Training is not just training your body but training your mind. Your mental game is the most important thing when it comes to physical health. Your mind is what tells you to start, keep going, and finish strong. The decisions you make effect the results you see physically. For me, the best way to train my mind is to set a goal. Setting a goal, and completing it gives me the positive reinforcement to do it again. It can be difficult after a long day of work to find the energy to workout. I overcome it by telling myself once I’m done then I have the rest of the night to myself. Plus I already have to change out of work clothes, might as well be into workout clothes.
Mental strength helps push you when you feel like there is nothing left. There were many times after a race where I felt like I could have pushed myself more. I felt disappointed or upset with myself because I felt that I wasn’t giving 100% of what I knew my body could do. Now every time I constantly think to myself ‘do I have more left?’ The answer is always yes. I’ll end with a few quotes that I find very true and motivational:
‘The best way to become a mentally tough runner is to believe you’re mentally tough runner’ -Ryan hall
“Your fitness is 100% mental. You’re body won’t go where you mind doesn’t push it.”
“Once you control your mind you can conquer your body.”