Wednesday, December 23, 2015

A Big Goal for 2016

My main goal for 2016 is to run a sub 4:00 marathon at the Vancouver Marathon.

I figure I add another big goal in and run 2,016 miles in 2016.

That's a lot of running. That's about 3,240 km.

Or about 9km every day.  EVERY day.  Yikes.

Or about 63km every week.

My peak training week for marathon training in about 82km, which puts me above the threshold.  But
that's peak.

Last year I ran about 1,600 km which is about half what I need.

This is a big challenge and I can't wait to get stuck in in 2016.  Wish me luck!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Four Tactics for Mind Running

Running is clearly a mental sport.  You can train your body as much as want, but if your head is not in it, you’re not going to do well.

This became obvious to me starting the last lap of the Whistler 50.  I had sixty kilometers in my legs and still had twenty to go.  I was teary eyed and just kept repeating “I’m so tired” to myself over and over again.

The mental game had began.

I focused on running the next five or so kilometers to the next aid station. And then repeated to fade.

But how does one train the mind for the hardships ahead?  I have four tactics I use.

  1. Mastermind Nootropics
    I take Mastermind twice a day.  Mastermind is a top-of-the-line nootropic.  It’s made from plant-based, non-GMO, fully organic ingredients.

    What does it do?

    Mastermind is superfood for the brain.  It helps with: Mental fatigue, alertness, mental agility, reaction time,depression, mood, and many other mental things.

    Personally, I find it helps me stay focused on my runs and helps me get a deep sleep every night which greatly helps my recovery.
  2. Meditation
    I meditate once a day for ten minutes using the Headspace app.

    It’s a guided meditation revolving around various topics such as balance, focus, stress, anxiety and many others.

    The ten or so seconds at the end of the meditation when my mind is still is as good as a a power nap.

  3. Sleep
    Sleep is soooo important for recovery.

    About an hour before I sleep, I turn off all the lights and read a book under very low light conditions.

    I think this helps my body to get back into natural rhythms.  Turning the lights off triggers my body into thinking it’s night time and to begin the process of getting to sleep.

    Staring at a computer screen or a TV for an hour before bed has the opposite effect and just confuses the body.

  4. Run Long. Really Long.
    Practice makes perfect!