Much like anything in life, there is a psychological aspect to
every activity. One that is not so commonly associated with such,
is physical activity. Running is no exception! Success, even in
this category requires that you train your mind as well as your body.
For one to be an effective runner, they must practice three very important mental traits.
1) Self Discipline: Self discipline is an important aspect in any field of life and it’s the same with running long distances. This is what will help you keep away from those harmful junk foods that could jeopardize your training, and it will also help you keep those daily training routines in place
2) Motivation: You know that little voice in your head that tells you, you can’t do it? Motivation is the art of turning that voice around to tell you what you want to hear. Just like self discipline, motivation is going to get you out of bed every morning for that early morning work-out. Visualizing that finish line will keep your goals in perspective and let you finish that race with pride.
3) Time management: We know that your only activity during the day isn’t just running. You’ll have other commitments like work, and family to handle while at the same time, allowing time for rest and recuperation. During the marathon, you’ll need to keep track of your speed and running pace for every kilometer. Effective time management is therefore crucial to your success as a runner.