Friday, July 1, 2011
It took a lot of running for me to understand the mental game... both how tough it can be and how absolutely crucial it is to a good race... how a positive attitude can literally turn a so-so race into a triumph. Also, how saying "I can't" can take every single ounce of fight out of a person for the entire rest of the race... all of a sudden everything seems insurmountable.
But what I really wanted to talk about is how training contributes to the ultimate mental game. Have you ever asked or been asked - when does running get easier? I don't know that it ever gets "easier" per se. I still have bad days, good days, and so-so days. It's always a push, even if I'm not in misery like on the bad days. So why train... if it's just going to hurt, why put yourself through it time and time again before the race. To me, the absolute most powerful tool to have in your mental toolbox is the "I know I can."