25 Ways to Get Psyched for Your Fall Marathon

There comes a point in marathon training where you either can’t think about anything else or you can’t wait until you can focus on something besides running.  I’ve been on both sides of the coin.  I find October to be one of the hardest months because you know you are so close and that every last run counts, but you have also been training for 5 months and are starting to miss your other workouts. 

I am both excited and nervous for the NYC Marathon.  I don’t feel like it’s going to be my best race, but I also know that the mental side of running matters as much as the physical.  I want every run to go perfectly, but I know that’s not a reality.  But my physical training will soon be coming to an end, so I have been trying to amp up my mental game to cross the finish line strong!

Here are some of my favorite ways to get pumped for a race…

1.) Read UltraMarathon Man

2.) Buy a ruffly running skirt

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3.) Join a running club, like:

4.) Get Some Rundies, if these don’t inspire you to run your butt off, nothing will.

5.)  Watch Spirit of the Marathon..bring tissues

6.) Read one of these amazing blogs or one of these—so many to choose from!

7.) Or start your own blog

8.)Run on your very favorite route

9.) Or try out a new treadmill workout

10.) Read Born to Run (okay this is actually on my to read list, but I hear it’s good.)

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

11.) Or Run for Your Life, the Fred Lebow Story


12.) Browse Runners World, I love the Newbie Chronicles!

13.) Sign Up for NYRR Running Classes, if you pay, you’ll run!

14.) Pretend You’re Kara Goucher

15.) Rework Your Playlist

16.) Envision Your Post Run Meal

17.) Treat Yourself to a Massage

18.) Ask  your friends to track you or even join you for a few miles of the race

19.) Get inspired by a Star

I'm a Runner: Al Roker

20.) Imagine crossing the finish line…and know that every run and every step gets you closer to that goal!

21.) Plan Your Race Outfit…don’t forget throw away clothes!

22.) Buy your race fuel

23.) Pick out the necklace you can proudly wear once you have achieved glory

24.) Think of how 8 miles once seemed like an impossible distance and now is a welcome short taper run!

25.) Picture the medal be placed around your neck at the finish line!

9 responses to “25 Ways to Get Psyched for Your Fall Marathon

  1. LOVE this post esp since I signed up for a marathon yesterday!!! Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. OMG!!! Which one! Congrats! It will change your life :)

  3. Thanks for linking to me! Also, a MUST READ: A Race Like No Other. So inspiring for anyone running NYC! I have my massage booked for Nov 9… and also for this Sunday. The sports kind, not the relaxing spa kind. I need to finally watch The Spirit of the Marathon.

  4. Thanks for reminding me of the book’s title, I will have to pick it up! Spirit of the Marathon, used to be free on hulu, it might still be!

  5. great list! visualizing the finish is an awesome one – i’ve been doing this quite a bit. and i’m always looking for an excuse to pick up more cute running clothes :) one that i’d add to the list is to plan a little weekend getaway for the weekend after the marathon. it’ll be the first whole weekend in months that you can stay up and sleep in! (I’m either going upstate or to VT).

    dori: i just got a race like no other today! i’m going to read a little every day until the marathon.

  6. I’m not even running a ‘thon this fall and I’m pumped for fall races! I spectated the Chi Marathon this weekend… no better motivation than to watch 45,000 run their hearts out!

  7. I always say that the marathon is the day to celebrate. Run with a smile on your face. Celebrate the end of your training. This is the day you worked towards. Enjoy it! Good luck!

    PS. Ultra Marathon Man is a great read!

  8. I appreciate all of your tips and inspiration!

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