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How I Stabilized My Moods While Running A Marathon

Many of you have no idea the mental toll that a marathon can take on you. You’re always in the zone–you’re running and you feel great. When we are tired or stressed, many of us can’t run like we planned, and we end up with a negative mindset and a more depressed one. In this video we are going to teach you ways that you can stop these negative cycles by re-establishing your mental stability. We’re going to talk about meditation, self-talk, and focusing your self-worth. There are many benefits to running a marathon with me, so I’m looking forward to running with you this summer.

I have a passion for teaching. In 2010, the American College of Sports Medicine reported that only 13% of runners had completed even ONE marathon or half-marathon before age 50. Many people start training and running when they’re young and then feel like a shell of their former self because of the many struggles involved. I wanted to share what I’ve learned with you before you start training too, because no matter how good you get, the struggle to keep pace with the people around you is a constant battle.

This year will be my 3rd year leading the Marathoning Mentals program . My philosophy has always been that, in order to successfully run a marathon, you must have a personal practice; you must be trained in how to run a marathon. I have a hard time running a marathon now without a personal practice , so I decided to change my approach and I’ll show you how I have run my last few marathons.  I’ll show you how I re-established my mental stability throughout the race, and I’ll show you how I focused my self-worth back into a positive frame of mind.

My Personal Practice  First of all, what I like doing is just getting out of my mind. Once I’m out of the bubble of thinking about the race, I’m able to get back to running. I have to remind myself every minute to walk at a brisk pace. I have to walk slowly because I’m scared to break it down too much, but once I’ve got my mental routine down, I’m able to run the marathon without thinking too much. My practice usually consists of two things: running a marathon and listening to this blog every single day and night. The first time I did that was during my first marathon, so I’ll show you how I did it.

How  To Get Out of Your Mind I was listening to the podcast ” Running Mindfully ” the other night and someone mentioned that we’re all addicted to our phones. He said that when we get an email, we’re usually able to ignore it. My thought process is that if I don’t hear from someone, I have something to think about so I know that it won’t be a problem. But now that I have a habit of ignoring emails, I’m starting to notice the little things that people send me. The ones that are really mean , like that time my husband came home at 2 in the morning crying because he saw some woman with a really big fake dick on the internet and it pissed him off. Sometimes it’s the little things that really get me–I’ve noticed that people tell me I’m annoying before they’ll even look at my picture.   Now it’s not just about these small things. You look back on the photos you’ve taken on vacation and you realize that one is a picture of me and my dog, but the caption on my other photo says “I’ll take care of her for you.” I don’t want to be rude, but I’m not going to take care of her because she’s in the water.   And sometimes we just want to run or we want to play a game, and the photos we take are our play stuff. When I want to run out of my head, I look at a picture of myself and one of my dogs in the middle of the race. I don’t want to show you the pictures with me and my dog because I don’t want to ruin her for someone! I take pictures of running on weekends, too–just running around, not a race or anything else.