PIC­TURE A STRONG SPRINT TO THE LINE

Runner's World (UK) - - Fuel -

En­vi­sion­ing the run­ner you want to be – one who doesn’t let up or give in – is one of the most im­por­tant men­tal skills you can har­ness if you want to push your lim­its, says sports psy­chol­o­gist Dr Grayson Kim­ball, author of Grate­ful Run­ning: Men­tal Train­ing for the Long Dis­tance Run­ner (lulu. com). ‘Neg­a­tive think­ing can be a self-ful­fill­ing prophecy,’ he says. ‘If you think you’re too tired to go on, then you’ll prob­a­bly stop. If you see mile marker 22 and think, Oh,

this is where I al­ways fall apart, then you prob­a­bly will. If you can en­vi­sion your­self run­ning strong, glid­ing up hills and sprint­ing across the finish line, you can boost your self-con­fi­dence and use it to power you.’

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