Mental Training for Long Distance Runners
by Kathleen Lisson
I am still thinking of the excellent article on mental training I read in Runners World recently. In 'How to Build Mental Muscle,' Alex Hutchinson details how he used "brain training" to strengthen his resolve in the last miles of a marathon.
Does Being 'Bored' Slow Us Down?
Hutchinson found that exhausting his mind with a boring online task for an hour before a training run helped him to simulate late-race conditions. I understand how this could happen - running after a long day of work often seems far more tiring than it should be.
- Could being mentally exhausted affect race time just as much as physical exhaustion slows us down?
- How can we as runners strengthen this weakness and perform at our best late in a race or on a long run?
What can you do as an athlete to simulate mental exhaustion before a training run? Let me know your ideas by sending me a tweet at @kathleenlisson
Read the article here: http://www.runnersworld.com/race-training/how-to-build-mental-muscle?page=single