thoughts about your running? Positive thoughts lead to positive results. This is especially important on race day. If you stand at the starting line telling yourself that you feel good and are ready to run well, more than likely, you will run well.


2. Believe In Yourself. If you train hard and get yourself into good shape your body will be capable of running to its potential. Believe in your condition and what you are capable of and you will see good results. Tell yourself what you are capable of accomplishing, believe in it, and then go out and do it.

3. Imagine. Imagine what it will look like... feel like... sound like... to run comfortably relaxed and in total control. To be flowing through a run or race at your goal pace with little to no effort. Finishing your run with a personal best and feeling refreshed and ready to do it again.

4. Fantasize On The Run. Go out on your next run and find yourself running the perfect race and finishing in a personal best time. Or running in the Olympics and finding yourself fighting for a top three finish. Fantasizing has several benefits during a run. First, you are giving your mind positive thoughts of feeling good and running within or even beyond yourself. Second, you are distracting your mind from the rigors of running. You may be feeling tired or strained during during the run, but your mind is in full fantasy of running so well that it ignores your negatives. And third, you are giving yourself a moment in time that feels good, maybe so good that you will work even harder to make your fantasy come true.

The more you think positive, the more you believe in yourself, the more you imagine, and the more you fantasize, the more your mind will accept what you are giving it and make running as you want to run more obtainable.

3 comments:

Medical Alarm said...

Great post, thank you for sharing.

Chuck Bridgman said...

True, true.
See Rushall's study on; Mental characteristics of a wide range of elite Canadian athletes.

Anonymous said...

I loved this article, and it is completely true.Your mind believes what you tell it.