6am start = big mileage!

We hit 18 miles on our long run this weekend. Hallelujah!

18 miles always marks the turning point in my mind. As in, no turning back now, Jen.

There is something about that length of run that really brings on the oh-man-what-have-I-got-myself-into? thoughts. Don’t get me wrong, it was a beautiful morning, the company was terrific and the run went really smoothly. But right about 17 miles I started to realize that pretty soon we would be expected to tack on the remaining 9.2 miles to get to the finish line of the marathon. Meaning, we would have to run an additional hour and a half to complete the race. Not a good thought to entertain.

Why did I let my mind go there?

I hate it when I do that. I mean, I know better.

It is so important to never do that. Because running a marathon is definitely as much mental as it is physical. If you let your mind focus on the negative or hardships, you’re sunk.

Ask any marathoner.

Instead of thinking that I have 30 minutes left to will my lead legs and sore feet over the finish line, I think “less than a 5k, I’ve got this!” Instead of focusing on the 12 miles left until the end of the race, I celebrate the fact that I am over 1/2 way done. During a marathon, somewhere between 20 to 26 miles, everyone is vulnerable. It is really important to keep your focus positive.

Mind. Games. Are. Imperative. For. Marathoning.

Interesting in  learning more ways to make it through the run? Check out this article on 10 Great Marathon Mind Games.