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Positive Mental Training to Run Well

The physical aspect of training to get the best from your running is so demanding, you cannot afford to let the mental aspect be a problem. Here are some tips for mental training for runners.

I suggest that one can train oneself in a very short period of time to achieve a 100{0a00b7f19cfae603d857fe25d0a6cf6f5825db1f256901fb36653366660d6b73} positive mental approach. A number of mantras (oft repeated sayings) are extremely useful for specific circumstances. It is a matter of bringing them up at once when the occasion arises.
They are:-

1. Don’t give up (when you feel like doing so)

2. Just get on with it (instead of demurring or faffing about)

3. No-one will handle this better than me (when facing a tough situation)

4. Don’t get down (when things are not going well)

5. Don’t complain (about trivial issues)

And remember…”Situations can change”

As an example – in a race you get a stitch. Immediately say to yourself “Don’t get down”. It could be worse – you could be experiencing sickness or have pulled a hamstring!

Imagine the “1 second mindset” where you bring up the appropriate mantra within one second.

You will be surprised how straightforward it is to adopt this approach for positive mental training for runners.

Go for it!

Mel Edwards

Mel Edwards is a former international marathon runner with a personal best of 2 hours 18 minutes 24 seconds and was one of Britain’s top distance runners in the late 1960’s. He is a UK Athletics Level 4 endurance coach and has dealt with cancer on three occasions. Mel was recently awarded an MBE for his services to athletics and charity

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