28 Jun '14, 1pm

How to Build Mental Muscle - A must-read article by @sweatscience Excellent! #Training #brain

These results may have shocked scientists, but as a runner I didn't find them surprising at all. I'd seen how a change in my perception of pace had allowed me to run faster than ever in the 1500. And subsequently, I'd experienced how my brain could hold me back when I moved up to longer distances: In 5000-meter events, I always slowed dramatically in the fourth kilometer, when it felt like I was pushing as hard as I could, only to discover that I had plenty of energy left for a furious sprint over the final lap or two. In 10-Ks and half-marathons, it was even worse: I couldn't sustain the focus needed to keep my pace steady during the second half of the race. Yet I could always rally for a strong finish, which convinced me that the problem wasn't that I was out of energy or hitting insurmountable physical limits—it was in my head. I wanted to attack my mental weak point, b...

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/race-training/how-to-build-me...

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