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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 landmarkĀ  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.

Best Running Advice For Runners

Looking at an elite athlete running you will be impressed by his/her ability to run at a high speed. They make it seem very easy! They can keep going at a level of effort that seems impossible to maintain.

But is it easy for the elite runners than it is for the regular Joe?

A New York Times article examined this issue and experts interviewed gave runningĀ  advise on How to Push Past the Pain, as the Champions Do.

Best Running Advice from the article

Even elite runners feel the pain the secret is that they push through the pain rather than stop or slow down.

On How to deal with pain when running?

  • Focus intensely on your running, don’t let your mind drift away because you start slowing down.
  • Athletes must resist the feeling that they are too tired and have to slow down. Instead, they have to concentrate on increasing the intensity of their effort.

To add my own idea on the subject

Don’t focus on your burning chest instead feel your legs. Every time I find myself slowing down I ask myself how my legs are feeling. Most times the answer is the legs are feeling strong. And I step up a gear.

To Read the full article go to New York Time Fitness Page