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ON YOUR MARKS - THE SIMILARITIES BETWEEN PREPPING FOR A MARATHON & PREGNANCY

I awkwardly bend down to tie my shoe laces with a strong sensation of butterflies in my stomach. A year ago, stiffness from heavy training and nerves about my upcoming Marathon in Toronto would have been the cause. Today it is belly obstruction and a little human having a morning stretch inside.


Given the great physical and mental challenges associated with childbirth and running a Marathon it is no surprise that comparisons are often drawn between these two feats. Over the past eight months however, I have found myself relating aspects of my Pregnancy experience to Marathon preparation. From mental preparation and nutritional considerations to some of the physical symptoms, I feel that my sporting background has helped to bring familiarity and helpful strategies to this new stage of life.


The psychology of managing discomfort.

In the days and weeks leading up to a Marathon I prepare mental strategies to help me through those moments of extreme fatigue and inventible discomfort. Throughout my twelve Marathons to date, this handy tool kit has expanded to include visualisation techniques, positive affirmations, breaking down the goal into smaller parts, cues to help me focus as well as methods of distraction, mindfulness, mantras and relaxation