December 8, 2024
Half Marathon, 10K & 5K Races

Running tips from Carrie Tollefson: Mental Preparation

I will always be amazed at how much running is a mental exercise.  Don’t get me wrong, hard and smart physical training is very important in achieving personal results.  But mental training delivers maximum performance.

In 2009 in Negril after a solid year of physical preparation I ran my first marathon at Reggae Marathon.   I had trained hard.  I took advantage of all the training tips, put in the long slow distance runs and diligently did my speed work.  I ran with a running group whose founder had run the Boston Marathon a number of times. I picked his brain on what to expect in the full marathon.  I visualized the different stages of the race and especially of crossing the finish line.  After all that, I still got to the start line that morning cialas with apprehension: did I have the mental toughness to finish the Reggae Marathon?

Carrie Tollefson, who raced and won the 10K at last December’s Reggae Marathon recently put together a video about about what she does to prepare mentally.  While she is an Olympic-level athlete, what she shared can be applied to mid-pack runners like me.  And while it may be a long way to Reggae Marathon 2012, it’s never too early to start working on your mental state of mind.  Take a look:

Thanks Carrie.  See you at Reggae Marathon 2012.

And yes, I did finish my first Reggae Marathon in 2009.  It took longer than I expected and I kept my wife anxious waiting at the finish but I crossed the finish line with a smile.

Until next time…

Reggae Marathon RunninGuy


For more information, check out the Reggae Marathon Web Site.  Photo courtesy of Errol Anderson. For more about Carrie Tollefson, check her web site, CTolleRun.