Mankato Marathon Mentally Training for a Marathon Part II

In part one of this training blog, I discussed the importance of the mind when training for and participating in a marathon. The main point being that no matter how strong or physically gifted an athlete might be, it’s important to have a positive frame of mind and be mentally prepared to enhance and be successful at their running event.

The following are specific mental strategies that runners can implement to aid in an enjoyable and quality run:

Mankato Marathon Mentally Training for a Marathon

Typically, training for a marathon means staying physically active to develop muscles that prepare you for the grueling 26.2 miles you’ll face. Most athletes spend a tremendous amount of time preparing for a marathon by physically preparing their bodies. However, what coaches and athletes often overlook is the mental aspect of performance – even though the importance of mental training has been realized for years.

2012 Mankato Marathon Big Start

Incorporating running into your life is an excellent decision for your health. Many people take this choice to the next level by participating in formal races like 5Ks, 10Ks and marathons. These runs provide structured goals, health benefits and tap you into a close-knit running community. Proper preparation for any race is important, so here are a few tips to get you started.


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