Last week, my husband and I watched a documentary film on Netflix called Running the Sahara. Its about three athletes who ran 50 miles a day for 111 days! It’s a great film and very inspiring. They travelled through 6 countries, 4,300+ miles (6,920 kilometers) by foot. To have the physical and mental capacity to do that, is really amazing!
Here’s the movie trailer.
We got so inspired by the film. So, over the weekend, my husband and I got up early and started our day with our morning run at the trail. No, we are not planning on running 50 miles everyday for 100 days! LOL! We’ll leave that to those three great athletes. 🙂
We ran 14 miles, our longest run so far! All of my runs have been below or at 13 miles from my half marathon races. I’d never really thought of increasing my mileage, until that day. From then on, I am convinced just how much power your brain can do when it comes to running. And we plan on slowly increasing our mileage every week, and hopefully soon, we’ll be ready to train for a full marathon.
It was so gorgeous that morning! The cool weather (40-50s degrees F) and the views of different colors of trees made our run very enjoyable. I love it! I love Fall Season!
They say, “running is 90% mental, and the rest is physical.” It’s true! It is a mental game. It’s the mental aspect that makes running so tough.
If your mind is not into it, chances are you’re not going to have a great run and you’re probably not going to get very far either.
Let see how this goes for me. I hope that as I go through my training, I can develop some sort of strategies to be strong mentally.
How about you? Do you believe that “mind over matter” is always true? What mental strategies do you use to help yourself through a tough run or a race?