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Mental Preparation For Marathon

As you prepare for the marathon it is important you maintain a positive attitude. Always believe you will be able to finish the race, you can do this by mentally visualizing yourself in the race and crossing the finish line.

Running is never easy for anyone so make sure your training is challenging enough: run hills and do speed work so that you can get used to the feeling of running under stress.

Have 100% confidence on your ability to run and finish a marathon. And the only way you can have absolute confidence is to got out and train, train and train hard. Lastly keep yourself healthy and have a positive attitude the week before the race.

Stay Positive!

 

 

Tips On Mental Stamina For Running

Running is quite tough mentally. The biggest challenges being boredom, staying motivated and fatigue. Everyone has their own mental ability. While the strong-minded will cope with the boredom and fatigue better, others may need more support.

Mental Stamina To Cope with boredom

In the case of boredom, one idea is to get a running partner or join a running club. A running partner can really help you through the bad patches.

Mental Stamina for Staying Motivated

It can sometimes be hard to get motivated, but if you’ve set realistic, achievable short, medium and long-range goals, that should help.

Mental stamina to cope with fatigue

As for developing mental stamina to cope with fatigue, one idea is to play tricks on your mind. Don’t focus on the finish line instead set small targets. It could be a tree, a hill or any other landmark  on the road. Tell yourself you will have to reach, once you reach that point now focus on the next target. That way you will surely make it to the finish line.

Lastly, the only method that guarantees 100% mental stamina is to keep running. The more you run, the more your mind adjusts to the mental stress of running.

Boston Marathon 2011 Photos & Pictures

What a race! The men’s marathon record fell! The following picture will live in our memories. He looks like he has just come from a Jog down the street on a host sunny day!

Geoffrey Mutai crossed the finish line to win the 115th Boston Marathon. Mutai, from Kenya, finished with a new world record time time of 2:03:02. Picture courtesy of Boston Globe.

To see hundreds of photos from 2011 Boston marathon, visit Boston Globe 2011  Boston Marathon Coverage in pictures.

2011 L. A. Marathon Pictures : Photos

It was a rainy 2011 Honda L.A marathon but the rain was not stopping anyone especially the photographers. The following are my favorite pictures from 2011 L.A marathon.

Female Winner Buzunesh Deba kisses her husband at the finish line. Source, huffingtonpost

The beautiful story of the day: Kelly Gneiting finished Sunday’s Los Angeles Marathon in 9 hours, 48 minutes and 52 seconds, probably establishing a Guinness world record for someone his size. Source, L.A. Times blog.

2010 London Marathon Race Results

The 2010 London Marathon has just finished. The Men’s winner was Ethiopia’s Tsegaye Kebede while the ladies event was won by Liliya Shobukova.

Kebede had untroubled victory, the Kenyans today didnt turn up! Samwel Wanjiru was left behind at mile 18, followed by Kibet at mile 20. Kirui tried to Keep up with Kebede and I could see he was giving it 110% while Kebede looked like he could notch a gear anytime. At mile 22 Kebede just went for it, he crossed the finish line in 2:05:12! Missing the course record by 2 seconds.

As for the Ladies, my athlete for the race has to be the second place finisher, another Russian (sorry, cant remember her name) At certain point she seemed to be far behind, but she just kept going and going! She was also thrilled with her performance because she was all smiles at the finish.

I watched the race Live via Satellite TV and I have to say It was another beautiful London Marathon! Loved it!

2010 Salt Lake City Marathon Photos : Pictures

About 12,000 marathon runners took part in 2010 Salt Lake City marathon that is according to the local press.

Photos from the marathon are proving hard to come across but I found some here

Flickr Salt Lake City Marathon page

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The Best Slogans for Running T – Shirts

In my 5 years of marathon running I have seen some awesome Slogans written on runners T-shirts. The best are those slogans written on the backside of runners T-shirts. If you are behind a runner with a slogan written on his backside, the message can either inspire you or piss you off!

Slogans On running T-shirts that inspire

1. Pain is only temporary

2. Lets kick some ASSSSSS

3. Just do it

4. Its a piece of cake

5. I will let my running do the talking

Running T-shirt Slogans that can piss you off

1. You are now last

2. If you cant keep up with me, be a spectator

3. At least am not last – from a runner who beat you to the finish line.

4. I dont know what shit you drunk this morning

5. See you at the finish

2010 Austin Marathon Race Photos & Pictures

“Run Austin Love Austin”that is one of the best marathon slogans have heard

According to race officials, 4,500 marathoners and a record number of 9,000 half-marathoners participated in 2010 Austin Marathon.

The race having fell on valentine day there was alot of roses at the finish line.

I found 2010 Austin Race photos at Flickr. The photos were awesome, the type you would love to keep in sports photos library or sports photos books.

Check out more photos at flickr andrew photo stream

Chinese Marathon : Why Some are Desperate To Cheat

I was going through my google reader when I noticed the following news item in the Guardian UK newspaper The story made my day!!

FROM CHINESE MARATHON : Almost a third of the runners who finished in the top 100 have since been disqualified for cheating in the race in the southern port city of Xiamen.

The reason given for cheating has something to do with the University entrance examination. In China those who finish in the marathon in under two hours and 34 minutes can add extra points to their score in the University entrance exam.

Methods used for cheating

Some of the methods the cheaters used were the good old method of taking short cuts, the now familiar one of hiring an impostor to race with your race number and the old classic of hiking a lift on a vehicle part way through the route. Taking a lift enroute was made famous by Rosie Ruiz when the unknown madam came in first at the finish of 1980 Boston marathon. It emerged that she had ridden the subway almost all the way, joining the route barely a mile before the finish line.

Chevron Houston Marathon 2010 Photos : Images : Pictures

The last runner to cross the finish line at the 2010 Chevron Houston Marathon was Diane Kassab (56) her finish time was 6 hours, 1 minute and 5 seconds.

When asked by houston chronicle why she took so long to complete the race, this was her reply

It was fun. The spirit is tremendous,” said Kassab, of Houston. “I danced to every band. That was probably my mistake.

Another interesting observation was that the former US president George H. W. Bush was at Mile 19 to give all runners a hand shake. I think that was brilliant of him.

I tried to find photos from houston marathon 2010 and I found them at Flickr, see all pictures at stratblues page.