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To get the most out of every training session your mind and your body must be working together. Something PT and yogi Shona Vertue (@shona_vertue), New Balance ambassador, feels passionate about.
Which is why there’s no one better to provide motivational mantras to transform your running, both in the build up and during a big race.
Want to train your brain for the challenge ahead? Repeat after Shona…
First thing in the morning…
“Every morning we are born again and it’s what we do today that matters most.”
This is a quote from Buddha that pops up on my phone every morning.
Last thing at night…
“Everything you believe affects everything that comes to you.”
I really believe in the power of affirmations and marinating in the right thoughts before bed. On a subconscious level whatever you think about before you go to sleep is what your subconscious brain will start to process and consolidate, so you want to keep it positive.
This one is from Abraham Hicks is – an inspirational speaker and meditation advocate.
Before every workout…
“Listen to your body.”
Sometimes we have this push – external to our own intuition – to go really hard. So what’s important before you train is really listening in, feeling and seeing how you feel both physically and emotionally.
When training isn’t going well…
“Tomorrow will come.”
Remind yourself; it’s a first world problem. I don’t beat myself up over a poor session because you have to be grateful there’s a tomorrow and your body will be able to do amazing things again.
At the start of a race…
“Remember to breathe.”
Never underestimate the power of your breathing when you’re running.
At the halfway point…
“You’ve done half already!”
This is the toughest point of a run for me; it’s when your mind becomes more powerful than your body. Instead of thinking, I’ve got to all of that again, remind yourself you’ve already done half.
Always remember: your mind gives up faster than your body. Don’t let it sabotage you.
New Balance Toughest Opponent is a story about the battles we have within ourselves. The niggling mind games that play out between our ears that make us question whether to run that extra mile, to lift that heavier weight, or to go forward and push harder, faster and stronger than we did the day before. Find out more at: http://www.newbalance.co.uk/TougestOpponent.
You are your toughest opponent.