Friday, July 6, 2007

Mind over matter?

I've been running for a few years now, since 2000. Not always consistently, by any means, but over time, I have some decent miles on my legs and muscle memory can take over where my training leaves off.

But when marathon training season comes around, I start having the same doubts every time, i.e. "What the hell am I doing this for?" or "I hate running long!" or "Am I going to be able to finish this long run?"

Clearly, after 4 marathons, I can go the distance. I just find it strange that sometimes my mind has more power than my body - or actually, that I GIVE my mind the power over my body. So maybe it's just a matter of "don't think, just run."


Tom said...

Every marathoner wonders the same. When your mileage starts to build, your confidence will soar and you'll be amazing again. After all, you are a marathoner. Your mind is your training partner too so let it do its work. What marathon are you training for?

healthyinnyc said...

Tom, I'm training for Chicago this year...