Proper mental preparation will make your running workout easier and more efficient. If you have planned for every aspect of your run, then you will be more mentally and physically ready to achieve any running goal you put your mind onto.
Therefore, here are 4 steps for preparing mentally for your running :
1) The big picture:
Here you will be taking a more global look on your running. Before you head out of the door, you should have clear answers to the following questions: What type of run is on the schedule? Is there some aspect of this training run that you should pay particular attention to? What do you need to work on the most?
2) You present state:
Take a good look at yourself, and be aware of your current condition. Scan your body and find out if there is anything going on in your body that could negatively influence your run, physical, emotional, or mental: Do you have any pain or uneasiness in your body?
Do you still have any tiredness from your previous run? Are you experiencing any lower energy levels? If yes, due to what reasons? Do you have any injuries, stiff or sore muscles? Etc. I think that you are getting the pig picture. Basically anything that could draw you away from having a spotless undistracted run.
3) Make the right adjustments:
According to your answers to the above questions, you should make the right adjustments, especially if you need to accommodate something going on in your body. For example: if you have low energy levels, you might replenish your carbohydrate intake and get the needed energy for the exercise. This is not about making it perfect each time. There is no such thing as a perfect run – you should focus your mind on making progress on each run. Progress not perfection as the say in Alcoholic Anonymous.
4) Know specifically what you will be doing:
By now- you should have a clear picture of your current physical, emotional, and mental state. You should know what kind of adjustment you have to make. Therefore you know specifically what you will be doing and where you will be putting your attention during your run.
Energy goes where attention goes. If you are well focused and clear on what to do, success will be handy and very easy. And this skill will generate itself to every aspect of your life.