We all know that most anything in life is really more about what goes on in our head, not our body. The head can override the body — for good or bad.
I’m sharing five tips from the book “Mind Gym” (Amazon affiliate link here) to help you with your mental toughness.
I’m linking up with My First 5K and More, Running With Attitude, Runs with Pugs, Zenaida and Run Laugh Eat Pie for Fit Five Friday. Today I’m sharing 5 ways to work on your mental game — whether you’re returning to racing — or not!
Whether you think you can or you think you can’t — you’re right!
In other words, believe in yourself, your capabilities, and your training
Focus on what you can control:
- Your thoughts
- Your fueling
- Your hydrating
Let go of what you can’t control:
- The course
- The weather
- The people around you
Just don’t give any energy to the things you can’t control, pour it all into what you can control
It’s so easy to give into our inner critic:
It’s too hilly. It’s too hot, cold, windy, rainy. I may as well just give up, I’m never going to hit my goal anyway.
There are very few races — if any — that go completely our way. There’s almost always something we have to overcome. That takes courage.
I remember more than one race where I thought I had run too slow to ever meet my goal, only to realize towards the end that I still could — if I dug deep and had courage.
In other words:
Never give up
This one is about training, not actual racing — but it’s important. I think it’s one of my superpowers, and I’ve always said that if I’m going to race, I’m going to train for it. Not because of PRs (although that’s nice, of course), but because it actually gives me that confidence, knowing that I have shown up, and done the work. Knowing that my body is prepared to race and therefore much less likely to get injured.
You don’t have to be an elite athlete — or even a fast runner — to use competitiveness to your advantage. Even if you’re DFL (dead frickin’ last). All you need is a rabbit to chase. I know I often do better when I’m chasing a runner who is just a little faster than I am!
You don’t have to be trying for a certain time, a PR, or qualifying for a race to put the 5 Cs into play. Even if the race is more about fun than racing, I promise you, you’re going to have a better experience if you work on the 5 Cs!
How is your mental game these days?
Which of the 5 Cs do you need to work on? Letting go of the things I can’t control for me
Can you think of any Cs to add to this list?