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Hopefully, these pieces of advice will help you enjoy your first marathon training journey and cross your first marathon finish line with a smile on your face. If you have enjoyed this article, subscribe to our magazine to get exclusive and free access to all of our articles!

GOOD LUCK!

Hopefully, these pieces of advice will help you enjoy your first marathon training journey and cross your first marathon finish line with a smile on your face. If you have enjoyed this article, subscribe to our magazine to get exclusive and free access to all of our articles!

GOOD LUCK!

Hopefully, these pieces of advice will help you enjoy your first marathon training journey and cross your first marathon finish line with a smile on your face. If you have enjoyed this article, subscribe to our magazine to get exclusive and free access to all of our articles!

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By Nathalie Garcia, Bewolfish psychologist specialized in sports psychology and coaching with experience in high-performance sports psychology, former athlete.

Being an athlete means having converted one of our passions into a job. Although we can apparently think that because it is our passion, it does not require an effort, this is not true.

Being an elite athlete requires many hours of training, but it also means making great efforts in other areas and personal sacrifices. From the outside, it may seem easy but nobody talks about all the family meals, friends’ parties, and weekends in which, or you cannot be there, or you have to follow strict guidelines to keep fit. For all these reasons, there are times when your motivation can diminish and you may ask yourself what you can do to change it.

The motivation related to sports is called motivation for achievement. In other words, it is the desire to reach a higher level and to control our sports performance. An important aspect to keep in mind is that, although it seems that motivation appears or is built on emotions or sudden thoughts, it is not like that. Motivating thoughts or emotions appear when we act in a certain way.

Be active

This brings us to our first recommendation: to be motivated you have to be active. One of the main mistakes we make when we are not motivated to do something is that we expect to be motivated before doing it. But it does not happen like that.

As it is logical, to be motivated, you not only need to train, follow a diet and carry out a physical, psychological, technical or tactical preparation. You must focus on the efforts that lead you to your goal but it is also important to be aware that these efforts are really serving your purpose and that at every step you are closer to it.

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Follow a plan

Our last reflection leads us to our second recommendation: follow a short, medium, and long-term objectives’ plan that shows you why all your efforts are worth it. If you do not know the purpose of the tasks commanded by your coach or other professionals, you must ask them. Be proactive and, give them feedback of your effort to be responsible and to be more involved in the process.

Motivation is often seen as an all-or-nothing concept. That is, either I am or I am not motivated. Forget this concept and start to see it as something gradual. It is very difficult to be always 100% motivated. Instead, try to achieve the maximum motivation you can have at every moment.

We must imagine the motivation as the deposit of gasoline that we have to make our routine (in your case, all the training and competitions). The fact is that we have a single deposit that we use for sport, but also for all the other areas of our life. This means that if at some point we have problems in other areas (economic difficulties, couple problems …), we will have less energy available for sport.

Do not worry

Therefore, our third recommendation: stop worrying and try to always give the best version of yourself. We are motivated if we feel that we are capable of facing something that is a challenge for us. If the concern for being motivated makes you lose your way and makes you stop acting, you will enter into a loop that will only make you less motivated.

So, if you are trying to recover or maintain your motivation until the end of the season, plan and set your objectives, act constantly to achieve them and be your best self. You will see that the motivation will eventually appear.

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