ONE WEEK TO GO UNTIL THE BRIGHTON MARATHON: Siggy
Visualise yourself at that start line - that is an accompliment already! Then visualise crossing the finish line. This has always felt like a dream. I have to remind myself that this is what I'm really working for. Every mile has a smile, and a purpose. No mile will ever be the same, but that's where you realise how to control your race and pace, just putting one foot in front of the other and being that much closer to your goals and achievements, making it all worth it.
Keeping my mind happy and my body balanced, this week, I've really made a conscious decision to be still. Be grateful for what is and what is not in my life. It's equally as important to try and not let those thoughts mentally - and physically - stop you from trying and being your best self.
It all starts inside your head, so decide to push beyond your limits, stay strong. Or go home. Remember the power you alone hold within, and use it when you start to hit the wall to embark on the most important journey of your life, whether that be YOU, a marathon, a new job. Sustain it and remember your 'why' is your everything.
During tapering the week before a marathon, we have all these emotions, including anxious energy. We want to get rid of it, which makes us want to exercise more, but we must breathe, relax and stretch, pedal, jog, swim or foam roll out these nerves.
Mental will is a muscle that needs exercise, just like the muscles of the body.
For me, it means knowing when to take a break. It took me awhile to learn this and it often still feels like a test, but the difference is now that I choose to listen to my body. My reoccuring IT band issue is now classicly pulling and niggling on the knee and it has been and still is bothering me. However the Brighton Marathon is way too important to me. And it could be so much worse. But here’s hoping a couple more days of relaxing with further stretching. strengthening and conditioning does the trick!
Strength doesn't come from what you can do, It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn't!
I have finally found a new strength and I am getting more and more pumped with adrenaline about putting my Mission Marathon journey to the test. I am getting that finish line feeling!
If you want a pre or post Marathon massage who better than Siggy, a fully qualitied Federation of Holistic Massage Therapist, with her own Sports and Body Massage treatment room in Worthing? Check out her website www.sportsandbodymassage.com for treatments, prices and bookings.
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