After logging all the miles prescribed on your training plan, your legs will probably be ready to run the marathon. But your mind is a whole different muscle. Most people overlook the mental preparation that can make life during training (and those 26.2 miles) much easier. Last year, a study at Staffordshire University in the U.K. looked at 706 ultramarathoners and found that mental toughness accounts for 14 percent of racing success—a fairly large chunk when your race takes multiple hours to complete. Bulk up your mental reserve now so you can tap into it on race day and make it to the finish line with this advice from sports psychologists who’ve worked with Olympic runners and marathon newbies.
| Aug 13, 2014