Monday, April 12, 2010

8 Can’t Miss Boston Marathon Brain Strategies


So the mileage is done except for a few fine tuning and nerve relieving runs this week.  The only thing left to do is to get our brains and minds ready to go.  Today I came across the link above by Jeff Brown, Psy.D.,(co-author of The Winner’s Brain and is on faculty at Harvard Medical School).   As I begin to read the article I am amused by the obvious observation by Jeff, that we as marathoners, are somewhat neurotic detailed in our thinking about our sport.  The article has some great race day strategies that may be helpful for you on Monday in Boston or at any other upcoming race or challenge.  As we make it through this last week, I hope for each of us 
Happy Thoughts, Happy Hearts, and Positive Minds

19 comments:

Teamarcia said...

thanks for the link--I need all the help I can get! :)

Scott Keeps Running said...

Here's wishing you positive thoughts. :)

MCM Mama said...

Love the advice not to tell yourself you're never doing this again. Every time I say that, my husband rolls his eyes. Of course, I've said it before...

Tricia said...

thanks for sharing!

lindsay said...

hope you are able to stay (relatively) calm and collected this week :) 6 days!

Meg said...

THIS IS a great article, Ginny! I'm going to send it to my B running friends, thanks!

Julie said...

Hi Ginny,
What a great post:) Maybe someday when I get to Boston it will come in handy!! Okay, it is wishful thinking but a girl can dream:) Thanks for sharing!

Jill said...

I went to a seminar at Boston last year that this guy gave (attend some seminars, if you get a chance) and bought his book (which I can't find immediately but will let you know the name of it if I find it). I was very impressed with him, he really made you think a lot about the psychology of the race. One thing he said to do, and you should do this if you want: Close your eyes and visualize yourself running the Boston marathon and crossing the finish line. Okay, now, open your eyes (do this before you read any further)...did you visualize yourself viewed through YOU as the person running across the line or did you visualized yourself viewed from someone along the sidelines watching cross the finish line??? (Does that make sense??) Let me know which way you saw yourself, if you want, one of them has a higher % of those running strong at the end. It's just something fun, but something that stuck in my head for a year!

You're going to have a great time, Ginny!!

Petraruns said...

Great article and nice link! Loved that last point particularly about not lying to yourself about not doing it again. Ha! He really is in our brains isn't he?

Hope we can meet up in Boston - I'm 18492 so near you - I'll try and find your email somewhere on this site and give you my details!

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

neurotic...why yes thank you :)

So excited for you what an amazing thing to get to do!!

misszippy said...

That is an awesome article! I love the quote "negative thoughts make shoes heavy." Thanks for sharing it.

Ulyana said...

Those are great!!!! One day I'll use them :) Bookmarked!

Jill said...

You made me laugh with your message :).
I don't recall the exact percentages but way more people closed their eyes and witnessed themselves crossing the finish line from the eyes of a bystander - but they also were not as running strong at the end. You WIN!! :)

Email me, if you want/find the time in this madness, and let me know what wave you're in and your travel details and such: runlikeagirljp@gmail.com

LMC said...

Great article. I will hold on to it and read it every once in a while as I train to qualify for Boston (and then for Boston-pretty bold, huh?)! Thanks for sharing! I am sending lots of positive vibes your way. I hope you have a great race and lots of fun in Boston!!!

Emz said...

Thanks for this post.

Excellent.

Enjoy Boston!

Tara said...

Good luck in Boston next Monday! Wow!!

Alison B., "Runbuggy" said...

I am new to your blog (from Meg Runs) - AND - I am definitely obsessive. I'll be running the 2010 NYC marathon. I now have a 6 month old baby boy. I've been reading the "Run Less, Run Faster" book like a lunatic and I am driven to follow this program - yes, I'm obsessing about it! My brain keeps thinking of ways I'll be able to fit my training in with the baby - I'm training for a half marathon now, and I feel it's a learning ground for how I'll do things differently with the baby and my time when the marathon comes (like get up at 4:30 AM?!?!?). Nice to find your blog!

Anne said...

Have a great time in Boston!!! Enjoy every minutes :)

Teamarcia said...

Ginny I'll look for you too! Hope the rain holds off! Have a fantastic race!