We all know that training the body is only part of what makes us better runners. Those running performances that seem to exceed what we thought were possible — our greatest runs — come when our minds are completely working with us. Sometimes, they take us by surprise, sometimes they are exactly what we planned. Regardless, for them to happen at all our mental state must be in complete harmony
In the list of reasons why people run, weight loss comes near the top.
Running is obviously a very effective way to reduce and control weight. Indeed, many runners who started when overweight have long since left behind any concerns they had about their weight.
Of course it’s not as simple as that.
Consciously focusing on weight loss means being focused on being overweight, which in
I’ve been running for quite a few years now, and been coaching for a few too.
I always endeavour to be the optimistic trainer. By this I mean that when in doubt about running or training (and I don’t mean due to health reasons), just go. Get out there, engage with nature — whatever it throws at you — relish the challenge, the invigoration, and the sense of being alive. We always
According to researchers at the University of Surrey, people who fail to lose weight while taking anti-obesity drugs do so because they fail to alter their beliefs about their own ability to lose weight. This is in line with Henry Ford’s famous quote, ‘Whether you think that you can, or that you can’t, you are usually right‘.
What we believe influences our thinking and hence
…being flexible (and I don’t mean lithe!!)
My scheduled run for Wednesday was an interval session – 6 x 1km with 75 second recoveries – and I had planned to do that at 2pm in the afternoon, just before school pick-up. The littlest person in the house had other ideas! He wanted to nap at 2pm, so I had to reschedule – not an unusual occurence these days!! Now, it gets
…..and sleep training.
My session today was one which I usually look forward to with a mixture of anticipation and dread – 6 x 1 kilometre (at 10k pace) with 90 seconds recovery. I usually do these sessions on a disused railway / trail but, after my encounter with an unfriendly dog 2 days ago, I looked for an alternative. The good thing about the old railway line is that it is relatively