Tag: running

Trusting Your Training

Trust is critical to your success as a runner. This is paramount when it comes to training. You need to actually believe that the training that you are doing is going to help you accomplish your goal. When you step on the starting line you need to know the the work that you have done …

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Believe in Yourself: The power of self belief

Believing that you can do something is vital to your success as an athlete. This essentially is a positive attitude about yourself, your training, and your racing. Additionally, self-belief or self trust is the ability to know your body and respond to it appropriately. You need to be able to trust the feedback you are …

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Mantras: The Magic of Self Talk

The third tool is the mental game is using mantras or self talk. This is something that you may already be doing instinctively during long runs, workouts, and races. Today I will talk a little bit about the research that supports this and some tips for incorporating it into your training. It is a proven …

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Process Goals in Depth

In my previous post on process goals, I spoke about having process related goals for every time you go out for a run, whether that is an easy day, a workout, or a race. You need to have goals that you are in control of that are not time related. Things like form cues or …

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Mental Rehearsal for Runners

As I was browsing through my collection of running tomes (Daniels, Noakes, Magness, Hudson, Lydiard, etc.) something struck me. In the midst of all the talk about base building, tapering, long runs, and tempos, there is hardly anything on the mental aspect of training. If you do a bit of searching online you will find …

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The Mental Game

As important as mental toughness or mental fitness is to success in running, the vast majority of the information out there is focused on the physiological aspects of training. Training schedules, tips on the long run, and strength routines to help you improve running economy and minimize injuries. There’re seems to be very little about …

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Recovering by Feel

One of the staples of my current training schedule is some sort of speed session on Wednesdays. I will do a tempo run, a fartlek, or some configuration of comfortably hard running. In reviewing my training logs for the past few weeks (you should do that on a regular basis) what I found is that …

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Three Items every Runner Should Own

RaceDots, Foam Roller, and Elastic Bands

Today I am going to talk about three things that every runner should have and use regularly. I am not mentioning the obvious things like shoes or a gps watch. Those are super obvious and you most likely already have a religion like relationship with your shoes and your watch (or is that just me)? …

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How and when to break the 10% rule

There is a lot of conventional wisdom in magazines and the internet about only increasing your mileage by 10% per week. The claim is that this helps to prevent injury. The underlying assumption is that the more you run or the more drastic the change to your training, the higher your chance of injury. There …

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Process Goals: The Road to Running Mastery

US Women's Steeple Team

Running is most certainly about getting fast times and it’s also about mastery of a process. In terms of fast times, none of us will win every race that we enter. We won’t run personal bests at all of our races either. Not even most of them. Wins and personal bests are extremely rare occurrances …

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