Training for the Boston Marathon requires both mental and physical grit, as we explored in last month's Globe article "Head Strong." Clear motivation and a positive attitude go a long way.
Richard Ginsburg, co-director of the Sport Psychology Program at Mass General, offers a few phrases to keep you going, too. He tells a team running for the MassGeneral Hospital for Children to keep their focus by repeating "Keep the pace" or "Stride and breathe."
I like the landmark mantras: "Finish strong" when you're near Fenway or "Citgo, 3 to go" when you see the sign looming over Kenmore Square. Make that "Citgo, 1 to go" when you actually pass it.
There must be 25,000 more. Care to share?
- Steve Silva, Boston.com senior producer, two-time Boston Marathon sub-four hour runner.
- Ty Velde is a 16-time Boston qualifier who's completed 12 consecutive Boston Marathons and 25 marathons overall. Ty is now training for his 13th Boston run and will provide training tips for those who train solo and outside, no matter what temperature it is.
- Rich 'Shifter' Horgan is a 19-time Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team member who runs in honor of his father, who died of colon cancer. He will provide updates on local running events with a focus on the charitable organizations that provide Boston Marathon entries for their organization's fund raising purposes