A successful marathon requires a strong mental game. Running for hours isn’t just taxing on your muscles, it’s mentally exhausting. Mile after mile, you need to remain calm and confident — you need to avoid being swept up in emotions either negative or positive because even small emotional swings can waste precious energy. And while it’s easy in the first five miles to keep your goal in focus, it’s in the last five that it’s most important.
Just like you have a plan to train your cardiovascular system and key muscles, it’s crucial to make a plan to train your mind. Adding meditation to your training calendar can help you close the gap between where you are and where you want to be.
Incorporating goal visualization will give you a huge edge on race day. When you find your mind drifting, or being tangled up in wasteful energy, you’ll be equipped to refocus and get your head back in the race.
Meditation can also optimize your recovery time, another crucial element to marathon success. Stress and anxiety can actually inhibit physical recovery, and meditation can calm your central nervous system and allow your body to fully recover. This is important every week and especially useful as you enter your taper weeks before the race by helping you avoid spinning into anxiety and stunting effective recovery before the big race day.
The 26.2 Collection includes three new meditation videos designed specifically for marathoners:
Start there or check out the entire collection of Jasyoga meditation videos. And while they are videos, there’s no need to watch them — so it’s easy to put on your headphones and use them anytime, anywhere.
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