Today, we will touch on mental strength. How do you know you have it in you? How do you know if you are mentally strong or not?
I would say that it is your attitude towards the hard moment that will define this. Same applies in life I guess.When things get hard and that little voice inside your head is trying to play tricks on you, do you listen?
- Why are you doing this?
- You trained lots this week so slow down a bit
- You had a cold three weeks ago, so take it easy
- This race is not important so slow it down
- Fourth is good enough
- That old injury might be coming back if I push too hard
- Pushing too hard is not good for you
- I’m too old, hot, young, cold, unfit, over trained to be pushing too hard
- My leg hurts too much
I have heard it all in my own head or from my Coached Athletes.
At the end of the day, the person at the front will be the Athlete who can silence those voices and the person who wants it the most.
It is very easy to let those excuses take over but you’ll end up frustrated with a taste of a job not fully done. No better feeling than finishing a race and being able to tell yourself that you have done your absolute best and you gave it all. I hate coming back home with regrets and the “what if” question.
Please do 5 to 10 min easy jog warm up and warm down & keep running every second day only.
If you want to do extra activities in the middle of those two days, pick something like yoga, Pilates, aqua jogging, swimming, walking or riding…
Monday 75min easy jog on grass
Wednesday 90min easy on the soft surface please inc 10x400m Max with 200m hard and 200m easy = 8kms & record your time over that distance please
Friday 45min easy jog on grass
Sunday 90min easy on the soft surface please inc 10x250m accel = hard to max pace focusing on posture and cadence and recover down hill
Tuesday run 60min including 10x30sec Max on the flat x 30sec tempo & 120sec easy jog on the flat
Thursday 30min easy on the soft surface please like grass
Saturday run 90min in the flat 10x1000m hard = 90% please & 200m easy jog recovery as a bit faster than walking pace only