“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” – Thomas Jefferson, third U.S. President
Racing to our Full Potential – TrainWithMarc Program
In life, as in running, we are oftentimes overcome with pitfalls and problems. To overcome these, we must dig deep and find the source of our issues. Below, you’ll find common problems that endurance athletes face and the solutions in which they should try and fix them.
Problem: Lack of self-confidence
Solution(s): be proud of your times, mileage, progress & successes
Problem: Negative self-talk
Solution(s): “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” – Napoleon Hill
Mantras you should use while you’re running: “I can” “I will” “Relax” “Smooth” “Aggressive”, etc.
Know what workouts you’ve done and how you’ve performed in practice.
Problem: Performance (good or bad) anxiety
Solution(s): Ask yourself this: “At the end of the day, will everything be ok even if I run poorly?” YES. Remove the unnecessary stress and just run.
Problem: Distractions – (work, school, friends, spouse)
Solution(s): What can you control?
- Homework/school work on time; don’t procrastinate.
- Outside stressors – handle them and relax.
- What you can’t control, be as prepared as possible for any number of outcomes.
Problem: Insufficient preparation
Solution(s): Make sure you take care of all aspects of your running: long runs, workouts, basic runs, strength training, cross training, recovery days, eating, hydrating & sleeping.
There are a lot of reasons we can run poorly, but with practice and patience, we can overcome any and all obstacles in our way! To find out more ways to beat stress and run better, contact coach Marc for your running plan.