Paavo Nurmi, who won 9 Olympic goals at distances once say this
“All that I am, I am because of my mind. ” Most training books/plans
start with how many miles you need to run per week and how many
days to be a good marathon runner. All great marathon runners
must train their mind first before any training plan. I believe it’s three ways of doing this.
1.) Discipline – Is not looking for shortcuts. Most people in life looks for ways to beat the system. They are not willing to put in the work. This is why most people don’t run marathons. It take self discipline to get out of your house and train in the cold are heat. The phase is self-discipline. This is difference from disciples that is force upon you. Most people get up and go to work 5 days a week this is discipline but force upon. True discipline is self- discipline you make up your mind to do something no matter what stands in the way.
2.) Just be mental tough- People always ask how do become more mental strong? I love the answer Jocko Willink (Navy Seal) give in his book Discipline Equals freedom. Just become mental tough. I believe what he was saying there is no magic to this just become mental tough. Just decide you going to be tough. For example in a race when you hit the wall and feel like give up just it tough say no way!!! Fight harder run harder shout come on!!!!
3.) Experience- One of the best ways to develop a stronger mind is through experience. I am today is more mental tough in running a marathon then I was six years ago. My first marathon was a disaster my mind was not ready for the long distance and I fail apart both mental and physical. Over the years my mind has became more stronger each time I push myself through the pain. The best way to become more tough is to run more marathons.
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