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I've just been accepted to run my first 21K in October for Run to the Beat for the Meningitus Research Foundation (my sister had it)
Im very active playing and coaching football twice a week for youth girls and adult, spinning twice a week and running between 3 and 6 miles with the occasional Park Run 5K, so my breathing recovery I am happy with but I am struggling to get my mind right , I'll zone out on a run and then after about 3 miles my 'brain' starts telling me I can do this but the little devil on my shoulder is then telling me otherwise, making me suddenly aware on distance and any fatigue. If I am on the treadmill in the gym I will have my headphones on (started downloading the music on Itunes by Peter Cannellis Run to the Beat podcasts which helps) but then I'll be aware of the person next to me and how much faster they are running ARGGHHHH!!
SO what I would like to know is how do you overcome the mental wall...other than giving yourself a good talking to...without worrying how well the other person next you on the run is doing!! - I know I can do this but I get distracted and worry about my performance compared to an established runner ....is this just probably mental inexperience of training for this Half marathon.....did anyone else have slight ''panic'' or woes....I'll man-up soon!!