Breaking Mental Barriers: The Key To Successful Running
Sports is a part of human life which requires a lot of focus, determination, and preparation. When we say preparation, we are not just referring to the countless number of hours spent physically training. We are not also talking about the endless moments spent benching weights or raising dumbbells in the gym. To be a successful sportsperson, the preparation needs to go beyond the physical and enter the mental realm, when it comes to distance running, most races are won in the mind before they are played out on the road.
Over the years, we have seen that limitations faced by racers is often dependent on their mental awareness, belief and state. For a runner to achieve their full potential, no matter the distance of the race, they must be able to condition their minds into believing they can run faster and longer.
Often, what hinders the length to which we push ourselves mentally is the atmosphere we are surrounded by. A positive atmosphere would increase the desire to do more, while a negative atmosphere could just make you content with where you are and not have the desire to push on.
There is not a better time than now to start building your mental strength and generating positive mental energy. It’s not rocket science, and you don’t need to become a demigod or commit to endless hours of meditation to get there. Simply, you can start by just believing in yourself to achieve some pre-set goals. Go for those records that look impossible to beat and strive to leave them in the dust.
You could start by setting small milestones for yourself and overcoming them one after the other while keeping the ultimate prize in sight. Every milestone you complete would be a reminder that you can actually do what you once thought improbable. Remember that if you feel you can, or have the opinion that you can’t, you would be right on both occasions. In the end, it all boils down to you. Break that mental barrier and give it all you’ve got.
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