Marathon Toolkit: Engage your Brain

Discover how to use one of your best assets - your mind - to greatest effect in your spring marathon

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A marathon plan: the second half

Miles 15-20: These are the tough miles. Now it’s time for your mind to be kind, positive and encouraging. Imagine you’ve got a little coach sitting on your shoulder – a very helpful coach, not a critical one. Tell yourself: “I’m doing a good job, this is good, hang on in there, this is what it’s all about” - phrases like that work as they’re direct, positive and helpful.

Miles 20-23: This shorter chunk is all about persevering. You know you can do this shorter stretch, you’ve already proved your endurance; now just get through it. If you need a distraction think about where the course is going next and the sights you’ll see.

Miles 23-26.2: The final phase. Remember why you’re running the race and try to contain the pace, so you get to the finish in one piece. Visualise how you’re going to finish – are you going to jump in the air or risk a cartwheel. Focus on what the marathon has meant for you and how you’ve done yourself proud. 

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is your brain a muscle????...or even your mind?

Posted: 11/04/2012 at 15:26

It probably is if you think it is.

*ponders the enormity of it all*

Posted: 11/04/2012 at 16:17

ah wow maaan, yeah Phil, I totally dig that!

Brain - my 2nd favourite organ.

Posted: 11/04/2012 at 22:10

This sport can ignite our brain to function properly and provide progressive ans strenght thinking.


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Posted: 21/06/2012 at 10:25

ofcourse it's a's of your body! we are all muscle....and muscle has memory - keep running!
Posted: 23/11/2012 at 00:06

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