Marathon Thoughts: Thank You Rob Thomas! Posted by Meagan on October 2, 2013 Add comments Oct 022013 As most long distance runners will tell you, running is just as much about mental toughness as it is about physical toughness. We’re now four days out from running our first marathon and, at this point, it feels like it’s all about the mental game. I’m confident in all of the training I’ve done, and my longest run of 21 miles (which took place a couple of weeks ago) felt pretty good. So, as we wrap up our tapering, my focus has been not so much on running, but on trying to keep a positive outlook and working on strategies to stay positive during the race in preparation for hurdles such as hitting the wall. The following video is a funny look into the mind of a marathoner during the course of 26.2 miles of running. It gave me a good laugh, and definitely made me feel like I’m not alone in having an almost constant internal dialogue going with myself when I’m running. Enjoy! What did you do to relax and prepare your mind during the final week before you ran your first marathon? Did you have any unusual thoughts keeping you going during the race itself? I know one of mine will probably be excitement about the promise of a bottle of chocolate milk at the end! Similar Posts: My First Half-Marathon: 5 Survival Tips Photo Finish The Sprinter vs. the Marathoner Preventing the Chocolate Mess Cruz Control: An Interview with Rolando Cruz – Part 1 Technorati Tags: first marathon, marathon, marathon thoughts, mental stamina, running, running tips, running videos Pin It Written By: Meagan Meagan is a graduate student and avid volcano and pie enthusiast. She spends most of her time thinking about the development of the magma chamber at Crater Lake. Her free time is spent running, blogging, playing with her bunny, and watching too much TV. Meagan started running in May 2011 and ran her first half marathon in October 2012. She is looking forward to her first marathon in 2013! http://christophpuetz.com/ Christoph Puetz Not quite there yet. My first marathon is 11/17 – still time for me to think about tapering and mentally preparing.