This morning my siblings and I, together with our friends Rex and Pinky were in MOA for our LSD. The time goal was two hours and forty minutes. Now that the runs are longer, it became clearer to me that marathon does not only require physical training but also, and equally important is the training of the mind.
Let me quote two paragraphs from Galloway’s Book on Running (Chapter 15 Motivation):
“The Mind is Divided. The power of the human mind to push the body to its potential is limited by an internal conflict. The logical side (left brain) does not communicate with the creative side (right brain). A primary mission of the analytical side is to steer you into comfort and away from stress. The more stress you generate from running and other areas, the more negative messages: “slow down,” “stop,” or what is even worse, asking, “why am I doing this?” If you don’t have a mental strategy for dealing with this barrage of negativity, you’ll start losing confidence in your ability to achieve your potential, on that day.
When you have a balance of physical and mental training, your left and right brains can work as a team: left side anticipating problems, and the right side searching for resources and solutions. This puts you in control of your running, instead of reacting to one crisis after another. While the potential of our body is limited, the intuitive and creative powers of the right side are not. Not only does this side monitor our capabilities, it finds resources you didn’t know you had.”
One powerful quote I’ve read before and I always tuck this at the back of my mind whenever I go out to run: “The mind is the athlete.“ That is from the book The Power of One by B. Courtenay. The complete quote says, “The power of one is above all things the power to believe in yourself, ofen well beyond any latent ability you may have previously demonstrated. The mind is the athlete, the body is simply the means it uses to run faster or longer, jump higher, shoot straighter, kick better, swim harder, hit further, or box better.”
The mind is the athlete. Very true indeed, don’t you think so? We need to plan what we will let enter our minds before and during the race.
Our group was quiet and seldom talked during the run. I guess each one was lost in his/her own world, battling that “little voice”. Finally, after two hours and forty minutes we were back to where our car was parked. Done! Mission accomplished. We all had breakfast of pandesal, left over Christmas ham, cheese, and ice cold Gatorade. Yum!