Every time, I’ve added a mile to my longest run, it’s hurt. Doesn’t matter how fit I think I am, there is always going to be a new pain. I’ve heard some people referring to this as the “wall”– it’s just a point in your run, ride or whatever where your body passes from what it knows to what it doesn’t know. Right knee, left hamstring, left ITB band, somewhere I have pain.
Having the right mental mindset and tactics to overcome it:
Talk to yourself:
Yesterday, I tried a new tactic. I called it “duly noted”. I would feel the pain and then tell my pain “Ok, I noticed you, now be quiet”. I did this for miles yesterday! We added only 1 mile to our longest distance, but it seemed like I had pain in my legs the whole way.
Stop and Stretch:
Every few miles, we took a stretch break. All this running is putting pressure on my already TIGHT hamstrings. It’s pretty tough to get a good stretch in the hamstrings on a street curb, but a leg lunge and a calf stretch can alleviate a lot of tightness for me.
Focus on the end goal:
To successfully complete the St. George Marathon with a PR 40 minutes faster than my last marathon. By focusing on the WHY it’s easier to tell my body that the pain is ok. Better now, than during the actual race.
Put the blinders on:
Pretend like you have tunnel vision and only focus on the stop signs, trees, mail boxes, whatever. Just focus forward not on the pain.
Create your own mantra. Talking to yourself in a rhythmic positive way. Particularly for me is to focus on LIGHT and FAST.
Marathon training is not for sissys. It hurts. I keep asking my buddy, “don’t you think next time we train like this it will be easier?” I think yes. Assuming that our pains can be helped with proper stretching, massage, a foam roller, Epsom salt baths, ice baths, and proper nutrition so long as the pains do not lead to injury!
Anybody have any tips or suggestions for training when your body just wants to walk?