Stay focused on what you want to achieve
Whether you want to finish a race or make a certain time, it’s important that you stay focused on your goals, and not so much on other things (with the exception of family and friends, of course). Treat yourself to a good movie or nice bottle of wine on the odd occasion, but don’t forget about what you want to achieve from your race and be prepared to put in the hard work to achieve it.
Set realistic goals
Instead of wishing you could be as good as Joan Benoit or Frank Shorter, start wishing you were as good as you can be. There’s nothing worse than setting an unrealistic goal and not even getting close to achieving it. All you’re going to get is an overwhelming sense of disappointment and dissatisfaction to what should have been a really positive experience. You’re over 30 now, so things don’t come as easily as they used to, unfortunately. It’s best to set a goal you think you can truly achieve and not something that is beyond your capabilities.
As mentioned earlier, having a positive mindset is essential for every long-distance runner. It can help you stay motivated and keep you going when you feel you can't face another training session or take another step. The rewards that come with crossing the finishing line are what make it all worthwhile; and having a positive outlook just makes the whole experience that much more memorable and special.
By following these points, you are guaranteed to go from Negative Nancy to Positive Polly.
Curt Davies is a marathon enthusiast and has his own website that is stacked with information and other goodies regarding marathon running and training for those over 30. To find out more about Curt and all things marathon related, visit www.marathondriven.com