Running is 90 percent mental, or so the saying goes. And if you've ever bonked, DNF'ed or suffered through a bad track workout, then you know this to be true. Few other sports can challenge your brain as much as your muscles, or offer as many emotional highs as lows. So it's no surprise that to be successful on the pavement, it's about far more than putting one foot in front of the other. But how do you stay motivated, fight the negative self-talk and stop comparing yourself to others? We called in the experts for tips on how to overcome the most common mental barriers that come their way. Read on for seven strategies to boost your mental muscle.
All In Your Head? Running is truly a mind-body sport, says Mindy Solkin, coach and founder of New York City's Running Center. "If the body isn't cooperating, you have to use some self-talk to get through it and fight on,” she says. “Running is a self-propelling sport.”