Day 5 Week 15 – Mental Marathon

10/7/2016 – 9 AM run, cool, 1 mile easy,  4 miles steady pace (8:10 to 8:40), 1 mile easy.  My steady pace splits were: 8:24, 8:25, 8:35, 8:29

The steady pace run today, combined with the surge long run tomorrow is designed to (1) simulate the tired legs in the late stage of a marathon and (2) run on tired legs to increase muscular endurance.

Without questions, running a marathon takes physical strength and endurance.  But the aspect of mental training is often understated or unnoticed.  As I get out of the house to hit the pavement each run, I do not rely on any external mental support.  No music, no motivational speeches, no daydreaming.

Instead, I focus on each step.

I know this may sound corny or trite. But it is in fact just the opposite.  I don’t think about how much I have run or how much more that I yet to complete.  Either way, the distance discourages me.  Moreover, neither helps me to feel the present moment, the very step I am taking.

If anything, I go micro-focused on my body.  How I land my foot, the recoiling force, my air uptake, arm swings, etc.  Monitoring my body is like if I am inside of a flight cockpit with all the instrumentation gauges to pay attention to.  In case something happens and needs adjustment.

In other words, I am preoccupied with my running.  Kinda like in a flow.  And long and behold, whatever the distance, it almost does not matter.

What gives you strength to sustain your energy and focus?

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