Running the 2019 Virgin Marathon?

Posted by James Thomas

Run it in your mind first.

marathon26 miles. It’s a long way.

And although long distance running may be more talked about these days it’s still a massive achievement.

Latest figures put it at 0.15% of the population. About a sixth of one per cent.

Just to finish still puts you in a very elite group. Regardless of your time.

So feel good about what you’re going to do.

And you WILL do it.

All it takes is a bit of thinking (ok, and training).

The doubts can creep in:

  • Can I do it?
  • Can I get faster?
  • I have to do it – everyone’s sponsored me
  • I don’t want to be overtaken be all those gorillas and Buzz Lightyears

But turn all that around:

  • They’ve shut central London off just so you can run around it
  • They’re all cheering for you
  • It’s your chance to join the running elite
  • It’s your chance to do better than last time
  • It’s your time - feel strong and powerful

Running. Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy.

In everything we do we are what we tell ourselves. Thinking positively and believing gives us every chance of success.

So when it comes to running hypnosis and hypnotherapy can help you with regular positive repetition become the incredible powerful runner you want to be. 

You can find yourself easily achieving the distance, feeling the resilience of your muscles and how easily your body moves you.


With hypnosis you focus your attention. Then with the ‘therapy’ part of hypnotherapy your hypnotherapist suggests powerful messages you can tell yourself to power you along.

This is also known as sports visualisation.

How it works.

hypnotherapyHow hypnosis and hypnotherapy works is by ‘damping down’ the conscious mind and bringing your subconscious to the fore.

It means I – as a hypnotherapist - can access the part of your brain that will implant ideas in there on a more permanent basis.

Your subconscious mind doesn't know the difference between a vividly imagined situation and a real one. So, by imagining situations going really well, (like your marathon run) during hypnosis, you can mentally rehearse, so that when that situation arises, you are ready for things to go exactly as you imagined.

I’m guessing that you know from your long Sunday runs, running is about controlling your mind as much as your body, so knowing how to ‘train’ your thoughts to your will is something you’re already familiar with.

Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy for runners.

runningCognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is the study of your current thoughts, feelings and actions.

For example, as race time approaches you may feel nervous, you might think you’ve not trained enough and you then may act as a runner who’s being cautious.

These things are only natural. But we can work together to help you:

  • set the scene for an enjoyable run
  • get a PB
  • not to worrying about the pain – if you’re hurting you can bet your bottom dollar everyone around you is too
  • reaching the finish line
  • imagine getting the medal
  • imagine getting the photo of your crossing the line
  • having that great shot to post on social media
  • enjoying the whole process.

Remember you’re running The 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon. London is closed for you. Yes, YOU! You’re running in the same race as the world’s best distance runners. You’re on TV. All that training is going to pay off. 

Why? Because you’re going to tell yourself so.


James Thomas is a Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapist based in Lincolnshire. He runs The Gentle Mind Hypnotherapy Ltd.

He's also run seven marathons.

He believes we are what we tell ourselves. That when we relax we are kinder to ourselves.

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Topics: Hypnotherapy, Health, Hypnosis, Running

In a Nutshell



You can do it!


Let’s focus your mind.

Your cognitive behaviour

Let’s talk about how you’re currently thinking feeling and acting about your run.


Together let’s recreate your run to be more:

  • Powerful
  • Injury-free
  • Free flowing
  • Resilient
  • Something to enjoy!


Let’s use hypnosis to inspire your imagination. Visualise your run. Change how you think feel and act on the big day.

Good luck. Go smash it!

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When we’re not ourselves we burn ourselves out. Physically and mentally. I want to help you be kind to yourself. Be a better version of yourself. In effect have a relaxed and gentle mind.